Regardless of time or place, mothers have always manipulated their children's marriage choices, ostensibly for the child's own good. Just in time for mother's day, four of Love Spell's most engaging authors offer short stories of romances proving that mother knows best. This anthology is very highly recommended.
"Mother, May I?" by Lynsay Sands (1353): King Edward orders Lord Jonathan to choose a bride within two weeks, or he will select a bride for him. Jonathan has been sidestepping women his mother selects for him for years. Now he feels outraged at her indifference when she offers to support his quest but refuses to aid his choose. Little does he suspect that the woman he dismisses as too learned and too voluptuous is just the woman she intends for him to marry! A delightfully romantic tale with wonderful characters, including a woman that breaks typical stereotypes of attractiveness, "Mother, May I?" proves that a mother knows what is best for her son.
"The Breeding Season" by Lisa Cach (1750): Evelina has high spirits and lacks discipline. Charles prefers a barnyard to a drawing room. Both are considered misfits and unmarriageable, so their mothers conspire to get them married. Another tale of an unorthodox heroine, Cach chooses to portray Evelina as a woman who daringly kisses the boys without regard to consequences, preferring to live in the moment and savor her freedom. Using this historically forbidden element to great effect, in addition to cosmetics and fashion, Cach demonstrates that two mothers scheming together can be twice as effective.
"Seeking Single Superhero" by Julie Kenner (Today): Her mother let a superhero get away, and her marriage to a mortal was quite disillusioning. Therefore, mom intends that Jennifer marry a superhero, even placing a want ad on her daughter's behalf. Jennifer, however, lives an extraordinary life determined by her job as a spin doctor, covering superhero events with a mundane explanation the press will accept. The last thing she wants to a superhero. What she wants is an ordinary mortal and an ordinary home life. What she gets a superhero working undercover. Maybe mom's way was right, after all, in a round about way. Terrific plot twists, unexpected superpowers and a wonderful introduction to the hero of APHRODITE'S PASSION. Once again Kenner demonstrates her superflair for creating the outrageous and delightful!
"The Day Her Heart Stood Still" by Susan Grant (Tomorrow): Her mother's love of the extraterrestrial made growing up in Roswell, Arizona a terrible challenge. It also fueled Andie's own dreams of the stars, resulting in her selection to be a part of the team soon to be announced that will fly on a three year mission to Mars. In the month before the announcement and the ensuing publicity it will entail, Andie returns to her hometown. While gazing into the night sky, she makes a wish for the man who could make her toes curl with a single look. She never dreamed her wish would come true with a man falling from the sky! This futuristic romance proves a mother's wisdom, however unorthodox. Grant makes the future believable with this tender and far reaching tale.