Books by Julia Justiss

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The Bluestocking Duchess

Julia Justiss’ historicals often read somewhat like trads with a little extra depth to them, so I pulled The Bluestocking Duchess out of my stack and came away quite charmed. The hero and heroine start off on somewhat equal social footing. Jocelyn Sudderfeld is the daughter and sister of schola ...

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The Railway Countess

Julia Justiss continues her Heirs in Waiting series with the very sweet-natured and somewhat predictable The Railway Countess, about two very typically atypical romance protagonists who still manage to find love in a way that amuses and entertains the reader. Crispin d’Aubignon is a railway inv ...

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The Bluestocking Duchess

The Bluestocking Duchess launches Julia Justiss’ new Heirs in Waiting series. It’s a well written friends-to-lovers tale that is sweet but doesn’t quite have the passion or charm of other books I’ve read by this author. Jocelyn Sudderfeld is the daughter of the Duke of Farisdeen’s estat ...

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The Enticing of Miss Standish

Julia Justiss’ Cinderella Spinsters series comes to a close with The Enticing of Miss Standish, which takes place against the backdrop of the cotton mills and the societal changes being wrought by the industrial revolution.  It’s a well-researched story packed with information about the manufac ...

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The Tempting of the Governess

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for master/governess romances – probably a result of my long-time love for Jane Eyre – so the synopsis of Julia Justiss’ The Temptation of the Governess caught my eye. It proved to be a charming, character-driven romance featuring two likeable characters forced ...

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The Awakening of Miss Henley

Julia Justiss delivers again with The Awakening of Miss Henley, the first book in her Cinderella Spinsters series. While at school, Emma Henley and her two friends make a pact to eschew the marriage mart and establish a home together as single women performing important charitable and political work ...

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The Earl's Inconvenient Wife

Julia Justiss’ series about the Lattimars, who must swim against the social tide to win their happily ever afters, continues with The Earl’s Inconvenient Wife, in which two best friends find themselves married in name only – at least at first… Temperance - Temper - Lattimar has a scandalo ...

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A Most Unsuitable Match

Julia Justiss opens her new Sisters of Scandal series with A Most Unsuitable Match, in which a young lady tainted by a scandal not of her own making strives to obey every strict rule of society and to make herself into a pattern-card of propriety in an attempt to free herself from the unkind gossip ...

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A Texas Christmas Past

I enjoy westerns and I enjoy Julia Justiss' work, so I was eager to pick this up, but sadly, it ended up disappointing me. Whereas her Regency historical voice is assured and nuanced, the writing here felt flat and as though she was trying too hard. I'm not sure if it is the novella-length of the bo ...

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Secret Lessons with the Rake

One of the things I have particularly enjoyed about the books in the Hadley’s Hellions series is the way the author has woven some of the political issues of the day throughout the principal love stories in each of the books.  The four Hellions are gentlemen who met at Oxford and have continued t ...