Reviews by Marian Perera

A-
John Eyre

Here’s a six-word summary of this book: Gender swapped Jane Eyre with vampires. But before I begin my review of Mimi Matthews’ John Eyre, I have a confession to make. I never finished Jane Eyre, because Helen’s death was so sad I couldn’t read any more. So readers with more knowledge of t ...

B-
The Scoundrel's Daughter

In Anne Gracie’s The Scoundrel’s Daughter, Alice Paten was left with debts after her husband, Lord Charlton, died. He lavished his money on his mistress. But Alice has made economies, and at the age of thirty-eight, she’s finally able to relax a little. And then a man shows up, saying he’ll ...

C-
Hot Under His Collar

Andie J. Christopher’s Hot Under His Collar begins with event planner Sasha Finerghty in St. Bartholemew’s Catholic Church, making sure the wedding she’s coordinated is proceeding as planned, and mooning over Father Patrick Dooley. Sasha is the disappointing daughter in her family because she ...

B
Isn't It Bromantic?

So this is the Russian’s book. When I read the first two books in Lyssa Kay Adams’ The Bromance Book Club series, the humor involving this guy quickly wore out its welcome. I felt it was crass and narrow-minded for the only foreigner in the gang to not even have a name and to be the comic rel ...

D
Deceived by Desire

Marie Force’s Deceived by Desire, the second in her Gilded series, takes place in Rhode Island, at the turn of the twentieth century. It begins when Aubrey Nelson, having invited his friends to his parents’ seaside residence, arrives first and finds the place unfit for human habitation. The prev ...

C
Once Upon a Kiss

Jayne Fresina’s Once Upon a Kiss is the first in her Book Club Belles Society series, and I liked the idea of a historical book club, especially since the women in it are reading Pride and Prejudice. Unfortunately, a well-written story with clever, humorous turns of phrase is saddled with the most ...

D+
The Reunion

I picked up Sara Portman’s The Reunion because the cover showed a pretty dress that isn’t falling off the heroine’s back, and because I hadn’t read this author before. While there were some entertaining moments, the romance was sadly lackluster and didn’t make me want to try the other book ...

C-
The Beautiful One

I’m curious about historical romances by authors new to me, so I picked up Emily Greenwood’s The Beautiful One, first in her The Scandalous Sisters series. The story begins with Anna Black, who works in a school for young ladies, accompanying one of the students on a journey. The student, Lizzie ...

B+
The Clergyman's Wife

So far I’ve read novels from the perspectives of Georgiana Darcy and Caroline Bingley, and when I saw there was one about Charlotte Lucas, I had to check it out. I always thought of Charlotte as someone who evaluated her situation in life and then did the most reasonable thing she could do to secu ...

A
Women in the Kitchen

Women in the Kitchen : Twelve Essential Cookbook Writers Who Defined the Way We Eat, from 1661 to Today, by chef and cookbook author Anne Willan, is a history of cookbooks written by women in both the US and UK, from the very first such book published to modern times and the advent of cooking shows. ...