Reviews by Shannon Dyer

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The Royal Secret

Originally published in the UK under the title The Love Letter, Lucinda Riley's The Royal Secret is finally available to US readers. It's a novel that's hard to categorize as it contains elements of romance, mystery, and a touch of historical intrigue, but whatever one chooses to call it, it's a fas ...

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The Night Before

The Night Before is the latest novel of psychological suspense from author Wendy Walker. It's a dark and intense about two sisters and the complicated ways one of them attempts to come to terms with a long ago tragedy. The book is not for the faint of heart, but if you're a reader who loves visiting ...

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Black Berry & Wild Rose

Set in eighteenth-century Spitalfields, London, Blackberry and Wild Rose is the rich and atmospheric tale of a household of Huguenot silk weavers as the pursuit of the perfect silk design leads them all into ambition, love, and betrayal. When Esther Thorel, wife of a master silk weaver, rescues S ...

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If, Then

Kate Hope Day’s If, Then is one of those books with a super interesting synopsis that promises to engage the reader in a gripping story that asks deep and meaningful questions. I'm not always interested in reading that sort of thing, as I generally enjoy books that aren't quite so cerebral. Still, ...

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Someone Knows

Lisa Scottoline's books tend to be hit or miss for me. Her legal thrillers featuring a team of female lawyers are some of my favorite courtroom dramas, but her standalones don't always work well. Her latest, Someone Knows, is the story of four friends who are keeping a terrible secret from the world ...

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Proper English

Proper English is the latest offering from K.J. Charles. It's a standalone novel with a loose connection to her earlier Think of England via its main protagonists, who were first introduced in that story. I have yet to read any of Ms. Charles' other books, but Think of England is one I definitely pl ...

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Sky Without Stars

If I think back to my teenage years, it's almost a guarantee that the lovely soundtrack for Les Misérables will be the backdrop for my memories. I never got around to reading the book, but I adored everything about the musical. So it should come as absolutely no surprise that I was thrilled to burs ...

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The Last Time I Saw You

I thoroughly enjoyed The Last Mrs. Parrish, the 2017 début by author Liv Constantine, so I was thrilled to learn she was coming out with something new. The Last Time I Saw You is another psychological thriller filled with compelling twists and complex characters, and while it lacks a bit of the pre ...

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Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors

Neurosurgeon Trisha Raje descends from Indian royalty.  Her father – now a surgeon himself – was once a prince, and he gave up his royal lineage in an attempt at assimilating when he married their one-time child star mother. Due to their hard-to-please dad’s influence, the Raje children all c ...

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The Rose

I'm a big fan of pretty much anything Tiffany Reisz writes, so I was ecstatic to receive a copy of The Rose, her latest novel, for review. It's a follow-up to 2017's The Red - which I loved - so I settled in fully expecting to be swept away by this one. Unfortunately, it didn't turn out to be quite ...