Books by Miranda Jarrett

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The Duke's Governess Bride

Miranda Jarrett is a hit-or-miss author that I rediscover every five years or so. She’s not terribly prolific; when I checked, I’d actually read more of her books than I thought. Her forte is definitely her unique settings and thorough research. Her weakness can be characterization - which is th ...

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The Adventurous Bride

Miranda Jarrett is an author I’d forgotten about. Years ago, I read a few of her books and then glommed a bunch more, but they got lost in the bottomless tbr pile. Then I came across The Adventurous Bride and thought I’d give it a go. It’s a road romance full of unusual settings (like Calais a ...

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The Lady's Hazard

There is so much . . .well, bad writing out there that it’s hard not to appreciate the sheer craft of Miranda Jarrett’s prose. Unfortunately, this talented author lends her skills here to telling a story without a hint of nuance or a shade of grey. This, fellow readers, is one simplistic – a ...

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The Very Comely Countess

In a novel that is supposed to involve spies, secret missions, and a faux mistress for the hero, there is remarkably little to intrigue the reader. What starts out as a very promising premise quickly falls flat. And, perhaps understandably enough, flat is the word that first comes to mind in describ ...

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The Very Daring Duchess

Wounded hero, starved for love but refusing to recognize the fact; mysterious heroine with an undeserved reputation; Big Secret; coerced marriage that both parties agree will never be consummated; things that happen, not because of characterization, but For The Sake of The Plot. Ho-hum, been there, ...

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Star Bright

Star Bright by Miranda Jarrett is a thoroughly enjoyable story about two nice people and one nasty person. It doesn’t break new ground in the world of romance, but it’s a good solid read. Pretty Diana Fairbourne, of the rebellious smuggling Massachusetts Fairbournes, came to En ...

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Starlight

There is a lot to like in Miranda Jarrett's Starlight, particularly the unusual time period, some historical insights, and some very enjoyable moments in the hero and heroine's initial interactions. But somewhere along the line, the book became something of a slog for me, hard to concentrate on and ...

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Sunrise

Sunrise has two things going for it - a wonderfully evocative Early American setting on Nantucket Island, and a commoner hero whose gruff demeanor and warm heart reminded me of New Englanders that I know in this century. Sunrise is a familiar story, but these two things made it very enjoyable to me. ...

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Moonlight

When I read Wishing a couple months ago, I loved Zach Fairbourne as a secondary character, and I could hardly wait to read his own story. Moonlight is that story, and to be honest, it's a bit disappointing. While I enjoyed the charming setting, I never really connected with the characters. ...

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Wishing

Wishing is the third installment in the Fairbourne series, and it has many of the classic elements that have made Miranda Jarrett popular. Like many of her other books, it is a shipboard romance, complete with an arrogant captain hero, a feisty heroine, and colorful maritime detail. Though Jarrett h ...