Americana Romance

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Trailblazer

I hate writing reviews of middling books.  I’m sure anyone who writes reviews on a regular basis will know what I mean when I say that reviews of books that are simply ‘okay’ are often the hardest to write.   Anna Schmidt’s Trailblazer, the first in her new Cowboys and Harvey Girls series ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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Courting Miss Hattie

Pamela Morsi’s Americana romances always give me a cozy feeling when I pick them up, as if I’m about to wrap a quilt around myself and sip hot chocolate. Courting Miss Hattie, set in Arkansas in the early 1900s, was no exception when it came to the warm fuzzies, but something in the execution pr ...

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The Beauty of Us

In The Beauty of Us, the fourth installment of Ms. Proby’s series about a dynamic group of friends running Seduction, an intentionally romantic restaurant in Portland, Oregon, a stranger comes to town. A tall, beautiful, male stranger who quickly becomes part of heroine Riley Gibson’s everyday l ...

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The Nearness of You

The Nearness of You had such promise: a hard-bitten photographer who travels to the world’s hotspots in pursuit of newsworthy photographs, is swept away by a small-town gal who’s seen nothing of the world. Despite the finessed start, the story falters almost immediately, brought low by overwriti ...

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The Pirate's Legacy

Sarita Leone shows us what life is like in seventies-era Lobster Cove, Maine in the fourth volume about the descendants of the Sweet family in The Pirate’s Legacy. Social worker Chloe Monroe has been living amongst antiquity since she was six years old, when she moved to Lobster Cove as an orph ...

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Sunday Kind of Love

Dorothy Garlock, master of heartwarming heartland-based mid-century romances, returns with her fifty-fifth book, the post-World War II centered Sunday Kind of Love. Gwen Foster is an Indiana girl searching for just the right kind of love.  Home to visit her family in Buckton, this trip will repr ...

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Once Upon a Marquess

I took this book with me on a recent trip abroad, and I must say it made the 14-hour plane ride go by faster. Judith Worth and Christian Trent, the Marquess of Ashford, are a delicious pair. They knew each other well growing up, as Christian was close to Judith’s brother Anthony, and they fell mor ...

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Keep a Little Secret

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I love early 20th century history. The world was such a changing place then, with modern technology just taking its first hesitant steps onto the stage and women beginning to find their place in the world beyond being a wife and mother. The changes these years saw had to be some of the most astound ...

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Montana Dawn

This one has a lot going for it. It's a historical written in much the same vein as the down-home Westerns and Americana that were popular back in the 90s. However, at times the book reads like an impersonal narrative that didn't touch me on an emotional level. This, combined with word choices th ...