Books by Nicola Cornick

B+
The Last Daughter of York

The Last Daughter is an unusual, intriguing novel featuring time travel, magical artifacts and an interesting defense of Anne Lovell.  It’s well-written, well-researched, engrossing and incredibly original - but the magical world-building is somewhat weak. The plot is split between two differe ...

C+
House of Shadows

I’m a huge fan of two-stranded stories; what author Michael White describes as “novels that involve interweaving plots – one strand in the present day and the other set in the past.” So, when I saw the description of House of Shadows with its entwined tales of Stuart England and modern day O ...

B
The Lady and the Laird

The Lady and the Laird is an enjoyable, well-paced story in which the principal characters are well-drawn and the central romance thoroughly engaging. The historical background which tells of the plight of the crofters and farmers of the Highlands and Islands of the time was also very interesting an ...

B
Desired

At the start of Desired, Tess Darent, the Dowager Marchioness of Darent, in an attempt to elude raiding redcoats searching for radical reformers, ties a sheet about her waist and slips out the window of The Temple of Venus brothel. As she reaches the end of her tether, holding a borrowed purse and l ...

C-
Notorious

It’s a bad sign when I treat a book I’m reviewing like a stuffy old “classic” assigned for a literature class. To get through those books, I would set daily page goals: “Okay, I’ll read 20 pages a day and then it will take me x number of days to finish.” Notorious picked up as the nove ...

C-
The Confessions of a Duchess

Several times in my life I’ve met people who seemed quite nice – not ostentatious, perhaps rather bland, but nice, which is always a good thing. And then I get to know them, and their idiosyncracies become annoying little habits, and their companionship begins to pall. Which describes my react ...

B-
Unmasked

Unmasked is a solid read which puts a personal face on the concept of freedom in the form of our heroine, who was born into serfdom and slavery in Russia. There are bumps in the narrative along the way, but for the most part, it is an interesting and enjoyable read. Marina Valstoya became the pr ...

C
Lord of Scandal

Lord of Scandal riveted me at the start, but went downhill all too quickly. Though it's clear author Cornick tried hard to make her characters likable, their lack of dimension left me unable to empathize with the problems in their lives. and the over-the-top villain is of the laughing-maniacally-wh ...

B
The Earl's Prize

While the rakish earl and the proper-but-not-boring lady are not new characters of the Regency, Nicola Cornick draws them well in this delightful story. The characters are certainly familiar, but they and their story are far from being dull or ordinary. Amy Bainbridge, the daugh ...

D
The Notorious Marriage

The Notorious Marriage by Nicola Cornick is a Big Misunderstanding/Big Secret story. If the hero and heroine had talked to each other at the appropriate, natural time, this book would have been under 60 pages long. So of course they couldn't do that. Eleanor Trevithick and Kit Mostyn are att ...