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The Book of Lost Friends

I've been aware of Lisa Wingate's writing for many years, but it wasn't until I picked up a copy of Before We Were Yours in the summer of 2017 that I considered myself a fan. In the almost three years since that day, I've read several of her backlist titles and I'm now completely under her spell. So ...

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Who Speaks for the Damned

Who Speaks for the Damned is book fifteen in C.S. Harris’ series of historical mysteries featuring aristocratic sleuth, Sebastian St. Cyr, and could, at a pinch, be read as a standalone.  While earlier books in the series featured a long-running plotline concerning Sebastian’s his search for th ...

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True to Your Service

Butler Mae Valentine and former Major Hamish Kitt, the spy who loves her, return in this third instalment in Sandra Antonelli’s In Service series – which started life as a trilogy but is, according to the author’s notes, going to be expanded to incorporate a fourth book sometime in 2021. True ...

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The Iron Crown

M.A. Grant’s The Iron Crown is The Sixth Sense meets Vikings plus magic. Grant takes an outlandish mash-up and handles it with intelligent writing, but doesn’t treat the central love story as central, which means the book – though marketed as one - ultimately doesn’t feel like a romance. ...

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The Professor's Green Card Marriage

Beware of judging a book by its title. Had I listened to my inner book snob, I would not have read Heidi Cullinan’s beautiful romance The Professor’s Green Card Marriage. I had passed over the novel a few times because I believed the clunky title to be too literal and uninspired for my tastes. B ...

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The Earl Takes a Fancy

The Earl Takes a Fancy is book five in Lorraine Heath’s Sins For All Seasons series, which features the six Trewlove siblings, all but one of them by-blows of members of the nobility who were handed over to baby farmer Ettie Trewlove who, instead of neglecting them (as was, sadly, the most common ...

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Sleeping With Her Enemy

Did I buy this book because of the attractive East Asian man on the cover? Reader, I did. Was I disappointed? Reader, I was not. Amy Morrison has everything on track - a successful real estate career, a doctor fiancé named Mason, and the perfect three-bedroom house in a great Toronto neighborhoo ...

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Master Wolf

Master Wolf is the eagerly awaited second instalment of Joanna Chambers’ Capital Wolves duet and concludes the story begun in Gentleman Wolf, which introduced readers to the beautiful, elegant, devil-may-care Lindsay Sommerville and Drew Nichol, the rather dour architect with whom he falls head-ov ...

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The Henna Artist

In The Henna Artist, author Alka Joshi introduces readers to a smart, independent-minded heroine, struggling to gain independence in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Lakshmi Shastri makes her living creating beautiful henna designs on the skin of some of the city's wealthiest women. It's a ...

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Redeeming the Reclusive Earl

Redeeming the Reclusive Earl is an enjoyable read from an author who knows her audience (me!), and delivers what I like to call ‘comfort food,’ novels.  Virginia Heath is reliably good, and sometimes exceptional (see:  The Wild Warriners, and His Mistletoe Wager).  In this book, I liked the p ...