Title: A Late Summer Night’s Dream
Author: Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Page Count: 79
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Among Oxford’s dreaming spires, can a widowed professor and a wide-eyed scholar make their own dreams of love come true?
Simeon Shakespeare is living his academic dream. As an Oxford scholar, he spends his days in libraries and whiles away his nights at the theater. A mix-up over a seat number leads to a very awkward first act, but that’s nothing compared to what happens when the lights go up.
Professor Anthony Meadows is finished with love. Shattered by the death of his husband, he divides his time between his book-lined study and Oxford’s theaters. The last thing he needs is an annoying research student bickering with him over who should sit where.
When Anthony and Simeon discover they have more in common than a shared love of the Bard, it looks as though the stage is set for romance. Yet with the memory of Anthony’s lost love keeping the professor from moving on, can Simeon’s love mend his broken heart?
This duo of authors is quickly becoming my favorite. The writing is superb, with smooth pacing and well framed plot. There is added quirkiness to word choices (it might be just Briticisms!) but for me it’s exotic and charming.
It’s a short story but with surprisingly detailed view of characters. They and their previous experiences are driving the plot. It’s plain love story, but the sincerity makes it outstanding. Anthony is widower while Simeon is adrift. Both of them needed something to make their life worth living and found it in each other. It’s very short, but it has nice meet-cute beginning, a requisite amount of obstacles and very sweet ending!