Books by Elisabeth Fairchild

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The Love Knot

Sometimes I look at a TBR Challenge prompt, and the perfect book comes to mind, sometimes I look at it and … it doesn’t.  “Dress for Success” was one of those times.  I was all set to give up and just read a random book from the TBR when I found I had Elisabeth Fairchild’s The Love Knot ...

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The Holly and the Ivy

It’s no secret that I love a good Christmas romance. With this month’s TBR theme being holiday romance, I just had to go looking for something Christmasy, and preferably historical. I found a treat in Elisabeth Fairchild’s 1999 trad Regency, The Holly and the Ivy. It’s not high drama, but ra ...

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The Holly and the Ivy

Originally published in 1999, The Holly and the Ivy brings together a young man who has never enjoyed Christmas and a young woman who loves it, but is finding it a trial this year, being separated from her loving and beloved family and missing them profoundly. Charles Thornton Baxter, Viscount Ba ...

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Valentine's Change of Heart

Valentine Wharton was last seen in Captain Cupid Calls the Shots, when he was struggling with drink and more than a little in love with the heroine. Now he's sobered up and starring in a book of his own with a Jane Eyre-ish vibe; he's a sardonic, enigmatic employer in love with his daughter's quiet ...

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A Game of Patience

A Game of Patience started out strong but as the book progressed, it became increasingly difficult to read. The problem? An odd choice on the author's part: she apparently decided that if saying something once is good, then saying it two or three times in different ways is even better. This not only ...

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Sugarplum Surprises

Sugarplum Surprises is exactly the type of book I hope to read when I open a traditional Regency Romance. It has a worthy heroine who is somewhat down on her luck, a noble hero (who is the furthest thing from a cad), a fun Bath setting, period detail (and period mores), an engaging plot that never s ...

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Captain Cupid Calls the Shots

I wanted to read Captain Cupid Calls the Shots by Elisabeth Fairchild because I was amused by the title. I quickly learned that the book, though it is quirky and more than a little odd, is not a comedy. A deep sense of melancholy pervades this love story between two wounded souls. Alexander Shelb ...

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Breach of Promise

Breach of Promise is a rural Regency Romance set mostly in the village of Chipping Campden in the Cotswold region of England. It is one of the most frustrating books I have recently read - beautifully written with some of the best rural scenes I have read in a long time, but marred by characters wh ...

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The Holly and the Ivy

Charles Thornton Baxter, fifth Viscount Balfour, also known as Lord Thorn, dislikes Christmas. This particular Christmas season is even more irritating than usual because he has lost the services of his valet, Temple, a man who was closer to him than his own father. Now, in addition to the other C ...

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The Rakehell's Reform

The Rakehell's Reform has an extremely melancholy air about it, one which never goes away, even when good things happen. The sadness in the lives of Rakehell Jack Ramsay and bourgeoisie Selina Preston permeate every page of the book, so that there is never a sense of joy to be felt, and that include ...