This is an incredibly strong romance between two flawed, real and utterly delightful characters. Better yet, it’s got that one thing which can be ridiculously elusive in historical romances; it’s got diversity. Ursula, the heroine, is Jewish, full-figured, and definitely on the autism spectrum. In 1848 Philadelphia society, however, she comes across as unbearably brash and friendless except for Hugo, an awkward, bookish type she hopes to marry purely to avoid ending up alone.
This is NOT your average Regency Romance collection. Far from it. And that's a very good thing. Holly and Hopeful Hearts comprises a collection of eight novellas, one of which is woven through the other stories. They are all linked in theme, and there is a rather enormous cast which occasionally gets confusing, but that doesn't detract from the overall quality of the writing (excellent) or that special something which lifts this collection above the ordinary. Representation.