Reviews by Lisa Fernandes

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Lady Charlotte's First Love

Anna Bradley continues her Sutherland Sisters series with a very readable but also very old school portrait of a reckless lady with a broken heart and the solider who loved her once upon a time. Lady Charlotte Hadley has been behaving in a gradually more madcap manner since her husband met a trag ...

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The Scotsman Who Saved Me

Hannah Howell combines two of her favorite subjects – life for pioneers in the 1800s and brave Scotsmen -  in this pleasant though not outstanding first volume of her Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen series, The Scotsman Who Saved Me. Fleeing from an upper crust English world to settle in the A ...

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Sadie's Highlander

Maeve Greyson opens up her nicely written but poorly plotted new series of time travel romances with Sadie’s Highlander, the first in what promises to be a series of stories about the MacDara clan – a tribe of Scottish brothers who can trace their bloodlines back to the ancient Druids, and who a ...

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The Last Outlaw

Beloved writer of western romances Rosanne Bittner returns to her famous Outlaw Hearts series with a gripping and heartbreaking but imperfect continuation of Jake and Miranda’s story. Jake Harkner was once an infamous outlaw  - one of the best in the west, as a matter of fact - until the widow ...

C
The Real Thing

Melissa Foster kicks off her Sugar Lake series with The Real Thing,  a middling but spirited adventure in which in which a spunky baker and a famous actor must confront their shared past in order to find happiness. Willow Dalton – proprietor of Sweetie Pie’s Bakery, a bakeshop/catering busin ...

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The Laird Takes a Bride

Lisa Berne’s Penhallow Dynasty series continues with The Laird Takes a Bride, a rather hard to love little volume about a spinster and a disreputable laird with a long past behind him. Fiona Douglass is, at twenty-seven, still a spinster.  The only one of the four Douglass girls to remain unwe ...

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Dirty Dancing at Devil's Leap

Julie Anne Long knocks another homer out of the park with Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, the third volume in her delightful series of Hellcat Canyon novels. Ever since Avalon Harwood can remember, she’s had a crush on her childhood friend and confidant, Mac Coltrane.  They more or less grew ...

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The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory – author of the White Queen and White Princess novels, and of The Other Boleyn Girl – needs no introduction from me. This somewhat disastrous fifteenth tome in her series chronicling the lives of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties sweeps us from the reign of Edward I to the exe ...

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The Strawberry Hearts Diner

As we head into the heart of summer, Carolyn Brown gives us a good reason to stretch out under a shady tree and take in an incredibly beautiful story of a sleepy southern town, the citizens who live there and the lives they live in the gorgeous novel The Strawberry Hearts Diner. Jancy Wilson is l ...

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Secrets of the Tulip Sisters

Susan Mallery starts the summer off with a flawed and yet funny beach read, Secrets of the Tulip Sisters. The story of two sisters and a best friend muddling their way through small town life, it boasts a lot of Mallery’s favorite storytelling tropes but is ultimately a little short on real romanc ...