Reviews by Charlotte Elliott

C+
Well Met

Emily Parker is in a transition period. She’s fresh out of a dream-drowning relationship and is filling her time by living with and caring for her sister and niece in Willow Creek, Maryland, while her sister recovers from a car accident. Her niece wants to spend her summer doing the Renaissance Fa ...

D
The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After

This should have been my favorite summer read. Good girls and rakes are my favorite thing and Victoria Alexander’s The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After promised precisely that. I was entirely prepared to be delighted and happily rave about my new favorite read. Instead, I found myself mo ...

B-
The Wallflower Wager

Lady Penelope – Penny - Campion has a new neighbor. Penny has been living in London for years, kept company by one deaf old housekeeper and a menagerie of pets. She has a few friends in the area but no man in her life. That is, until her pet parrot flies into the house next door. Gabriel Duke ...

D+
The Bushranger's Wife

I was genuinely excited by the prospect of this book. Australia is not a hard sell for me – I associate it with Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman in the movie Australia, and Colleen McCullough’s exasperating and excellent book The Thorn Birds. In The Bushranger’s Wife, it is 1861 and Prudence ...

C+
A Highlander Walks Into a Bar

A few years ago, I came across a book called Furious Love about the marriage of actors Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. I never read it, but the title gave me the vocabulary to explain what my standard is for all romance (real and fictional): it needs to be furious. Which is why I was disappoint ...

D
Tempted by His Secret Cinderella

When I think of romance novels, a few adjectives come to my mind: ‘sexy’, ‘funny’, ‘cute’, ‘heartwarming’, ‘happy’. Rarely have I ever thought of ‘ludicrous’ or ‘eccentric’, but I can describe Bronwyn Scott’s Tempted by His Secret Cinderella in no other way. It start ...

C-
Project Duchess

Sabrina Jeffries’ Project Duchess is a slow start to her new series and is more plot than romance, stuffed with an array of subplots that have little emotional or narrative payoff. A better title might have been Project Murder & Other Nefarious Things For Which the Blurb Does Not Prepare Reade ...