Reviews by Shannon Dyer

B
The Duchess Deal

I've been looking for a good place to jump into Tessa Dare's books, but I was reluctant to start in the middle of an already established series. So The Duchess Deal, the first book in her new Girl Meets Duke series, was just what I needed to give her work a try, and I'm really glad I did. George, ...

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Are You Sleeping

Are You Sleeping is Kathleen Barber's debut novel. It's the story of one woman's need to make peace with her past, and it's utterly engrossing. Josie Burhman has done everything possible to distance herself from her childhood. She's changed her last name, moved to New York City, and told countles ...

B
The Daughters of Ireland

The Daughters of Ireland is Santa Montefiore's second novel featuring the Deverill family. The story picks up pretty much exactly where book one, The Girl In the Castle, left off, so potential readers will definitely want to pick that up before starting on this one. In 1925, members of the Deveri ...

B+
Saving Mr. Perfect

What could go wrong when a jewel thief and an FBI agent get married? Well, as you might surmise, there is absolutely no end to the mishaps that are likely to befall such a couple. Still, if any two people can make it work, I'd put good money on Penelope Blue and Grant Emerson, the stars of Tamara Mo ...

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The Last Tudor

Fans of historical fiction most likely aren't strangers to the writing of Philippa Gregory. She's perhaps best known for her masterful reimagining of the lives of the Tudors, especially sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn in her bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. In this, the last novel in her Planta ...

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Emma in the Night

There are plenty of books out there that will tell you a predictable story in a predictable way, but Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker is something altogether different. It's the kind of book you'll want to devour in one sitting, so compelling is the story, and it's one you'll be thinking about long ...

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The Dream Keeper's Daughter

Time travel romances aren't my usual reading fare. I find they can be problematic simply because I often have trouble suspending belief enough to really buy into the main premise of the story. Still, every now and again I come across something that really catches my attention, and Emily Colin's The ...

B+
Give Me the Child

If you're a fan of psychological thrillers, you're living in the perfect era. It seems like a new thriller with a shocking twist comes out every few weeks, and I'll be the first to admit I couldn't be happier about it. From the moment I read the blurb for Mel McGrath’s Give Me the Child, I knew it ...

B+
Gather the Daughters

Dystopian novels are a dime a dozen these days, but Jennie Melamed’s début novel, Gather the Daughters, is anything but typical. Centering around a cult with some fascinating, if problematic, views about women and the societal roles they should occupy, it’s a powerful story of courage, filled w ...

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The Life She Was Given

I don't have nearly enough words to express my love for this latest novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman.The Life She Was Given, is a dark, brutal portrayal of family life, with a few glimmers of hope shining through when the reader least expects it. It's a book I sped through and then wished I had taken mo ...