Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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Ayesha at Last

Sparks fly when a liberated Muslim woman meets a deeply conservative Muslim man in Ayesha at Last, a contemporary retelling of Pride and Prejudice. He watches for her every morning. Khalid Mirza’s view from his breakfast bar occasionally includes a fascinating glimpse of a woman in a purple hij ...

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Razia

Slavery. It’s easy to assume it’s no longer an issue since it’s been banned in Western countries but the fact is, slavery is an ongoing issue in many parts of the world. And much as we don’t like to think about it, it often rears its head in our own backyards. Razia takes a look at the ‘ne ...

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The Bookshop on the Shore

Jenny Colgan is insistent that The Bookshop on the Shore is not a sequel to The Bookshop on the Corner, and is adamant the novel can be read as a standalone. She is absolutely right that The Bookshop on the Shore stands alone perfectly well; however significant life events happen to the heroine from ...

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Shadow Among Sheaves

I felt conflicted writing the review for Shadow Among Sheaves. I love the premise; the story of Ruth from the bible reimagined in Victorian England. However, the execution wasn’t quite as smooth as I had hoped for. Rena, a young Brahmin woman, had married British officer Edric Hawley impulsivel ...

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Love in the Afternoon

Confucious said that “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” In Love in the Afternoon author Karen Hawkins tries to deliver a short story full of quirky sweetness, but misses the mark just a hair by adding a touch too much of the quirky. Jake Klaine sees dead people. He’s been talking ...

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Christmas Presents and Past

I was a small child during the last years of the Vietnam War era, and unlike the hero and heroine of Christmas Presents and Past, have no first hand memories of the conflict or the political upheaval it caused. Learning about the events through their eyes has given me a new appreciation for this per ...

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More Than Words Can Say

Fans of Karen Witemeyer know that she excels at writing sweet, subtly sexy Western romances which are full of charm and joy. Her genuine, heartwarming stories never fail to bring a smile to my face and her latest book, More Than Words Can Say, completely met that expectation. It’s the second novel ...

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Searching for Sylvie Lee

Searching for Sylvie Lee, the beautiful, mesmerizing new novel by Jean Kwok, has been named a ‘Most Anticipated’ book  by  Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping,  and a host of other publications.  I’ve been anticipating it since I finished her excellent Mambo in Chinatown in 2014. While this st ...

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The Last Thing She Remembers

For the last ten years or so the psychological thriller market has revolved around troubled and/or troublesome characters. These unreliable narrators set the pace for our story, keeping the reader on an uneven footing, causing us to stumble in surprise or stagger in shock as we race to discover exac ...

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Romanov

I knew going in that Romanov would be an emotional read. A fantasy novel about the Russian royal family’s incarceration told from the view point of Grand Duchess Anastasia, it could hardly be a cheery book; after all, the horrifying historical ending to that imprisonment is common knowledge. Howev ...