Books by Amanda McCabe

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The Wallflower's Mistletoe Wedding

The Wallflower’s Mistletoe Wedding is a pleasant, light-hearted story set in an English country home at Christmastime in which two lonely people find love amid the hustle and bustle of a family house party.  It’s an easy read to which the word ‘nice’ can be frequently applied;  the hero an ...

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Betrayed by His Kiss

The book reviews that are often hardest to write – as AAR staffers will agree – are those for books which fall into the middle range, the C grade books which aren’t bad, but which don’t really have anything particularly special to make them stand out from the crowd. If you love or hate somet ...

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Tarnished Rose of the Court

Oddly enough, while I was reading Tarnished Rose of the Court I also happened to be reading Meredith Duran’s At Your Pleasure - which has a very similar plot. Both have sisters whose brothers are or were involved in treasonous plots, both have heroes and heroines who were in love in the past and w ...

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The Winter Queen

If I were grading The Winter Queen on the setting alone, it would get an unqualified A. It's set in 1564, and the heroine is one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies in waiting. Better yet, all the action takes place during the Christmas season (from shortly before the holiday to Twelfth Night). And, McCabe ...

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High Seas Stowaway

High Seas Stowaway has a unique time period and setting that might lend to something truly exciting. Regrettably, even the Renaissance, Venice, Hispaniola, pirates, codpieces, blood vengeance, and the Spanish couldn’t make this one completely interesting. For Bianca Simonetti, ...

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A Sinful Alliance

A Sinful Alliance is set in the too-little used Renaissance period, featuring intrigue at Henry VIII's court between two non-English leads, one an assassin charged with killing the other. Fun! Marguerite Dumas is The Emerald Lily, a spy and assassin who has worked for the French crown since she ...

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A Notorious Woman

A Notorious Woman begins in grand fashion. Set during Carnival in 16th century Venice, it is obvious from the outset that this story will be full of intrigue, and that readers will have to pay attention to the various twists and turns of the plot. Perfumer Julietta Bassano has been summoned to the ...

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Lady Midnight

Having written traditional Regencies and one Super Regency, Amanda McCabe makes a solid debut in her first full length Regency historical, Lady Midnight. Katerina Bruni, the daughter of the most famous courtesan in Venice, is at a party on a yacht with her potential first protector, her mother, and ...

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The Star of India

I am a sucker for the childhood-friends-falling-in-love plotline. I like the grounding that it gives to a romantic relationship; you know the love found isn’t entirely based on a physical, hormonal reaction, but rather on a friendship, a relationship and a history that goes back years. And whe ...

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Lady in Disguise

Unlike many traditional Regencies, Lady in Disguise is set against the background of a specific historical event - the 1814 visit of Tsar Alexander I to England. Lady Emma Weston, niece and ward of a Russian diplomat and his English wife, arrives in England for her first visit to her homeland since ...