Historical Romance

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The Marigold Chain

Narrated by Alex Wyndham So, so many people love The Marigold Chain (really, anything by Stella Riley) and for good reason.  Her attention to detail - from the dialogue to the setting and time period  to the clothing -  everything is pitch perfect.  However, The Marigold Chain is history dens ...

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The Sea Before Us

When I was growing up, one of the movies often watched at my home was The Longest Day, an epic WWII film starring classic cinema stars John Wayne, Sean Connery and Henry Fonda. Using quasi-documentary style storytelling, the film dramatizes the events of the Battle of Normandy and a small part of wh ...

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The Lacemaker

Readers have been obsessed with heroines who tumble down the economic and social ladder for centuries, from Victor Hugo’s Fantine to Hillary Duff’s Sam.   The heroine of The Lacemaker must conquer both a downward social tumble and her fear of committing to romance, all while trying to keep her ...

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Besieged and Betrothed

In Jenny Fletcher's Besieged and Betrothed, readers get to witness what happens when one king dies and two claimants to the throne fight for dominance. I’m reading for the romance rather than a history lesson, so I didn’t factcheck the story, but the history presented does give an interesting b ...

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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

Many of us have known that broken, empty hearted feeling that comes with the realization that the one we love doesn’t love us back. In The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey Carolyn Miller does a good job of capturing that emotion and taking us on a roller coaster ride of heartache to romance as a jilted ...

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Where We Belong

It’s hard to part ways with a beloved author. However, considering the experience I had reading Ms. Austin’s previous book (Waves of Mercy) and after finishing Where We Belong I’ve realized I will not be reading her future works. While her backlist has afforded me much joy, these latest novels ...

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A Strange Scottish Shore

When I read A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, the first of Juliana Gray’s historical mystery series featuring the intrepid Emmeline Truelove, I wasn’t – at first – quite sure what to think.  There’s a mystery, yes, and a bit of romance… but I wasn’t expecting the time travel element or th ...

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

I enjoyed every bit of this book and I need/want to convince you to read it too!  Delightful, charming, funny, addictive and entertaining, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is chock full of both vice and virtue.  The Grand Tour of Europe planned by our protagonist quickly goes awry and ev ...

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Gladden the Heart

Gladden the Heart is the fifth novel in Olivia Newport’s Amish Turns of Time series. This loosely connected set of books examines key moments in the history of the American Amish church from the 1895 split over the teaching of Sunday school (Meek and Mild) to the issues surrounding the great depre ...

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The Captain's Daughter

Many historical romances are full of high drama and characters whose daring and tragedy flood the page with emotion. The Captain’s Daughter comes to us from an author whose style is a dip into warm and calming waters.  I was immersed immediately in the flow of the writing and the struggles of peo ...