Books by Beth O

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Daughters of Paris

Elisabeth Hobbes’ Daughters of Paris is a story of intrigue, romance, and redemption. I found it to be an enjoyable if somewhat predictable read till the end of the novel, where things took a turn for the worse. While playing in the yard of the high-end Parisian apartment building in which they ...

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The No-Show

The No-Show didn’t quite jibe for me.  While Beth O’Leary normally can do no wrong in my eyes, this is the lowest grade I’ve given any of her books, and that’s for one reason – she expects us to feel sympathy for Joseph, the central guy here.  Naturally, she weaves a mature narrative out ...

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The No-Show

First, a bit of backstory.  Months ago, I optimistically requested The No-Show on Netgalley.  I was thrilled (and surprised) when I received a notification that my request was accepted.  To be honest, I requested The No-Show because it was an O’Leary book, and not because of anything I knew abo ...

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Daughter of the Sea

Elisabeth Hobbes dips her toes into the historical fiction side of the writing pool with Daughter of the Sea, the tale of a foundling and the woman who takes her in.  This pretty, lyrical tale is honest and lovely, with some perfect prose imagery. Effie Cropton has a sailor husband and an infant ...

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So Many Beginnings: A Little Women Remix

The best literary retellings take us to new places and bring new worlds to light.  So Many Beginnings does a beautiful job of applying the basic background of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women and adding a whole new layer of emotions and experiences to it. I have read many retellings of the story, ...

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The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Beth Morrey’s The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is a well-realized character study with a firm, brash, non-soppy narrative tone that draws the reader right in and keeps them close at heart, but it left me with a few reservations. Stoke Newington resident Mrs. Millicent “Missy” Carmichael i ...

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The Road Trip

Narrated by Josh Dylan and Eleanor Tomlinson The Road Trip opens in the PoV of Dylan Abbott, just after he and close friend Marcus set off on a road trip to northern Scotland to attend a friend's wedding.  Dylan’s sort of listening to Marcus struggle to apologize (for what we don’t know - ye ...

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The Road Trip

Beth O’Leary’s The Road Trip should have ticked all my boxes - I love a road trip book, forced proximity is fun, and I’m a sucker for second chances. Additionally, Ms. O’Leary’s first two books were delightful. This one? Not so much. Why? Well, let’s get into it. Dylan and Addie met i ...

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A Marriage of Equals

Harlequin Historicals continues to demonstrate that smaller packages contain not just good things, but sometimes, things that are great. As a young girl, Psyché Winthrop-Abeni came to England from Jamaica with her biological father, a white man (her enslaved mother had died). She was raised alon ...

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Present Danger

Present Danger includes a reunion romance, but the love story takes a definite back seat to the intriguing mystery the characters need to unravel. As the first book in the Rocky Mountain Courage series, the author strives to introduce a large cast of characters spread across an expansive geographic ...