Books by Marsha Canham

C
The Mark of the Rose

Marsha Canham’s work is nothing if not painstakingly researched and beautifully actualized.  The Mark of the Rose brings us back to the 1200s with ease, then flashes us forward to the present day, taking us into the lives of one special woman and her ancestor.  But the two halves of its story do ...

A-
The Last Arrow

Although The Last Arrow can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for earlier books in the Robin Hood trilogy in this review.   In Through a Dark Mist, Lucien Wardieu (aka the Black Wolf; aka Lord Randwulf de la Seyne Sur Mer, champion of Queen Eleanor of Aqu ...

B
In the Shadow of Midnight

Note: Although In the Shadow of Midnight can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for Through a Dark Mist (Robin Hood #1) in this review.   ItSoM begins with a prologue.  After a failed attempt to reinstate himself as a claimant to the throne of England, Ar ...

B+
Through a Dark Mist

I'm currently having a love affair with medieval romances, and two recent blog posts (HERE and HERE) only fueled the fire.  Friends, I’m also squarely in the Shana Abe camp: ... if you insist upon immersing yourself in the nitty-gritty of everyday medieval life (and let me warn you, it isn’t p ...

B+
Across a Moonlit Sea

Memory does play funny tricks on you. I bought Across a Moonlit Sea at a UBS because I remembered loving it a few years ago. After reading it, I realised that, although it was still really good, something had changed and it sure as hell wasn't the book. Mind you, it's still a wonderful Elizabetha ...

B
My Forever Love

The best word to describe Marsha Canham's My Forever Love would be solid. Considering how hard it is to find good medievals these days, that should be taken as a ringing endorsement. It's nothing earth-shattering and is a little on the slow side, but it's also well-written and vivid, with an interes ...

A
The Iron Rose

Attention, readers in search of an exciting historical with a lush love story: have I got a book for you! Marsha Canham hits one out of the park with this gender-bending tale of pirates, spies, and love on the high seas. At the helm of her ship the Iron Rose on what's supposed to be a short shakedo ...

B+
Midnight Honor

There must be something romantic about hopeless endeavors – how else can you explain the popularity of movies like Titanic, where you know going in that the boat’s going to sink? Or the multitude of books set during the Scottish rebellion of 1745-6, where you know before you crack the book open ...

C+
Swept Away

Annaleah Fairchilde is a spirited lass who refuses to consider the suit of Lord Barrimore, a duke's heir. For this impertinence she is exiled from her London Season to the isolated Cornish home of eccentric Great-aunt Florence. While walking on the beach, Anna discovers the unconscious, mistre ...

A
The Blood of Roses

I was immediately drawn to this book by the cover. A blue plaid kilt in the background and an ornate sword with roses tied to it gave me the impression this would be a story of battles and love won and lost. Happily, that first impression was right on the money! The Blood of Roses is the sequel t ...