Books by Jeanette Baker

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Legacy

Intersections between the present and the past, romance and just a touch of the otherworldly, and, of course, plenty of dark secrets. These are the key ingredients of the sort of books that grabbed my attention all through high school and college, and Legacy has them in spades. I don't know how I ma ...

F
Chesapeake Summer

I picked Jeanette Baker's Chesapeake Summer to review because I had enjoyed her previous writing. So I had great expectations for this new book, which, unfortunately, was beyond disappointing. The story was so complex, with so many different plots and characters, that it was almost impenetrable. I w ...

C
The Delaney Woman

The Delaney Woman began well, slowed down in the middle and then finished fast, almost too fast. The love story wasn't a good fit with the mystery and Tom Whelan was too passive a hero. However, the women characters were well done and the writing was smooth. It had its good points... it had its b ...

B
Blood Roses

I must have a thing for betrayal books. Two books I've recently granted DIK status - Rightfully His and Prospect Street - have explored themes of betrayal. There is something extremely affecting about the feelings dredged up from this type of situation. Jeanette Baker does a fine job of exploring th ...

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Spellbound

Molly Tierney planned to spend a year teaching, and learning about the Irish part of her heritage, in Inishmore, a small island off the coast of Ireland. But when she arrives, her brother and sister-in-law, Kerry and Danny, have just died - leaving behind three young children. Kerry's brother Sean O ...

B+
Spellbound

This extremely well-written book won my mind, but never quite won my heart. Some AAR readers will definitely adore this book, but it’s hard to sum up the essence of Spellbound in a way that won’t produce misleading expectations: this is a book about Ireland that’s like no “Irish romanc ...

C+
Irish Fire

There have been several stories lately that have taken place among the horse industry of Ireland (or Irish families in the horse industries of America). If you love these stories, here's another one for you. Caitlin Claiborne left her husband, a powerful Kentucky man, because h ...

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Nell

When I first saw the title Nell, I pictured the wild-child title character from the Jodie Foster movie, and I was sure I would never get that mental picture out of my head. About fifty pages into the book, I had lost that mental picture entirely. I was so engrossed in the storyline that I couldn't t ...

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Nell

Lately, I've begun to think that there's nothing new under the romance sun; it seems that every time I pick up a romance, I find myself thinking, "Been there, done that, ho-hum." Then I come across a book like Nell, and my faith is restored, replenished, renewed. I cannot say enough good things abou ...