American Historical Romance

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The Art of Love

The Art of Love is the fourth book in the series Decades: A Journey of African-American Romance. If you haven’t yet heard of the project, jump over to our blog and check it out. Each story takes place in one decade of the twentieth century, and in The Art of Love, it’s time for the 1930s. Our ...

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Love's Serenade

Love’s Serenade is the third book in the Decades series, telling stories of African American men and women throughout the past century. As a second-chance romance, it’s an interesting take on the trope, but overall I was disappointed with the end result. Taking place in late 1920s Harlem, we ...

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The Endearment

In LaVyrle Spencer’s The Endearment, newly-orphaned Anna Reardon arrives in Minnesota to marry a farmer called Karl Lindstrom. She saw his advertisement for a wife, and they’ve been corresponding since then. But Karl is in for a number of nasty surprises, and as a reader, I was cringing on his b ...

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Forbidden

Beverly Jenkins has been an autobuy for me ever since I was first introduced to her books as a reviewer. Since our prompt this month calls for reading an author with more than 1 book in our TBR, it was an easy call for me. I tend to accumulate books far more rapidly than I read them (I know, I know) ...

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Tempest

Who hasn't read a Beverly Jenkins book? Her stories are as memorable as the author herself, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to review one of her novels. Tempest is a western mail-order bride story, and I'm in awe of the heroine's willingness to start a new life in a new land all by herse ...

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A Delicate Affair

The first in a series of books exploring the Black experience throughout the decades, A Delicate Affair starts things off right, with a sweet story set in a historically accurate Washington, DC of 1902. At its heart, it’s another good girl/bad boy story, but it has more than one interesting twist ...

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Heaven Sent

Pamela Morsi’s Heaven Sent begins when Hannah Bunch, a preacher’s eldest daughter, decides she’s ready for a home and family of her own. Problem is, she’s been the responsible mainstay of her family for so long that they don’t seem to think she needs anything more. She’s a respectable sp ...

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A Texas Christmas Past

I enjoy westerns and I enjoy Julia Justiss' work, so I was eager to pick this up, but sadly, it ended up disappointing me. Whereas her Regency historical voice is assured and nuanced, the writing here felt flat and as though she was trying too hard. I'm not sure if it is the novella-length of the bo ...

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The Last Outlaw

Beloved writer of western romances Rosanne Bittner returns to her famous Outlaw Hearts series with a gripping and heartbreaking but imperfect continuation of Jake and Miranda’s story. Jake Harkner was once an infamous outlaw  - one of the best in the west, as a matter of fact - until the widow ...

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Take Me Home

Dorothy Garlock’s Take Me Home caught my attention because of the hero described in the blurb - he’s a German PoW in 1945, escaped and hiding out in a small Wisconsin town. The premise reminded me a bit of a book which I read over twenty years ago but still remember, so I gave it a try. Take Me ...