Books by Donna 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 Bront ...

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The Gilded Knight

The Gilded Knight is not a fast-paced book filled with exciting happenings. Instead, it's a quiet and introspective tale, and how you react to it will depend on how well you like the characters. Although Donna Simpson's characterizations can be exquisitely written (as in Lord St. Claire's Angel a ...

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The Duke and Mrs. Douglas

Donna Simpson used to be one of the few, the proud. Okay she wasn't a marine, but she was a traditional regency romance writer who told good stories and played the clichés running rampant in other regency trads to good effect. But lately something's changed. And it ain't good. T ...

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Lord Pierson Reforms

Donna Simpson is one Regency author I try to keep up with. Most of her books are still in my tbr pile, but I keep glomming because I've enjoyed the ones I've read. Her latest release, Lord Pierson Reforms, wasn't bad, but it wasn't truly inspiring either. The heroine is intriguing, but the hero is l ...

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Rachel's Change of Heart

Author Donna Simpson has a knack making difficult people seem sympathetic and interesting. Rachel's Change of Heart is the story of how a girl who seems to have everything re-examines her values and discovers that what she has attained is not nearly so valuable as what she gave up to get it. ...