Non Fiction

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Spy Dust

I'm pretty biased as a fiction person, myself. I occasionally read other things, but only rarely. So it's pure coincidence that, upon finding Spy Dust on the list of review options, I recognized one of the authors' names as someone I'd read before, in his first book The Master Of Disguise (which, by ...

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Forgotten Elegance

One of these days, when someone invents a practical time machine, I am going to spend a few days at Victorian and Edwardian parties. I don't think I'd like to live there permanently, but it would be fun to dress up in silk and jewels and go to an elegant formal dinner back when dining was an art. We ...

B-
The Warrior Elite

It's official: I'm a geek. I have progressed from reading about fictional Navy SEALs to reading about real ones. The Warrior Elite was reviewed in my local paper recently, and I picked it up from my library for a couple of reasons. First of all, I've read a lot of Brockmann in the last couple of yea ...

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Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective

We, as romance readers, have a healthy respect, even an attitude of veneration, toward Georgette Heyer; it’s widely acknowledged that she invented the modern Regency. But what about those outside the "romance ghetto"? How do they see Heyer? Do they take her seriously? What do they consider is her ...

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Addie: A Memoir

"An autobiography that begins with one's birth begins too late," is how Mary Lee Settle begins her memoir of growing up in rural West Virginia. Following through on that thought, Settle fills her autobiography with the history of her ancestors, from William Tompkins, a great-grandfather who made the ...

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Kings, Queens, Bones and Bastards

This book isn't a romance, but it's one of my all-time favorites and will likely be fascinating for history lovers and for fans of historical romance and straight historical fiction a la Dorothy Dunnett. David Hilliam presents a concise history of all the kings and queens of England, their spouses, ...

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Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

I was prepared to dislike this book. I am very anti-hype, and this book had major, major hype built right in, so it was quite a shock to me when it eventually ended on my TBR pile. It shocked me even more when I liked it enough to voluntarily do a review of it. Basically I will say that if textbooks ...

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Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

This is a love story written by a gay man, Paul Monette, about his lover and longtime companion, Roger Horowitz, who is dying of AIDS in the late 1980s. Paul himself is infected with HIV and will die of AIDS in 1995 which he will recount in the memoir which follows this one. For this very real memoi ...

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Behind the Scenes: Domestic Arrangements In Historic Houses

Almost every historical romance you read has a bathing scene. In it, the heroine climbs into a big copper tub filled to the brim with steaming water and thinks about the trials of having a fabulously wealthy earl, or marquis or duke in relentless pursuit. Often she's in the hero's house. He has perf ...

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Cowboy

When a wealthy, intelligent and powerful man dates a women who is 10 years younger, poorer and of a lower social class than he is - not too many eyebrows are raised, especially if she is beautiful. But what happens when an older, wealthier woman dates a poor, lower-class man? Sara Davidson is ...