Books by Barbara Samuel

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The Sleeping Night

Starcrossed lovers show up often enough in romance, but rarely with such convincing emotion as in The Sleeping Night. Barbara Samuel's tale of an interracial couple in postwar Texas takes readers through a rollercoaster of emotion as we see her characters dealing with love, loss, and poisonous bigot ...

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Lady Luck's Map Of Vegas

Did you ever read a book that has you telling every person you come in contact with to read it? Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas is that book for me. I feel the need to go to my local bookstore, stand in the "S" section, and subtly point out this title to all who pass by. This 2006 RITA award winner lived ...

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Madame Mirabou’s School of Love

It is very rare for me to receive a book in the mail, sit down immediately and read the whole thing in one sitting. But, Barbara Samuel’s Madame Mirabou’s School of Love hooked me in from page one and the next thing I knew it was midnight and I’d finished it. It’s a wonderful ...

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The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue was not what I was expecting. The cover shows a bunch of young women having a grand old time eating and laughing. But the book is much more about tears than laughter. The goddesses of Kitchen Avenue are four in number. There is Roberta, the new widow, who can't ...

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A Piece of Heaven

I couldn't wait to get my hands on Barbara Samuel's A Piece of Heaven. She is a wonderfully talented writer who excels in being able to build a story in such a way that you can see the atmosphere and feel her characters' emotions. When I read her first hardback, No Place Like Home, I spent two days ...

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A Piece of Heaven

Barbara Samuel is a great favorite of many AAR reviewers, and here she again shows why. Her lyrical writing and her real characters create a comforting place for readers to stay a while. Luna McGraw is a recovering alcoholic struggling to fix her life. Her alcoholism allowed her ex-husband to ...

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No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home is the third book I've read in 2002, and with such an auspicious beginning, I can only feel hopeful about what this new year will bring. What a beautiful story this was! Jewel Sabatino is smack dab in the middle of the hardest part of her life when she receives news that she ha ...

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Night of Fire

Ooh-la-la, what a treat this book is! I have admired Barbara Samuel's writing, and Night of Fire, the sequel to The Black Angel, merely cements my admiration. A lush setting, strong characters, an impossible love - if it weren't for a slight falter at the end, this one would go in the box I'm taking ...

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A Bed of Spices

I have been glomming Ruth Wind/Barbara Samuel for a while. The results have been quite successful, but locating her full-length historicals as written under her real name has been difficult. I searched longest for A Bed of Spices, the book I had been most eager to lay my hands on, since it is one of ...

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The Black Angel

Historical romances often seem to exist in a vacuum. Generally the writer seldom bothers with the social attitudes and problems of the society at large. After a reader has finished an historical novel, she does know a bit about the manners and mores of the ton, but what of the world outside that lit ...