Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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More Than Words

Jill Santopolo follows up her runaway hit The Light We Lost with More than Words, the story of both a love triangle and the grieving process. Nina Gregory has always been close to her father, Joseph, who raised her alone after her mother died when Nina was eight. She’s buried herself in her wor ...

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Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman follows up Then She Found me with a funny  new contemporary romance novel, Good Riddance. Wannabe confectioner and ex-teacher Daphne Maritch’s late mom, high school teacher June Maritch, had a way with her sharp tongue.  And her body wasn’t bad either.  In fact the Pickering ...

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Tempt Me with Diamonds

Picture the movie The War of the Roses as a romance novel set in late Victorian England and you have – in a roundabout way - Jane Feather’s latest novel, Tempt Me with Diamonds. If you enjoy reading about characters who like to fight each other and then hate-bang each other into oblivion, then y ...

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The Outlaw's Mail Order Bride

Ex-outlaw Clay Colby is having a bad week, one he hopes the arrival of his new mail-order bride will help improve. Fighting with Montana Black over the development of the town of Devil’s Crossing is just one of the reasons why he’s having a hard time of it. Black has resisted Colby’s building ...

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Crazy Cupid Love

Amanda Heger’s wildly charming Crazy Cupid Love is a wonderful, magical little fantasy romance in which fantasy creatures are real – and they’re looking for love. There’s nothing in the world Eliza Herman hates more than Valentine’s Day. It’s cutesy, cheesy, it clashes with her birthd ...

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That Churchill Woman

Wealthy, privileged, and fiercely independent New Yorker Jennie Jerome took Victorian England by storm when she landed on its shores. As Lady Randolph Churchill, she gave birth to a man who defined the twentieth century: her son Winston. But Jennie--reared in the luxury of Gilded Age Newport and the ...

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Unmarriageable

Soniah Kamal knows how to write sympathetic, beautifully thought-out romances.  Unmarriageable, her modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, is a lovely read, but it clings so closely to its Austenian roots, that there is no room for the author to fully put her own stamp on the novel, or to make an ...

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Last Woman Standing

This book (and review) contains discussion of sexual assault. Amy Gentry follows up Good as Gone with a tightly paced and morally murky thriller that combines the sweet, ancient pleasure a revenge story brings with the modern pain of the #metoo movement. Dana Diaz is a rising stand-up comic at ...

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The Best of Us

Robyn Carr adds a new volume to her Sullivan’s Crossing series with The Best of Us. Cool-under-pressure Doctor Leigh Culver is yearning for spring after a long winter of flu cases.  She has strong relationships with all of her patients and friends in town, but when she moved from Chicago to Ti ...

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Bound for Temptation

Tess LeSue’s Frontiers of the Heart series adds a new heroine to root for in Bound for Temptation. Madame Seline is, at long last, a rich woman. Having established three brothels in the California gold fields she’s been run out of Mokelumne Hills by Hec Boehm and his gang of thugs for refusin ...