Reviews by Pat Henshaw

B
The Caregiver

The author's exploration of Amish culture ventures into realms not often traveled by other writers: Spousal abuse in a closed community. As the first book in her new series of families of honor, I wonder if the subject matter of the other books will be as topical as this one. I hope so. ...

D
Her Scottish Groom

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I’ve only known two women who married through arranged unions, neither having seen their husbands until their wedding days. Both were immigrants (though from different countries) and both had the same thing to say in general about arranged marriages: Both parties must respect each other and work a ...

A
Sweet as Sin

Usually when either side of a couple has a lot of horrific baggage, such as an abusive childhood or traumatic war experience, falls in love and love erases the baggage and its effects, my gut reaction is that the “h” in HEA must stand for “hell.” I don’t believe for a minute that these two ...

B
Heartbreak Trail

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Living in the 1850s, whether in a city such as Boston, in a small community, or on a farm wasn’t a very pleasant proposition by today’s standards. Even worse was traveling in a covered wagon across the prairie with your worldly possessions, unsure of what you’d encounter or if you were prepare ...

B+
Texas Blue

Finding a husband for a girl living on a remote ranch in the late 1800s was difficult when the only men she saw with any regularity were crusty ranch hands or those already married. For three sisters in their early 20s, there just weren’t enough possible beaus to go around. Thomas cleverly tackles ...

C
Rebel with a Cause

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These days, it seems to me, Harlequin books break down into two huge categories: Fluffy romances between two people without many problems and heavy, angst-laden stories featuring a couple with one or both so burdened with exceptionally heavy baggage that readers have to wonder how it’s possible to ...

C+
Restless Heart

Emma Lang gives a new meaning to low key in this meandering Western while exploring some less traveled plot paths. I’d never thought much about pacing in a romance novel, but Restless Heart demonstrates how important the peaks and valleys of a story can be when they are scanty at best. ...

B+
His, Unexpectedly

Do opposites really attract? And if they do, what makes the couple stay together if each person in the relationship is so totally different? Susan Fox provides the best answers I’ve ever read in a romance novel to explain how this happens and how this fragile glue binds the lovers. J ...

C
Love Letters

Sometimes we need a cozy romance to slow down our world and take a breather. Since Ms. Fforde is an author known for her cozies, I expected to be charmed into a peaceful world with minor setbacks, a world completely different than the one I see around me. Instead, I was given a book with a title poi ...

C+
A Little Bit Sinful

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Revenge is a powerful motivator, especially in romance novels it seems. But I’ve got to wonder why a woman who finds out her honey is only interested in revenge and she’s part of the plot can think he can ever be her one and only. Basso tackles this question in her latest book. ...