Reviews by Keira Soleore

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Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology

I truly enjoy historical novels where I’m not only entertained by a well-written story, but I also learn about a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge. So I really appreciated seeing a bibliography at the end of three of the stories in this anthology – a welcome first, because I’m ...

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Wild Horse Springs

There hasn’t been a single Jodi Thomas book that I’ve picked up and been disappointed with. Her quiet storytelling really speaks to me. While this book has some gripping action, overall, it’s a gentle tale of three intertwining strands. Dan Brigman is the sheriff of Crossroads, Texas, a man ...

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The Wicked City

The Wicked City is a delicious puzzle box of a book with handsome writing that gives a new look to stories set in the Jazz Age. Switching between 1920s New York and  contemporary times, the book is peopled by a witty irreverent flapper, a tough Prohibition agent, a young innocent Princeton student, ...

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Aly's House

When, in an Author’s Note,  an author apologizes for a reprint of an older book, especially when it’s a romance and she’s moved away from writing romances, you have to wonder if the book will hold up to the author’s current writing skills. And Aly’s House does. It’s well-written with go ...

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Silver Belles: An Over-40 Holiday Anthology

Romance is glutted with the innocent ingénues, so in Silver Belles, it was refreshing to read about people with more years under their belts. Many of the protagonists in these stories have children but are now empty nesters, and so are at the perfect moment in their lives for a happy-for-now joyful ...

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The Hampshire Hoyden

How I love this book! I have read and re-read it until my copy is falling apart. Michelle Martin’s writing sits solidly in the traditional Regency milieu with a lot of witty repartee thrown in. She wrote scarcely a handful of such books, and while they’re all superb, The Hampshire Hoyden is the ...

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Good Time Coming

I killed a man in the summer I turned thirteen. Sometimes I still see him in my dreams, his eyes as blue as the Gulf on a clear spring morning, his cheeks reddened by the hot Louisiana sun. So begins a powerful story of the U.S. Civil War as seen through the eyes of an observant and courageous youn ...

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The Fortress

The Fortress is a memoir narrated in first person by Danielle Trussoni about her second marriage, how it began, and what happened over the ten years of its duration. The author makes herself incredibly vulnerable to judgment by the reader as she goes into excruciating details about the good, bad, an ...

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An Amish Family Christmas

Christmas is a time for miracles, family, and happiness. This fourth book of The Charmed Amish Life series tells the story of bad boy Levi Kinsinger, who’s returned home in time to celebrate Christmas with his family - and the season has a miracle in store for him. When Levi’s father suffered ...

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Paris for One and Other Stories

Paris for One, a novella in this collection by Jojo Moyes, is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve ever read. I stayed up late to read it in one go, and I went to sleep with a smile on my face. It is set in Paris and is so quintessentially Parisian, it is a delight. Nell is a meticulous, organ ...