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Friday, May 21, 2021

Yes—These Are Your Grandma’s Romances by Nancy Fraser πŸ’• Excerpt Tour & Gift Card Giveaway πŸ’• (Vintage 1950s Romance Anthology)

Ah ... the Fifties!

A time of innocence, and the not so innocent. From “I Love Lucy” and “Willy” to “Private Secretary”, “Father Knows Best” and “Bachelor Father”, television and music from the fifties gave us inspiration. Come take a trip down memory lane with these five vintage reads!

Get your romance on, and make grandma proud!

Ed Loves Marnie ~ 1955 - Can this handsome military man convince the single mother to take another chance at love? Or, will their shared memory put a wall between them?

Willa Thomas, Attorney-in-Love ~ 1956 - Will these co-workers be able to tow the company line and forego a chance at love? Or, will they risk everything for love?

Professor Knows Best ~ 1957 - Will this freaky trip back in time to 1957 give her the answers she seeks? Or, only more confusion? How difficult will she find it to navigate being best friends with the college-age version of her own mother?

His Private Secretary ~ 1958 - Can she run interference between her handsome boss, his needy family, and the scores of women trying to bed him and wed him and still remain unaffected by his many charms?

The Bachelor Father ~ 1959 - Will Nanny #5 be the one to finally ace the job, and coax him out of his shell and back into life? And, will a family vacation to Paris fulfill their wildest dreams?

from Professor Knows Best ~ 1957

It wasn’t until Susan’s head hit the pillow later that night that she realized one thing for sure—time travel really takes it out of you. She spared a moment’s thought for her parents. The father she’d barely known. She’d been four when he’d shipped off to Vietnam and never come back. Meeting him now—as a young man—was a gift she’d never imagined, yet would never forget.

Her mother, taken from her just two years earlier in 1985, not long after she’d watched her only child graduate with a master’s degree in history.

And, her professor. The one person she’d relied on after her mother’s passing. The man she’d fallen for, despite their best intentions to maintain a professional teacher-student relationship. She thought of his gentle prodding, the way he’d shared his love of history.

Oh, the arguments they used to have... 

“Kelley, what kind of drivel is this?”

“What drivel would that be, Professor?”  

“Your argument that Paul Revere didn’t make his famous ride. That it was really his manservant.”  

“It’s just a theory, Professor.”  

“If you want to theorize a change to treasured American history, I suggest you join one of those radical groups you kids are so fond of these days.”  

Just when she’d been about to defend herself, he added, “You keep thinking outside the box like this, Kelley, and they’ll try to make you a professor.”  

She’d smirked at him then, drawing a grin from him in return. “I certainly wouldn’t want that, now would I?”  

Tired, Susan fell asleep, her last thoughts of the man she thought of as her mentor, and her closest friend.

When she awoke the next morning, she was still in the small room beside Sybil’s pantry, still in 1957, and still confused as to how she’d gotten there. 

By noon, she’d managed to secure herself a job at the new diner, a fancy pink and white uniform to wear, and permission to enroll in one university class—even though she had to lie about her transcripts being on their way. 

What would it be like, she wondered, to sit in Matt’s class just as he began his long and distinguished career? She couldn’t wait to find out. 

At half-past two, she took her seat in the back of the lecture hall. The same seat she’d sit in nearly thirty years later. When Professor Jennings made his way to the front of the auditorium, she did what she’d always done, made eye contact and smiled. Rather than the cautious half-smile she’d become accustomed to, her smile was met with a broad grin that extended to his soulful chocolate brown eyes. 

The admiration she’d known for years had suddenly taken on a new dimension. No longer were they constrained by their age difference, their concern for their reputations. Now, they were nearly equal—both in age and experience. She closed her eyes and drew a deep breath to calm the flutter of her heartbeat, to still the sudden and unexpected, yet thoroughly enjoyable possibility. 

After class ended, she waited patiently in her seat until the other students left the hall. It took longer than usual, she realized, due to the fact that Matt was young, handsome, and every other female in the class wanted a few more minutes of his time. 

“So, Miss Kelley, did you enjoy the lecture?” he asked, ascending the stairs to where she sat. 

“I thought your observations on President Lincoln’s assassination were a bit over the top. The idea of an accomplice for Mr. Booth has never been proven.” 

“Just because we can’t prove something, Miss Kelley—” 

“Susan,” she corrected him as he’d done her the night before. 

“—doesn’t mean the notion is wrong.”

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Jumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Nancy has published over forty books in full-length, novella, and short format. When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.


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  1. Thank you so much for featuring my anthology on your beautiful blog. It's always fun coming here for a visit. Given it's really early at the moment, I will definitely be checking back later for more comments.

  2. This sounds fun. Thanks for the new puzzle!

  3. This sounds like a very good book.

  4. Ah, the Eisenhower years - the Golden Age! Donna Reed, take me now!

  5. sounds like a fun one

  6. I like the cover reveal puzzle


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