Reviews by Lynn Spencer

D
Out of the Dark

Sharon Sala is certainly no stranger to difficult topics. Her past novels have handled subjects such as miscarriage, disfigurement, and child abuse. This novel, with its gut-wrenching portrayal of child prostitution, certainly has one of the grimmest themes I have encountered in romance. But, while ...

C
A Wedding Story

Writing a trilogy can be a tricky proposition. Some authors seem to start very strongly and then lose steam - and, unfortunately, that seems to be the case with A Wedding Story, the conclusion to Susan Kay Law's Marrying Miss Bright trilogy. While I enjoyed the thoroughly charming The Bad Man's Brid ...

C-
Don't Look Now

A person can't help but be intrigued by a book which opens with the line, "I didn't kill Harvey Kredd; somebody beat me to it." From there we learn how Claire Westbrook's distinctly unpleasant boss met his end. Actually, the reader also learns quite a bit about Claire as she proceeds to give a brief ...

B
A Garden in the Rain

Lynn Kurland is beloved for her portrayals of the time-traveling MacLeod family of Scotland. Various family members have traveled to modern-day Scotland from their home in the 13th century Highlands. One by one, each found love in their new place in time and, if this book is any indication, Ms. Ku ...

B-
Lady in Disguise

Unlike many traditional Regencies, Lady in Disguise is set against the background of a specific historical event - the 1814 visit of Tsar Alexander I to England. Lady Emma Weston, niece and ward of a Russian diplomat and his English wife, arrives in England for her first visit to her homeland since ...

B+
Echo of Hope

Set in rural Tennessee at the close of the War of 1812, this touching romance features engaging characters and an unusual setting. Reardon Valley is home to a community of faith figuring in other novels by this author, and though,I've not ready of any of those earlier books, Echo of Hope stands wel ...

D
A Savage Beauty

Merline Lovelace has written more than 40 historical (in settings as varied as ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece) and contemporary novels. When she's at her best, as she was in His Lady's Ransom, The Horse Soldier, and The Captain's Woman, her characters are honorable and engaging and her research is ...

B
Sheltering Rain

Since I often find the plots to be long and terribly slow-moving and the characterization to be both flat and unrealistically glamorous, the family saga is usually one of my least favorite forms of fiction. Sheltering Rain, a debut novel from the United Kingdom, is blessedly different. Joy, her ...

B-
Cold Ridge

In the dramatic prologue of Cold Ridge, Carine Winters is shot at in the New Hampshire woods, and then rescued by hometown hero Tyler North and his two buddies. Soon the two start dating and then get engaged, but shortly before the wedding, Tyler announces to Carine - without explanation - that he c ...

C
The Falls

I've been a fan of Karen Harper's writing since she wrote Harlequin Historicals under the name of Caryn Cameron, and have been enjoying her Elizabeth I series for a while. For some reason, I'd not yet read any of her contemporaries until now and remain undecided as to whether I'd try another of her ...