Books by Mary Jo Putney

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Twist of Fate

Let me start off saying that in 99% of cases I'm against the death penalty. It's final and offers no way to undo it, and I'm also vengeful enough that I'd want a guilty person to spend years suffering for their crime. You'd think that I'd have enjoyed Mary Jo Putney's latest release, in which views ...

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The Bartered Bride

The historical romances of Mary Jo Putney are usually peopled with eminently civilized and sensible characters, who know that passion is destructive if it is not governed by reason, friendship, and respect. They often find themselves in exotic locales and impossible situations, but love - and a stif ...

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The Spiral Path

In her second contemporary romance, Mary Jo Putney tells the tale of a memorable tortured hero and the woman who refuses to give up on him. While this sounds like a conventional love story, the special characters prove that, as always, Putney can be relied on to deliver something different. The resu ...

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The China Bride

There's a period of mourning that goes along with finishing a Mary Jo Putney book. She's one of the few authors whom I wish would write longer stories. The China Bride is no exception to this and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The prologue of The China Bride opens with the arrival of a ...

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The Burning Point

Let me preface my remarks by saying that this is the most difficult review I've ever written. Mary Jo Putney is not only one of my favorite authors, but one whom I admire for the tough choices she makes in the material she addresses. Having said that, her first contemporary, The Burning Point is not ...

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The Burning Point

In The Burning Point, Mary Jo Putney's first contemporary romance, heroine Kate Corsi returns to her home in Baltimore when her father dies unexpectedly. Her father's unusual will decrees that she must live with her ex-husband Patrick Donovan for a year, or she and her brother will not receive their ...

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The Bargain

First published in 1989 as a Regency, this rewrite of The Would-Be Widow brings us the story of a beautiful and wealthy young woman who weds a dying soldier in order to secure her inheritance. This is an intriguing premise for a love story, especially since the man in question suddenly makes a compl ...

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The Diabolical Baron

The Diabolical Baron was Mary Jo Putney's first book, and while it lacks the depth and sensuality of such later novels as Shattered Rainbows and One Perfect Rose, it is still quite an achievement. Although Putney has rewritten several of her Regency Romances, The Diabolical Baron has been reissued i ...

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The Wild Child

Brothers whose relationship is clouded by resentment and misunderstandings. A young woman living in her own world. An arrangement that will change all their lives. These are the very bare bones of the story in The Wild Child, Mary Jo Putney's dramatic tale of switched identities and last chances, an ...

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Silk and Shadows

Silk and Shadows is one of the books in Mary Jo Putney's Silk trilogy. These books are set in London during the early Victorian era, a time that is not often used in a romance novel. One reason I love Mary Jo Putney is that her heroes, Reggie in The Rake, Michael in Shattered Rainbows and Stephen i ...