Reviews by Maggie Boyd

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I Know a Secret

The preferred term tends to be bitch. The latest trend leans toward ‘nasty’. But whatever wordage is used, popular opinion seems to be clear: “nevertheless, she persisted” is not a compliment when applied to women. This is the peripheral message of Tess Gerritsen’s latest thriller I Know a ...

C+
House of Shadows

I’m a huge fan of two-stranded stories; what author Michael White describes as “novels that involve interweaving plots – one strand in the present day and the other set in the past.” So, when I saw the description of House of Shadows with its entwined tales of Stuart England and modern day O ...

B+
Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery is the third in the delectable series of books about Polly Waterford and her charming shop in the quaint village of Mount Polbearne. The whole saga – including this entry - is satisfyingly sweet and engagingly eccentric, which makes this instalment a delight ...

D
Where We Belong

It’s hard to part ways with a beloved author. However, considering the experience I had reading Ms. Austin’s previous book (Waves of Mercy) and after finishing Where We Belong I’ve realized I will not be reading her future works. While her backlist has afforded me much joy, these latest novels ...

B+
A Dangerous Legacy

Clean drinking water. It’s something that the majority of people in the Western world take for granted but for many on Earth, it is a luxury that remains seemingly out of reach. In A Dangerous Legacy the history of water in the New York tenements comes to life amidst the backdrop of a scintillatin ...

B
A Casualty of War

The term war casualty refers to anyone who dies of injuries sustained in battle. The phrasing seems almost benign, as if the horrible loss were simply a mild byproduct of a causal event. In A Casualty of War the writing duo of Charles Todd brings home the fact that war is not in the least casual but ...

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An Inconvenient Beauty

One of the most famous lines in literature is the opening sentence of Gone with the Wind: Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm. I felt that way as I read through Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Inconvenient Beauty; this novel had some problems but I barel ...

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Wildfire

Ilona Andrews has written several of my favorite books, from her Innkeeper Chronicles to her current romantic fantasy series, Hidden Legacy. Wildfire, book three in the latter series, brings the trilogy to a nice close with the romance between leads Nevada Baylor and Connor “Mad” Rogan finally r ...

C
The Other Girl

The Other Girl is a tale of small towns, secrets and the things we do to protect the ones we love. While far from perfect, the book does a good job of capturing the intense relationships parents have with their children and the lengths they will go to in order to keep them safe. The Boy Who Cried ...

B+
Seeing Red

Of the many books Sandra Brown has written, over thirty of them are romantic suspense novels. Seeing Red will, by my count, be her thirty-second such story. Having read roughly two-thirds of those books I can tell you that this a classic Brown tale, full of her trademark action mixed with romance mi ...