Historical Romance

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My Highland Rebel

Cormac Maclean is a wannabe manuscript translator whose quest for knowledge leads him to many an escapade. When we meet him he’s 'borrowing' some manuscripts from a monastery in order to read them, for instance.  Cor (and I have no idea why this contraction was used - I kept thinking “Cor, Blim ...

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Lord Sebastian's Secret

Another of the Gresham boys meets his bride in the third volume of Jane Ashford’s series, The Duke’s Sons - Lord Sebastian’s Secret. When we first meet Lord Sebastian Gresham, he’s riding his horse, Whitefoot, to Stane Castle to meet his betrothed, Georgina.  Sebastian, a horse lover by ...

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The Worthington Wife

This sequel to An American Duchess focuses on Julia Hazelton, sister to the hero of that book. Julia reacts to the lively atmosphere of the 1920s by trying to help others, seeking to use her dowry to enrich the lives of women widowed by the first war. Older brother Nigel, still the stuffy sort, t ...

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Four Weddings and a Sixpence

The stories in Four Weddings and a Sixpence, a new anthology from some of the biggest names in historical romance, follow a group of friends who each find love with a little help – perhaps – from the old sixpenny piece one of them finds lurking beneath her mattress. Something Old - by J ...

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Lady Claire is All That

I struggled to begin this review because I’m still not sure how I felt about Lady Claire Is All That.  Did I enjoy reading it and was I entertained?  Yes, and yes.  But did I like it?  I’m still on the fence.  I was surprised by Ms. Rodale’s modern style juxtaposed against a traditional r ...

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Bound by a Scandalous Secret

Bound by a Scandalous Secret is the third book in Diane Gaston’s current series, The Scandalous Summerfields. I haven’t read either of the previous entries, but this one works perfectly well as a standalone.  The Summerfield siblings –  three sisters and their half-brother – have been tain ...

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Roger's Bride

I am not usually one for medieval romances, so I was shocked when I liked Roger’s Bride as much as I did. Kathryn of Mandeville is the daughter of an abusive tyrant and has vowed never to marry so she will not be controlled by a man ever again. She knows that her family needs an alliance with Angl ...

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The Lady Who Drew Me In

The Lady Who Drew Me In is the third book in Thomasine Rappold’s Soul Survivor series, which mixes historical romance and mystery with a little dash of the paranormal.  I haven’t read the previous two novels, but I gather from reading the synopses, that the heroines, like Daisy Lansing - the he ...

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The Trouble with Dukes

Grace Burrowes’ The Trouble with Dukes sees her returning to the extended Windham family, who were the subject of her first published works.  The Windham Brides series introduces the four nieces of the Duke and Duchess of Moreland while also reacquainting readers with the various other family mem ...

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Unlocked

Stephen King once said that publishers disliked novellas because they "they were too long to be short and too short to be really long." And it's not just publishers, is it? Read through reviews of novella after novella here at AAR and you'll read of similar dissatisfactions. I can think of no one ...