Regency Romance

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The Sandalwood Princess

The Amazon synopsis for this 1990 book quotes the Library Journal review, which made me laugh: “This book is only for hardcore romance readers.” Presumably this means that the only thing this book has to offer is a tear-inducing, heart-tugging, sprawling yarn with a shipboard romance, deceit and ...

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Marriage of Mercy

At times reviewing books is like a little kid eating vegetables. You avoid a book as long as possible and then read it in unpalatable hunks just trying to finish, choking and grimacing all the while. Following that same analogy, Carla Kelly's latest Marriage of Mercy is the dessert, sweet and fulfil ...

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Lady Folbroke's Delicious Deception

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Are you familiar with the Jimmy Buffett song "If You Like Pina Coladas"? I've always thought it was a fun song, especially since I do like pina coladas. I'm not that fond of what the song is about, though. Looking for another lover and finding your perfect love in the one you have creeps me out more ...

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If I Fall

Thisclose. That’s how close this extraordinary book came to DIK status. Sarah Forrester is beautifully flawed and wonderfully real; there were times I wanted to pull her ears, and times I wanted to hug her and tell her I’d still be her friend. I’ve complained about cookie-cutter, annoyingly pe ...

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Sweet Enemy

Sweet Enemy is a sensual romantic suspense with characters that have brains and passion, and are not afraid to put both to good use. Unlike so many other Regencies, almost everything from the setting to the characters to the suspense comes with a twist and never feels clichéd. This in itself made t ...

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She Tempts the Duke

The beautiful and unexpectedly brainy — in the early 1940’s, she designed and patented a sophisticated weapons system, technology is still in use today - actress Hedy Lamarr once said, “I can excuse everything but boredom.” Ms. Lamarr would not have excused Ms. Heath’s latest, the dull She ...

B
The Captain's Forbidden Miss

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Of the many romances featuring the Napoleonic war, I can't recall reading a single one set on the French side of the conflict. This skewed perspective in The Captain's Forbidden Miss serves as an interesting backdrop for a tale of treachery, distrust, and the forbidden love between a celebrated Capt ...

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A Regency Christmas Carol

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It's rare that I find a historical romance that has a premise that seems custom made just for me. But a tale about a mill owner who had pulled himself up by his boot straps and a lady who involves herself in workers' affairs would definitely be right up my alley. Throw in a tie to that greatest of a ...

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Marian's Christmas Wish

The best part of the holiday season is, for me, the holiday books. I do lots of baking, wrapping, decorating, and cooking but that is not really for me. It's for the family. But the holiday novels are my little treat during the season. They warm my heart and keep me going, reminding me of just why t ...

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A Cousinly Connexion

I often think of the old Regencies with nostalgia. But I also remember that it was pretty hard to sort the good Regencies from the mediocre, just from the sheer volume of authors and publishers. We remember the ones who made it big; the no-longer-publishing gems often remain hidden. Which is why I ...