Reviews by Blythe Smith

B+
Once Upon A Christmas

Now I get it. Last year, everyone was raving about Diane Farr's Fair Game, which won our reader's award for best Regency Romance. When I read it, the appeal completely eluded me. But I decided to give her another chance, and I'm so glad I did, because my experience with Once Upon a Christmas was so ...

B-
Tides of Love

If you're tired of the same old westerns and regency-set historicals, you might find a respite in Tracy Sumner's Tides of Love. Set in turn of the century North Carolina, this book has a strong sense of place, and it's a place and time we don't often see. Adding to the originality is the hero's occu ...

C-
His Wicked Promise

His Wicked Promise is the literary equivalent of a K-Tel album. It's not horrible or anything, but it reads like a rehash of the "greatest hits" of several authors. You may not have read this book yet, but you have certainly read most of what's in it somewhere else before, and more than once. ...

B
Miss Chadwick's Champion

Miss Chadwick's Champion has two elements that I usually prefer to avoid - supposed amnesia and a Big Secret. However, author McRae manages to weave these elements into a plot that is entertaining and believable. The end result will please most fans of Regency Romance Susanna ...

B-
A Heart Full of Miracles

In A Heart Full of Miracles, Stephanie Mittman returns to the late 1800s Midwest. This is a setting that really plays to her strengths, and indeed this book is much better than her last two, which both departed from her usual style. While it takes a while for this book to really come together, it's ...

C
Makeshift Marriage

As you might guess from the title, Makeshift Marriage is a marriage of convenience story. The writing is competent and the story is sometimes interesting, but when you come down to it, it's pretty much like every other marriage of convenience story you've already read. It's not bad, but there's noth ...

B-
Whirlwind Wedding

If you've been searching for a humorous read, this is one you might want to try. Whirlwind Wedding starts out with some funny scenes and great dialogue. Toward the end of the book a lame argument spoils the fun temporarily, but overall this is an enjoyable read. When Austin Jamison, Duke of Bradfo ...

C-
Intrigue/Intriga

I don't know what I would have named this book had I been its author, but I would not have named it Intrigue. This book is about the ups and downs of a courtship between your average nice girl and nice guy. They go dancing. They go to dinner. They go to a pool hall. They meet on the street and in th ...

C
Winter Solstice

I'm not usually a big fan of women's fiction, but I always read Rosamunde Pilcher. Sinead O'Connor may tell us that "England's not the mythical land of Madame George and roses," but when you read Pilcher's books, you can't help thinking that England is something of a mythical land after all. A beaut ...

A-
Where Dreams Begin

Where Dreams Begin is the best historical romance I have read this year. This book really has it all - wonderful, vivid characters, an ambitious conflict, an engaging plot, and a tear-jerker of an ending. And it's all written in a style that is absolutely flawless. Lady Holly Taylor is a widow ju ...