Books by Donna Lea Simpson

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Lord St. Clare's Angel

Originally published in 1999, Lord St. Clare's Angel is, on the surface, your basic fairy-tale type story of a plain-Jane who finds love with a handsome rake. But Donna Lea Simpson has turned that familiar plotline into something that transcends the trope. Our sometimes not-at-all likeable hero real ...

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Married to a Rogue

Married to a Rogue was originally published in 2000 under the title Lady Delafont’s Dilemma. It tells the story of an older couple – he’s forty-two, she’s thirty-six – who were desperately in love when they married fifteen years earlier, but who have been living apart for the past five yea ...

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Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark

Something about intrepid heroines, brooding heroes, remote estates, and rumors of dark doings will always have a special place in my heart. The best gothic romances I've read have a certain spark about them that gave me the shivers - but in a good way. With Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, Donn ...

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Awaiting the Night

Two mysterious Russian Counts converge on a dark night in an archaic German city, both seeking a lost artifact. This intriguing opening of Awaiting the Night held great promise, so with enthusiasm I worked through all of the foreign titles and unfamiliar names, and with patience spent the time to u ...

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Awaiting the Moon

The good news is that Donna Lea Simpson’s Awaiting the Moon takes place in 1795 (Translation: Not the Regency) in a remote area of Germany (Translation: Not England). Even better, the author does a terrific job of making the reader feel as if she, too, is isolated in a mysterious castle in a forei ...

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Time for Love

I have always been a sucker for the old-fashioned governess-finds-love-with-her employer plot. Nothing fancy, you mind. Give me a plain governess, some kind of troubled aristocrat, a bit of forbidden love and chances are, I am a happily engaged reader (personally, I blame it all on Charlotte Brontë ...