Be sure of your heart’s desire. The
diary grants a single wish to the one meant to find it, but
that one must be willing to make a sacrifice in exchange for
their heart’s desire. Welcome to 413 Remembrance Lane.
“Midnight Confession” by Cheri Valmont
Catherine Ashbury has waited six years
for Andrew Townsend to return home to marry her and when her
father tells her that Drew has released her from their
betrothal, Catherine decides she will have none of that.
Accompanied by two family servants, Catherine crosses an
ocean to find the man she has loved since she first saw him.
Andrew is not the man he once was, and is sure he is not the
one to give Catherine the kind of life she deserves.
Catherine knows magic and fate will give bring her heart’s
“Midnight Confessions” is a sweetly
erotic story of how true love can conquer feelings of
inadequacy. Catherine proves to Drew just how much she
loves him. The opening story for this anthology gives us the
setting for all of the stories here. The house on
Remembrance Lane comes to life from Cheri Valmont’s words.
“An Extraordinary Request” by Emma
Selena Duclos loves her husband Henri
with all her heart. Henri fears he will lose her love
because he is unable to give her a child. He comes up with a
plan for giving her a child to complete their lives, and it
involves his best friend Arthur. Selena is determined to
keep her husband and make him see that his plan is foolish;
she needs no one but him.
“An Extraordinary Request” teases the
reader from the very beginning, and continues to do so to
keep the reader interested. I was hooked from the first
paragraph by the mystery surrounding Henri’s request. I like
stories that make me wonder “what are they up to?”
“Of Death and Desire” by Jude Mason
Jonathan lives for his beautiful, young
master, and does everything he can to make him well. But
even his riches cannot save Philip from dying of
consumption. When Philip succumbs to his illness, Jonathan
is inconsolable. He is willing to give up his second love
just to have Philip healthy again. But will the diary work
to bring Philip back?
“Of Death and Desire” is my second
favorite story in this anthology. It is the first story by
Jude Mason that I’ve read, and I will definitely be reading
more. Jonathan’s love for Philip is so strong that my heart
broke right along with his.
“The War Within” by D. Musgrave (1945)
William Beauregard is home from the war
and he wants nothing more than to pick up where he and his
wife, Sheila, left off three years earlier, but he hasn’t
returned alone. He’s been followed home by ghosts, and
visions from his time overseas. The ghosts want his soul,
and when they're finished with him, they want Sheila.
William is willing to give up everything to keep her safe.
“The War Within” is the darkest story
in this anthology. Many soldiers come back home after war
accompanied by their own ghosts and memories. Our hero,
William, is given a way to get rid of his demons of war.
“Let the Sunshine In” by Jenna Byrnes
Scott and Terri Walker moved to New
Orleans to get away from California when Scott’s father
leaves him the house on Remembrance Lane. Rafe McAllister is
an artist who has also recently moved to New Orleans. When
they meet, there is an immediate attraction; especially for
Scott and Rafe. But can they have a relationship, especially
after Rafe confesses to being a werewolf? Terri wants a baby
and Scott wants Rafe. Will the diary grant this wish?
“Let the Sunshine In” is my favorite
story in this anthology, not only because of the hot
polyamorous relationship, but because I am a child of the
70’s. This story holds memories for me. Two hippies and a
werewolf make for a strangely satisfying family.
“My Vampire, My Love” by Skyler Grey
When Candace Thibodeaux rented the
house on Remembrance Lane, she never expected to have the
most satisfying night of her life. Avakis Dregan is a
vampire who can’t stay because he’s afraid he will hurt her.
Candace uses the diary to set Avakis free from his dark
existence - but will she ever see him again?
“My Vampire, My Love” gets straight to
the heart of the story. Hot sex and a vampire….what could be
better? Well, being willing to make a wish for someone
else’s happiness, that's what, and a happy ending makes it
even better. It was a lovely way to make the reader happy
and ready to face the housework.
“The Life Not Lived” by Michelle
Natasha Armstrong is a tenured science
professor with a failed marriage, and her only regret is
that she turned away from her lover, Lydia, so many years
ago because their relationship would have held her back.
Natasha finds the diary and begins to wonder if she can go
back and live the life she wanted.
“The Life Not Lived” is just a little
different from the other stories contained in this
anthology. I liked the way the story was written to
emphasize past and present. It puts the spotlight on
Natasha’s decision. The story also makes me wonder what
would happen if we could go back and change a decision
made in the past.
413 Remembrance Lane Diary of a
House is well worth the read. There is something here
for everyone’s tastes, with each contribution acting as a
building block, used to tell one amazing story. I truly
enjoyed this collection of stories and think you will, too.