Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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Merely a Marriage

Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley is not merely a book: It is the final book by a beloved, iconic author of the genre. I’m happy to say that this swan song is a fitting closure to an illustrious career. In the custom of so many historical romance novel heroines, Lady Ariana Boxstall doesn’t wa ...

B-
A Stranger at Fellsworth

Reading historical romance presents history fans with a conundrum. I’ve heard it said that much of the history presented in these novels is “Heyer” history or “Austen” history, meaning that the facts placed in historical romances are influenced more by what these fiction authors wrote than ...

B+
The Pearl Thief

Code Name: Verity is one of the most memorable YA novels I have ever read. A breathtaking story about a young Scottish woman taken prisoner for being a spy in Nazi Germany, it was heart wrenching, enlightening, beautiful, and lyrical. The Pearl Thief is the prequel to that tale, a look at Julia befo ...

B+
Goodnight from London

Ruby Sutton thought the call into her editor’s office would result in the termination of her employment; instead, she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is to go to London and report from there on the European war. In the summer of 1940 there could be no sweeter assignment for an ambiti ...

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Kill All Happies

Have you ever longed for a Disney movie with a lot of cussing, sex, drugs and alcohol? You know, sort of An American Pie but with the silliness of The Shaggy Dog – minus the magic? Look no further, Rachel Cohn’s Kill All Happies will deliver on that dream. In the desert, about an hour’s dri ...

B+
Missing

Here in the Northern Midwest the weather is warming up, the sun has finally come out from the clouds it’s been hiding behind, flowers are blooming and it seems as though summer may actually be just around the corner. I had my doubts there for a while. And of course, thoughts of summer immediately ...

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I Found You

I had never heard of Lisa Jewell before picking up I Found You but fortunately, she is on my radar now. Similar in style to Claire Mackintosh and Holly Seddon, Ms. Jewell delivers a smartly crafted, atmospheric novel with tautly paced suspense and impeccably timed revelations throughout.  You will ...

B
A Crown of Wishes

Roshani Chokshi weaves a narrative of legend and magic based on Indian folklore in her latest novel A Crown of Wishes. This rich look at an ancient culture is full of lush, vivid imagery that will pull you into a story that is truly one from a long time ago in a place far, far away. This is the s ...

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Some Small Magic

I’ll start with a disclaimer: I don’t find magic in the charm of Southern hill people’s poverty. I don’t find ignorance endearing. I don’t find struggle necessarily enlightening. I think to enjoy this book you would have to appreciate all three. Abel Shifflet is used to things not going ...

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When Tides Turn

My parents were big fans of 1940s and 1950s cinema and those films hold a high nostalgia factor for me. I love the fashions, the glamour and glitz and the dramatized emotions. And the language: “Aw, shucks!” and “Gee, whiz!” spoken in place of “F” bombs but with equal fervor always bring ...