Books by Janice Kay Johnson

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Open Secret

Open Secret is more of an exploration of the adoption experience than it is a romance, but Janice Kay Johnson skillfully explores the emotional upheaval inherent in human relationships. Suzanne Chauvin was six years old when her parents died. Her aunt and uncle were prepared to take on ...

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With Child

For some time now, if I wanted to read a series romance DIK, I had to go rummage in my box of keepers. Current series romances simply didn't engage me. I can't get into the usual secret baby/rancher/SEAL/spy scenarios that have been so popular lately, and the hip urban chicks of the Blaze line leave ...

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Mommy Said Goodbye

In an interesting twist, Mommy Said Goodbye is a Harlequin Superromance, but the romance is actually the least super thing about it. The love story is only one of several unfolding threads in the book, and ultimately, it's the least interesting one. But the emotions and character drama that spring f ...

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Mommy Said Goodbye

Mommy Said Goodbye is a very interesting story about how a family and a community copes with the unsolved disappearance of one of their own. Johnson skillfully explores a number of very complicated emotional issues, and that, combined with the mystery, makes this one of the more absorbing category r ...

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Maternal Instinct

Janice Kay Johnson writes exactly the type of category romances I like to read. She concentrates on family and everyday problems. Her books are not high in tension, but they are solidly packed with emotion. Her characters seem real, as do their problems. She also writes clearly, her dialogue is life ...

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What She Wants for Christmas

What She Wants for Christmas is an idiotically titled book, that is, nonetheless, a very touching story of striving and acceptance. Teresa Burkett has just moved her small family from the big city to the small town of White Horse. Her ten-year-old son is fine with the move, but her teenage daught ...

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Whose Baby?

One thing that I am learning slowly, painfully slowly, as both a reader and reviewer, is not to limit myself. When I say "I don't like (insert type) romances," this pronouncement invariably comes back to bite me in the butt. I used to say I didn't like "secret baby" romances, but then I read Everyda ...