Reviews by Christine Peterson

A
Perfect (#74 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on January 21, 2001 Anyone who has even a passing knowledge of soap operas knows that doomed love is the most interesting. A couple who face insurmountable obstacles, whose time together is limited, whose love is forbidden by law or society will always t ...

B
The Wedding Dress

Attention single women: if you think that things are hopeless and you will never find a mate, get thee to The Wedding Dress. In this tale, two sisters are making their youngest sibling a dress, despite the fact that, due to the Civil War, there are no prospective suitors. The older sisters aren't do ...

C+
Marry Me, Maddie

Marry Me, Maddie starts out similarly to the movie Hope Floats: Maddie Summers hoodwinks her procrastinating fiance onto a local talk show to give him the choice of marrying her on the spot or saying goodbye. Uptight Jeff declines the impromptu ceremony, and after recovering from the embarrassment, ...

C
You Never Can Tell

You Never Can Tell is a thoroughly researched and well-written story, as you would expect from Kathleen Eagle. Unfortunately, I felt shortchanged by the human aspects of the story and let down by a lack of romance conveyed. Eagle has been moving away from genre romance for some time now and this bo ...

B+
Danegeld

I've had bad luck with paranormals in the past. I always hope for the best but often find the stories being too cute. Not so with Danegeld. Susan Squires does an admirable job of portraying life in the middle ages accurately, and there wasn't a talking animal or cloudy crystal ball in sight. < ...

B-
Followin' a Dream

A good summer book has to have certain qualities. Good characters, brisk pacing, an engaging plot - but not so engaging that you have to strain your brain on those 90 degree days. Followin A Dream fits all these criteria. Vanessa Bradley is a thirtyish woman whose life has revolved aro ...

C-
Bitter Harvest

I can sum up the theme of Bitter Harvest pretty easily: "Greed is bad and will not go unpunished." It's a good moral, but in this case, it's not delivered with much subtlety or style. Michelle Tyler is living a quiet and happy existence when the book begins. She has her own business and a lovin ...

C-
Lady Diana's Daring Deed

The word that best describes Lady Diana's Daring Deed is "uneven." The pacing varies greatly and the plot moves into unexpected and jarring directions, which impaired my enjoyment of what started out as a very pleasant read. Lady Diana Ballinger is devoted to her family. Her twin br ...

D
7B

7B was my first Stella Cameron, and I found the premise intriguing. A single woman wishes to have a child and decides to ask her dearest male friend to be the father. There have been movies with a similar plot, but this is the first time I've seen it set in the 1800s. Unfortunately, instead of a st ...