Moonstone is the 2014 Little Gems anthology published by the Romance Writers of Australia, of which I'm a member. Much earlier in the year I promised to review it for the Australian Women Writers Challenge - even if not all the stories are by women. I'm truly disappointed then that life is so busy this review has to be short. So here are my jotted notes. This is a great anthology of romantic stories from authors developing really distinctive voices.
The Minstrel’s Trial by Allen Brown
Romantic historical with a dashing hero and villains nicely thwarted
Jake’s Best Friend by Rowena Candlish
I can't say anything without being spoilerish. Enjoy!
Minnie’s Year of Living by Rowena Candlish
Cheeky, but keeping it real. A delight to read
My Moonstone Love by Heidi Catherine
Sweet, romantic, a touch of magic
Luna and th Moonstone by N F David
Eerie. Nicely plotted.
The Moonstone Legacy by Fiona Greene
This science fiction romance rocked. Great world building, especially in a short story.
The Farewell Letter by Jennifer Hoff
Heartstrings tugged in this historical romance
The Heart Surgeon by Fiona Kekic
Very nicely played. Fun premise, well executed
Moonlight on Water by Linda Knightley
Fear of spoilers doesn't let me say what I'd like. Read, be surprised - and entertained by the style
Moonstone Hill by D D Line
A contemporary romance, real and emotional, with nicely developed characters - and nice. I do like sympathetic heroine and heroes. A lot of story for the word count
Catch of the Day by Patricia Poppenbeek
Loved the title and the cute story with its genuine emotion worked well.
The Real Thing by Anne Prince
A celebration of love's magic - and the magic of the moonstone
Moonstruck by Michelle Skidmore
Rock star romances are hot right now. So is the hero, so how can Emma resist him?
The Girl Who Refused to Marry by P J Vye
Great story about complicated emotions and how life changes.
Available here (scroll down the page) http://www.romanceaustralia.com/p/186/Little-Gems-Anthology