Books by Patricia Oliver

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Daphne's Diary

Dear Diary, How can I find the words to express my deep disappointment with this book? I tried and tried to find something to like in it, but alas, I searched in vain. To the contrary, I found the plot contrived, the characterization flat, the dialogue inane, and the quality of the writing abysmal ...

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Broken Promises

When Mathilda Heath was 18, she became engaged to Miles Stephens, Viscount Halifax and the future Earl of Southmoor. Mathilda was happy, she loved Miles and wanted to experience with him all the little romantic gestures she thought common to engaged couples. But Miles was stiff and formal. He never ...

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Lady Jane's Nemesis

Lady Jane's Nemesis begins with a somewhat shocking scene - particularly for a Regency Romance. The heroine is out gathering flowers when she catches the hero, who is her fiancé, in a compromising position with another woman. The couple goes on to marry anyway, and the book explores issues like for ...

B+
Scandalous Secrets

I don't really read much Regency Romance, but I make an exception for Patricia Oliver. She transports me into the period in an authentic manner that doesn't have this neophyte Regency Romance reader looking for the dictionary to understand Regency jargon. And, while the set-ups for her stories are n ...

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The Runaway Duchess

There really isn't much new under the sun when it comes to Regency Romances. So when I read one, I judge it on how well the author can cover familiar territory. Since I very much enjoyed Patricia Oliver's latest regency The Lady in Gray, I went on a bookstore glom and hit a winner with The Runaway D ...

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The Lady in Gray

After a long series of mediocre reads, it is a treat to come across a book that gets it right. Having been banished to her aunt in Cornwall after a youthful peccadillo, lady Sylvia has spent the last 10 years concentrating on her art. Nicholas Morley, Earl of Longueville, has returned to Cornw ...

B
The Lady in Gray

After I finished The Lady in Gray, I took a trip to the used book store to find more of Patricia Oliver's books. I finished 1998 in a bit of depression because two of my favorite regency writers, Mary Balogh and Carla Kelly said they will no longer be writing the traditional Regency Romance, but wit ...

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An Inconvenient Wife

I've only read a few Regencies, but I've long since had a mental block against them. The picture I always get in my mind comes from a classic I Love Lucy episode where Ricky has refused to star in a play set in Cuba, so Lucy re-writes the play, setting it in England, for Ethel, Fred, and Lucy to sta ...