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Uncovering the Merchant's Secret

Uncovering the Merchant’s Secret is a lot more tough-minded than the last two Hobbes novels I’ve read – and a lot darker.  It’s also very entertaining, with the most fascinating heroine I’ve read about recently, and is set in a period I’ve not often come across in historical romance. Wh ...

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For My Lady's Heart (#88 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on September 30, 1999 Whenever I start reading a book by Laura Kinsale, I expect an intense and compelling read, a complex love story that’s usually on the darker side, and at least one tortured protagonist. This mixture may not be everyone’s cup of ...

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To Touch the Knight

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Medieval stories have long been a favorite of mine, yet they seem to have fallen out of favor with publishers. And the few recently published ones I have read I considered lackluster at best. To my most pleasant surprise, Lindsay Townsend’s latest did not fall into this category. Whe ...

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In Pursuit of the Green Lion

There are defining texts in many of romance’s subgenres for me: Novels that may be among the first I read in a subgenre, but, more important, encompass for me all that is fascinating about the subgenre. For historical novels (or romances) set in the Middle Ages, among these texts are the Margaret ...

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Watermark

If you're on the hunt for something different, a mute albino papermaker in Medieval France is a heroine who doesn't come along too often. Though Watermark, like many debut novels, seems a bit unpolished, the story is still an engaging one and gives readers an indelible picture of a tumultuous era. ...

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Mistress of the Monarchy

Of course I bought Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir because of Anya Seton’s historical novel Katherine. I love the novel, and I thought it would be deeply interesting to take a closer look at its main characters from a historian’s point-of-view. I was not disappointed. The love story o ...

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Innocence Unveiled

Blythe Gifford’s latest historical romance is set in a most unusual period – Ghent at the outbreak of the Hundred Years’ War. That in itself would have drawn my attention, but in addition, Innocence Unveiled proved compelling and interesting, making much of this little-used setting. The his ...

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Notorious

As historical fiction, I really liked this book. As a historical romance, however, I was somewhat disappointed. Notorious is set at the time of the turbulent reign of Edward II, a period of great political strife and intrigue, and revolves around the relationship that develops between Brianna ...

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The First Princess of Wales

Historical romances have always seemed more incredibly romantic to me than any other subgenre because there is just something about a big meaty historical saga that fires my imagination. However, a good historical must have not only a well-told story but also must have characters who capture the rea ...

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A Blast to the Past

In A Blast to the Past, Virginia Farmer combines two popular romance novel elements - Scottish history and a military hero - with a bit of slapstick humor. The result is a light but rather forgettable romance. Chief Brian Skelley is a U.S. Navy explosives expert training some British military men ...