Historical Romance

B+
The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage

This is the third Marguerite Kaye book I’ve read in 2019 and, once again, I am impressed by her mastery of story-telling. Ms. Kaye captivates her readers from the first few pages and keeps the spell going throughout the novel. In The Truth Behind Their Practical Marriage, we begin in Florence, wit ...

B+
Love and Other Perils

Love and Other Perils is a light-hearted pair of romances that will especially appeal to cat lovers. These novellas also make a good introduction to the work of the authors, if you’re not already familiar with them. Lieutenant Mayhew’s Catastrophes by Emily Larkin Grade: B- Sensuality Rat ...

D+
It's Marriage or Ruin

In Liz Tyner’s It’s Marriage or Ruin, Emilie Catesby dreams of being a painter, but her mother wants to see her married instead. Finally, her mother threatens to take away her art supplies, so Emilie decides she must either marry a man who’ll leave her alone, or ruin herself. If no one ever wa ...

B-
His Wayward Bride

I enjoyed the first three books in Theresa Romain’s Romance of the Turf series, which focuses on a family of successful horse-breeders and trainers based in Newmarket.  One of the attractions of the series has been that there’s nary a duke or earl in sight – historical romance about non-arist ...

B
London's Late Night Scandal

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and London’s Late Night Scandal is both jolly and heartbreaking in its holiday setting.  A nicely written comedy of manners and a perfectly cute romance, it’s all about scholarly pursuits, true love and gentle farce. Dedicated scholar Lord Matthew Strathmore, E ...

A-
Miss Dominguez's Christmas Kiss and Other Stories

In the Carla Kelly tradition of holiday shorts that make you smile, these three sweet short stories (set in the Edwardian Caribbean across Christmas, New Year, and Reyes Magos) are a lovely addition to any holiday romance fan’s library. These are gentle, realistic stories about the holidays of ord ...

D
The Counterfeit Husband

Ruth Anne Nordin’s Her Counterfeit Husband is what you’d get if you put Sommersby and While You Were Sleeping in a blender and set the dial to ‘farce’. It never for one moment rings true in terms of plausibility, nor is it in the least romantic, but it has a fairly original setup. And if tha ...

B
Someone to Remember

Someone to Remember is the seventh (and penultimate?) instalment in Mary Balogh’s Westcott saga, which has followed the fortunes of the various members of the large and close-knit Westcott family after the discovery that the late Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, had committed bigamy and that ...

C
The Earl's Christmas Pearl

Romance and the 1991 family film Home Alone are unlikely bedfellows, and Megan Frampton’s The Earl’s Christmas Pearl isn’t even the first romance to give us a historical version of the plot. Her take is an amusing and breezy Christmas novella. Pearl Howlett has accidentally been left behind ...

F
Elizabeth in the New World

Elizabeth in the New World starts out reading like over-the-top Pride and Prejudice fanfiction - until the parade of clichéd characters and racist stereotypes began, and my initial amusement turned to incredulity, then anger, then repulsion, then disgust.  By the end of the book, I was beyond done ...