Reviews by Dabney Grinnan

B+
One Day to Fall

One Day to Fall is a cute, sweet contemporary romance that perfectly captures those first precious hours of meeting someone special. Sophia Roux is already tense and fractious when the accident occurs. An early morning visit to the hospital waiting room to sit for hours as her older sister Angela ...

B
Unbreak Me

Unbreak Me is a blistering romance; searing and brutal and yet tender and sweet.  There are moments of gentleness that will melt you – but much of the book is a bruising indictment of a legal system that allows rapists to go free, and the government structures that caused the levées to break dur ...

B+
A Reluctant Bride

Les Miserables meets the high seas in Jody Hedlund’s A Reluctant Bride, the story of a woman from the slums who finds her worth on the bounding main. Mercy Wilkins lives in one of London’s poorest slums.  Barely able to keep shoes on her feet, she nonetheless sacrifices all she can to help t ...

B
Mainly by Moonlight

Josh Lanyon’s latest novel is kind of Adrien English meets Bewitched as the owner of an antique store (who also happens to be a witch) finds himself suspected of murder just a few days before his wedding to the city’s Police Commissioner.  Mainly by Moonlight is an enjoyable romp that’s perha ...

C
The Plus One

There are some books out there that feel like dead-on clones for other works.  Sophia Money-Coutts’ The Plus One is a perfect ringer for two; a  Bridget Jones in a lot of ways – give or take a few plot points - it also retells the Marianne Dashwood/Colonel Brandon/Willoughby triangle from Sens ...

A
Things You Save in a Fire

Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she's seen her fair share of them, and she's excellent at dealing with other people's tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to uproot her life and move to Boston, it's an em ...

B+
Digging Deep

Digging Deep is the first book I’ve read by New Zealander Jay Hogan, and I have to say I was pretty impressed.  In it, the author takes a long, hard look at how living with a chronic illness impacts on every single aspect of life for the person who has it and those around them, while at the same ...

D+
Ellie and the Harpmaker

Ellie and the Harpmaker is, tragically, one of those books that is bound to conjure comparisons with other, better works.  While it’s fairly competent and it’s nice to see an autistic character get a beautiful love story, I could only think of more evenhanded, thoughtfully produced books I’d ...

D+
How to Tame a Willful Wife

Christy English’s How to Tame a Willful Wife is the first in her Shakespeare in Love series, and on the whole, I would rather read Shakespeare. This was a forgettable romance - bland, insubstantial, and always, always choosing the most predictable path through the plot. Caroline Montague, the d ...

A-
Triangulation

Gregory Ashe has become one of my favourite authors over the last year or so, and I’ve been longing to dive into Triangulation, the second book in his Borealis Investigations series ever since I turned the last page on the first book, Orientation, earlier this year.  I’m addicted to the blend o ...