Reviews by Janet Webb

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How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak is a delightful book – a breezy read that grabs the reader from the first page. What amazes me is although I know that Rockaway could not possibly have written Heartbreak yesterday, it reads that way; it’s so of-the-moment. I can see readers juggling Ronan Farrow’s Ca ...

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The View from Alameda island

The View from Alameda Island is a book title dear to my heart because I used to live near Mill Valley, which, in this story, is the location of Lauren Delaney’s home during her marriage. The community is a metaphor for Lauren’s stifling existence because up-market houses like hers are closed off ...

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The Cinderella Countess

The Cinderella Countess is the story of Annabelle Smith, a gifted healer and herbalist and Lytton Staines, the Earl of Thornton. I have a soft spot for Cinderella stories. When I read of Annabelle Smith’s piercing violet blue green golden eyes, I knew she was of aristocratic blood, even though she ...

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Murder Knocks Twice

Chicagoan Gina Ricci takes care of her father, an ailing widower. Money is very tight. Palsy makes it hard for her father to repair broken appliances, a task that increasingly falls to Gina. Her schoolfriend Louise Smith, now bobbed-hair Lulu, tells her about a possible opening for a cigarette girl ...

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The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh is a delightful read that took me back to Lauren’s earliest, subtle Regencies, with the added fillip of strong, sensual protagonists that her readers have come to expect in recent years.  Something else that I enjoyed - learning about the titular ‘pursuits’ ...

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Good Time Cowboy

Maisey Yates is the queen of star-crossed lovers. She illuminates the couples’ struggles poignantly and believably. With Yates, honorable decisions don’t preclude self-awareness and honesty. Even if the honesty is reserved for the privacy of one’s own mind, like Lindy admitting to herself that ...

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One Perfect Kiss

Jaci Burton’s One Perfect Kiss is somewhat of an opposites attract love story. It’s number eight in Burton’s Hope series with Hope being both a fictional town near Tulsa and a state of mind. Hope High English teacher Josie Barnes had a rough childhood - her single mother raised her, when she w ...

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Alaskan Holiday

Every Debbie Macomber Christmas story has a comforting traditional familiarity that her fans relish - and I am one of them. Alaskan Holiday reaches its conclusion during the holiday season, but its focus is very modern. Before Josie Avery starts working at Seattle’s hottest chef-owned restauran ...

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Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

Lady Georgiana cannot believe her good fortune. At last she’s going to marry Darcy! The invitations have been sent: at 2 pm, Saturday, 27th July, at The Church of the Immaculate Conception in Mayfair, she’ll wed the Honorable Darcy Byrne O’Mara. Georgiana is staying with her friend Princess Zo ...

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Herons Landing

It’s a cause for celebration when a favorite author gifts us with a new series. Welcome to Herons Landing, the first of JoAnn Ross’s new Honeymoon Harbor series. Honeymoon Harbor is a town in the Pacific Northwest - rest assured, it’s full of stories to be told. Brianna Mannion grew up in H ...