Reviews by Keira Soleore

A
Snowdrift and Other Stories

Before  you accuse me of giving an 'A' to Georgette Heyer and not to her work, let me hasten to assure you that each and every one of the stories in this collection is fabulous! I smiled from the first page to the last, so delighted to be enjoying my introduction to Heyer’s short stories - I had ...

B
Tempt Me at Twilight

Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale. And this is the heart of Tempt Me at Twilight. Poppy Hathaway wants a commonplace, gentle life in the countryside, yet she finds herself in a marriage to a driven man and living in a hotel in London. How is she to r ...

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The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo

What an amuse bouche of a story! In the just ninety pages that comprise The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo, Zen Cho builds a larger than life portrayal of Jade Yeo, her motivations and her shortcomings. The powerful message of this story is that love is accepting and love is kind. Even if you make a mist ...

D
The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You had such promise: a hard-bitten photographer who travels to the world’s hotspots in pursuit of newsworthy photographs, is swept away by a small-town gal who’s seen nothing of the world. Despite the finessed start, the story falters almost immediately, brought low by overwriti ...

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The Horse Dancer

It was just her and her horse, unobserved, free; she felt this freedom like any other horse-borne traveler over thousands years, back to Xenophon and the age of the Greeks. Sarah Lachapelle has an all-consuming, perfectionist connection with her horse. Boo. When one trains with a Selle Français ho ...

B+
Under a Sardinian Sky

Under a Sardinian Sky offers the reader a complete immersion into the Sardinia of the 1950s. Every page makes you feel as if you’re right there experiencing everything, as there is no detail deemed too big or too small to reveal the subtlest nuances of the setting. Joy of family and familial love ...

A
The Temporary Wife / A Promise of Spring

The Temporary Wife is one of those perfect romances, where the emphasis is on romance rather than a lot of extracurricular activity. And within the scope of the category-sized story, Balogh delivers a master class on how to write a Marriage of Convenience plot. Anthony Earheart, the Marquess of S ...

C
The Sinister Spinster

I picked up The Sinister Spinster, because it involved foreign diplomacy with a spot of spying and detecting. While there are a plethora of Regency historical romances involving spying by the nobility, diplomacy is an under-utilized plotline. An alliance with Russia in 1814 in the wake of Napoléon ...

A
Lady Ann's Excellent Adventure

Set in 1802, Lady Ann’s Excellent Adventure is a perfect gem of a short story, full of verve and joy and I simply fell in love with it. The Earl of Evesham is merrily tooling his new curricle through the streets of London when he spots a young woman perched in a tree. He approaches her after convi ...

B
Desperate Measures

Set in 1810, Desperate Measures is a romance that takes place during one evening at a ball. Young Lydia Bettridge is suffering from the pangs of unrequited love. She’s desperate to have her brother’s friend, the Golden God, Geoffrey Danforth, notice her, so she and another of her brother’s fri ...