Books by Joan Wolf

B+
Royal Bride

Jura is a small country whose sovereign, Prince Augustus, is determined that it remain independent and not be swallowed up by the Austrian Empire. He has fought on the side of Great Britain and the allies against Napoleon who had occupied Jura. Augustus forms an alliance with Great Britain - an alli ...

A
The American Duchess

The American Duchess is an entirely character-driven Regency Romance. Perhaps it is best described as a "A Year in the Life" of our two main characters. Tracy Bodmin is an American heiress whose father, William, was born a poor English cottager. Through his own hard work and ambition, he became o ...

C-
Someday Soon

A good romance novel is like a beautiful tapestry in which colorful threads weave a rich, interesting pattern. Every patch of color, light or dark, has a reason for being in that exact place, and the complete picture in all its glory is revealed only when it's finished. A mediocre romance novel is m ...

A
His Lordship's Mistress

His Lordship's Mistress is a marvelous book. I had a copy several years ago and lent it my sister Anne, who true to her title as The Pickiest Reader In The World did not like it. Then she lent it to someone else who lost it. Thank goodness it has been reprinted. I read it for this review and it was ...

B
No Dark Place

Mysteries provide a pleasant change of pace for me, and this one was refreshing in setting, plot and characterizations. The book has enough medieval flavor to demonstrate the author's research, but does not overwhelm the story. Hugh Corbaille was orphaned at the age of seven and taken in by the S ...

B
The Poisoned Serpent

The Poisoned Serpent is the second book in a series of medieval mysteries written by Joan Wolf, who is well-known in romance circles both for her Regency Romances and for regency-set historicals. I enjoy a good mystery now and then, and I've read a couple of Margaret Fraser's medieval mysteries, in ...

C-
Golden Girl

Joan Wolf has many devoted fans who will probably enjoy Golden Girl. However, unlike most of her previous books which were written in the first person, Golden Girl has abandoned that style and gone in the opposite direction, giving everybody, including even the lowliest stable hand, a point of view. ...

B
The Pretenders

The plot of The Pretenders is not exactly new. The hero needs to marry to get his inheritance, so he engineers a sham engagement that backfires and turns into a real engagement. We may have read it before, but Joan Wolf makes it a joy to read it again. With her unique first-person style and her char ...

D
The Gamble

The Gamble is a book that starts out with an intriguing premise, sets up some interesting characters, abruptly has the heroine make several blatantly stupid moves to keep the plot going, then unravels completely at the end. Too bad, too. Joan Wolf writes very appealing characters, and I had been loo ...

C
The Gamble

Romances set in the regency period are being written more and more with strong heroines (the only kind of heroine, to my thinking), and Joan Wolf has certainly done her share to promote this change. The heroine in The Gamble is a great example of a strong heroine. Part of the time. I hate to admit i ...