Reviews by Ellen Micheletti

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The Price of Innocence

A Retro Review originally published on April 17, 1999 Susan Sizemore's book, The Price of Innocence, takes place in late Victorian London. Sherrie Hamilton is an American - a widow with an eight-year-old daughter, Minnie. She has come to London with her cousins, Faith and Daisy and her aunt Dora t ...

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To Sir Phillip, With Love

To celebrate the arrival of Netflix's Bridgerton, AAR is running, in reading order, our reviews of the original nine books in the series. (originally published on July 5, 2003) I'll confess that this is my first Bridgerton novel. I know now I want more of them, I want all of them. As soon as I f ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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Devil's Bride

I haven't read a really good European historical romance in a while and had heard some good things about Stephanie Laurens' new book Devil's Bride. I had read her earlier book, Captain Jack's Woman and thought it was pretty good. I had heard such good things about Devil's Bride that I was afraid it ...

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Lover Awakened (#37 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on August 27, 2006 Lover Awakened is the third book in J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Those who have not read the first two books may feel a bit like the new bride at a family reunion, but eventually you'll figure out who's who. A handy gl ...

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Persuasion

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you love romance novels, chances are good that you also love Jane Austen’s novels. Miss Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice is a masterpiece and universally beloved (and my own favorite) but her last book, Persuasion runs a very close second. Persua ...

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A Summer to Remember (#39 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 17, 2002 Most romance readers think of Mary Balogh as a dark, intense writer, but she has proven in books like The Famous Heroine and Lady With A Black Umbrella that she can handle the lighter side as well. A Summer To Remember is not a farce, bu ...

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Ravished (#61 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 15, 1998 Beauty and the Beast stories are favorites with many readers of romance novels. There is just something about the whole premise that lends itself to romance and resonates with readers in a way that other fairy tale archetypes do not. Ra ...

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Simply Love (#91 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance review originally published on August 16, 2006 It’s been some time now since I had a good cry over a book, but toward the end of Simply Love I had to get out several handkerchiefs. When Mary Balogh is on top of her game, she is hard to beat and she has a real winner here. ...

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Heiress in Love

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Heiress in Love is an enjoyable novel. It’s always a treat to discover new-to-me historical romance authors, especially those who can create wonderful characters like Jane and Constantine in this book. Lady Jane Westruther was abandoned by her wealthy parents and after a stint i ...