Books by Jill Marie Landis

B-
Heart of Stone

I first discovered Jill Marie Landis' mainstream historicals via a used book store when I was in college and I've been happy to see her writing historicals again recently. She writes inspirational historicals now, and Heart of Stone, which kicks off a new series, is a pleasant if sometimes uneven r ...

A-
Lover's Lane

Jill Marie Landis' first contemporary novel is awesome. Her publisher is marketing the book as women's fiction, but the story of Carly Nolan and Jake Montgomery is a great romance. The back-story for Lover's Lane is this: Carly Nolan has spent much of her life on the run. After running away from ...

C+
Magnolia Creek

Romances set during and after the Civil War are scarce as can be these days, so I was really looking forward to Magnolia Creek, particularly as it is set in Kentucky, near where I live. While it has many qualities to recommend it, I found it sadly lacking in the main thing a romance novel simply mus ...

B
Summer Moon

Summer Moon is the first book I've read by Jill Marie Landis, but it won't be the last. While the average 400-page book often seems to drag, I couldn't believe how quickly I turned the pages of this one, which marks the author's hardcover debut. The characters were strong and likable, and the writin ...

C+
The Orchid Hunter

I've always said that a good writer can pull anything off, but some plots are harder to swing than others. One of the very hardest is the "wild child" story where one of the two main characters has been raised in a "primitive" culture. This goes double when the country of origin is imaginary. All th ...

B+
Blue Moon

This is not your typical frontier romance. It features an unfamiliar setting, a disfigured hero, a heroine who is emphatically not a virgin, and a sympathetic villain. In the hands of a lesser writer this combination would spell disaster, but Jill Marie Landis demonstrates once again that she is mor ...

C-
Just Once

Just Once tells the tale of Jemma O'Hurley, who switches identities on a rainy New Orleans night rather than enter into an arranged marriage with a man she's never met. Wanting desperately to experience something of life, she begins her adventure by running down outdoorsman Hunter Boone, and convinc ...

A
Day Dreamer

Don't let the title of this book fool you - Day Dreamer is not a dreamy sort of read. Instead, it is a two-hanky read and one of the best books you are likely to read this year. Set in New Orleans and the Caribbean in 1816, this compelling tale is a marriage of convenience romance with a twist su ...