Reviews by Christine Peterson

B-
The Courage Tree

I've read a lot of Diane Chamberlain and I've found it to be a hit or miss affair. I loved Keeper Of The Light and Fire and Rain, but not Summer's Child or Breaking The Silence . The Courage Tree falls somewhere in the middle; it's good escapist reading, but not completely satisfying. What ...

B
Back In Baby's Arms

The back cover of Back In Baby's Arms tells of a dying husband's promise to send an angel to take care of the story's heroine. This did not make me want to tear into the book and start reading. Rather, I expected a syrupy trip down the Highway to Heaven with a saintly hero who would heal the sick wi ...

D
His Forbidden Touch

This is the second consecutive American historical I've reviewed, and I could really go for a duke or a billionaire right about now. At first glance, His Forbidden Touch seems to have a lot going for it: a reunion between first loves, a suspenseful subplot, a lady doctor. The execution, however, is ...

D+
Always Her Hero

Always Her Hero is a paint by numbers romance if ever there was one. Not that there isn't a lot of recycling in romance, or that it can't work, it just doesn't here. I felt like I was sleepwalking through the R-Rated non-musical sequel to Oklahoma. The story begins with an inci ...

B
A Cowboy For Christmas

I don't feel the holiday spirit until the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, so reading a holiday story in October was a little odd. Fortunately, when I read it I was in Vermont, where it happened to snow. I expected a sweet heartwarming tale. As a bonus, it's also well written and surprisingly sexy. ...

B
Our Husband

Earlier this year I read Maggie Osbourne's I Do, I Do, I Do, which was so good it gave me a taste for bigamy plots. While I didn't enjoy Our Husband quite as much, it's a good read, reminiscent of books by two of my favorite writers: Olivia Goldsmith and Susan Issacs. Travelling salesman Raymon ...

B-
The Trouble With Mary

I often complain about the "too good to be true" characters in most romances. In The Trouble With Mary the heroine is a college dropout who can't zip her jeans, has a chocolate addiction, and leaves dirty dishes in the sink. And the hero has a Rolaids dependency. These are my people! Mary's ...

A
Turtle Moon

Have you ever read something and suddenly realized that it is the book you've been waiting for your entire life? That's what Turtle Moon is to me. Naturally, I think everyone should read it, but especially people who like Christy Yorke's work. Alice Hoffman has been doing "magical realism" longer, a ...

C
The Virgin and the Vengeful Groom

The best thing about this book is the title - it does so much of the summarizing for me. The heroine is a virgin, the hero is vengeful. Got it? Review over. That was easy. The title actually refers to a book written by a deceased relative of the hero, but it applies to the principal characters also. ...

C-
Irish Moonlight

I've never been to Ireland, so I'm no expert, but I doubt that Irish people speak and think like passages out of a book of folklore. And that's where the problem with Irish Moonlight lies: it paints all Irish people as folksy and whimsical and all Americans as uptight and materialistic. While the l ...