Books by Barbara Bretton

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Laced with Magic

The second in a series featuring a knit shop owner and sorcerer-in-training has an interesting premise, but Laced with Magicleft me confused and disappointed. It is Chloe Hobbs’ destiny to maintain a protective charm over Sugar Maple, Vermont, a town filled with vampires, werewolv ...

B+
Just Desserts

In my opinion, a good romance can be likened to a good cake: sweet, just a little bit fluffy, with some rich flavor and pretty decorations. Just Desserts channels this concept very well. Hayley Goldstein lives a life that, if not completely normal, isn’t too out of the ordinary. She has her own ...

B
Shore Lights

Shore Lights is a lovely book about family, the relationships between parents and children, and how some feelings go unsaid when you just can't find the words to express them. Hopefully I can do a little better than the characters in that regard in this review. Maddy Bainbridge a ...

B-
A Soft Place to Fall

I had certain preconceptions about this book, because judging from the advance copy I was given, it seemed to be "Women's Fiction" rather than romance. So I expected a lyrical profundity in the prose, as what you might experience in, say, Anita Shreve's writing - charming but not exactly what you'd ...

B
At Last

For those who enjoy stories of long-term friendship that blossoms into love, here's one to consider. The outline is familiar - poor girl and rich boy find love, are doomed by disapproving family, Love eventually Conquers All. Happily, the author layers this framework with enough texture to make the ...

C+
The Day We Met

Maggy O'Brien's life seems far from the stuff of romantic fantasy when we first meet her in Barbara Bretton's The Day We Met. She's the divorced and harried mother of two, coping with the news that her ex-husband is about to remarry, and hoping not to get caught in her pajamas as she drives her daug ...