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The Deserted Bride

Mary, Queen of Scots, was the subject (both knowing and unknowing) of many Catholic plots to overthrow Queen Elizabeth I. Aware of this, and with new rumors afoot, Andrew, Earl of Exford, is assigned to monitor Mary’s visit to an English spa town. Luckily, he has a cover. Ten years ago, when he wa ...

B
The Alchemist of Lost Souls

Sometimes it’s the big picture that draws a person into a story. Combining strong fantasy elements with interesting worldbuilding and character work, The Alchemist of Lost Souls is less interesting for its telegraphed mystery than it is for the richness of its universe, but does not stand well on ...

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The Locksmith's Daughter

I can think of few things more pleasant than whiling away a lazy summer afternoon with an engrossing historical novel, and so, when I saw that The Locksmith's Daughter, the second novel from Australian author Karen Brooks, was available for review, I jumped at the chance to give it a try. It promise ...

A
A Kingdom of Dreams (#46 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on April 8, 1997 As a rule, when I discover an author, I try to read her entire backlist. I thought I had done so with Judith McNaught until a friend suggested A Kingdom Of Dreams. As a huge fan of Whitney, My Love, I was excited to discover that Whitney ...

D
The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory – author of the White Queen and White Princess novels, and of The Other Boleyn Girl – needs no introduction from me. This somewhat disastrous fifteenth tome in her series chronicling the lives of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties sweeps us from the reign of Edward I to the exe ...

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The Last Tudor

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Wild Bells to the Wild Sky

It’s been a long time since I’ve read any romances published in the 1980s. The purple prose that seems to have been so abundant in 80s historicals gets on my ever-loving last nerve. Luckily for me, Wild Bells to the Wild Sky is definitely not a bodice-ripper, nor is it like your typical 80s roma ...

B+
The Venetian Bargain

I've read books that keep me up at night for a variety of reasons. This one certainly kept me up - by sucking me into a gripping plot and also by scaring me with reminders of the realities of life in the past. This book, about a pair of physicians (he is Italian, she is Muslim Ottoman) battling an o ...

C
Shadow of Night

When I read A Discovery of Witches I was enamored with the characters and conflict. Imagine my disappointment though when the second novel in the All Souls trilogy turned out to be dull as dirt for the most part and left me with far more questions than answers. <!-- var browName = navigator. ...

B
Roses in Moonlight

I wasn’t completely sure what to expect when I started this book. Yes, I had the summary, but I’ve learned from past experience that just the summary doesn’t always help in choosing something to read. And I was right about that - it isn’t that the back of the book doesn’t describe what is ...