Americana Romance

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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 ...

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Stay a Little Longer

In 2007 Nina Berman won the World Press Photo competition with the wedding portrait of Ty Ziegal and his bride Renee Kline. You can see the winning portrait here. There is another, more romantic portrait here. Be Warned, these pics have some aspects that make them a bit different from your average ...

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A Midwife Crisis

Americana romances seem to be making somewhat of a comeback in the mainstream romance world, and I couldn't be happier. As with any style, I wouldn't want to read all-Americana, all the time, but I do find them sweet and heartwarming when done well. A Midwife Crisis has a few issues, but those who ...

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Her Colorado Man

Her Colorado Man is Remington Steele meets Americana. (For any of you too young to remember it/hear about it in the first place, Remington Steele was a detective series from the 80s in which a female detective created a fictitious male detective as a front for her business. A thief shows up claiming ...

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The Moon Looked Down

It isn’t often that I read American historical romance, much less set in the 20th century. Dorothy Garlock’s The Moon Looked Down offers a somewhat refreshing change of scenery for me, to early 1940s Illinois. Sophie Heller and her family immigrated to the United States from ...