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The Legacy

Where does Medallion Press find its debut authors? This is the second time in a fortnight I have read a debut novel published by this house, and each time I have been overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, by the fascinating characters, and by the authors’ happy disregard of the usual formulas ...

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The Queen's Handmaiden

When I read the blurb on the back of the Queen's Handmaiden I thought, "Ugh, it takes place over a decade." I generally dislike sagas. When I started reading the novel, I thought, "Ugh, it's in the first person". I generally find it harder to get into the story when it is in the first person. When I ...

B-
A Notorious Woman

A Notorious Woman begins in grand fashion. Set during Carnival in 16th century Venice, it is obvious from the outset that this story will be full of intrigue, and that readers will have to pay attention to the various twists and turns of the plot. Perfumer Julietta Bassano has been summoned to the h ...

B
The Huntress

The saga continues! For those of you who sighed and lamented the conclusion of the Faire Isle trilogy, get ready for more. The legend of the Silver Rose, the Book of Shadows, the Dark Queen, and more return in The Huntress. After Catriona O’Hanlon's step-father exiled her from her Irish cla ...

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Beloved Warrior

Patricia Potter has all of her Ts crossed and Is dotted in the final installment of her Beloved series. There can be no argument that she can write well, with wonderful description, good pacing, and three demensional characters. However, in romance, if there isn’t a spark between the leads, and th ...

B+
Beloved Stranger

Beloved Stranger is a wonderful cabin romance featuring a hero and heroine who are both thoroughly decent, upstanding people. I'm not the biggest fan of Scots romances (with the exception of the Outlander series), but I love books where the characters are good people trying to do the right thing. ...

B+
The Spanish Bride

The story of Henry VIII and his wives is a well-known one and, in most portrayals, Catherine of Aragon is shown as a victim, sometimes even a martyr of Henry's desire for a male heir. The repeated descriptions of her as barren or as a pitiable, cast-aside wife make it hard for many readers to see he ...

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The Courtesan

I turned the last of the 560 pages in the second book of Susan Carroll’s “sweeping” historical trilogy and heaved a big sigh of pleasure. Finally! I thought. Then I debated whether to go back to the beginning and start all over again. I was tempted, but didn’t do it - not right that minute a ...

C+
Beloved Impostor

I have long considered Patricia Potter to be a buried treasure. I've seldom seen her books discussed at any length, but she's been out there for years, dependably writing thoughtful, entertaining books. While none that I've read have been DIKs for me, nearly all have been B level reads. That said, h ...

B
Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons

How many authors could write a mystery series featuring a madam running a brothel and paying rent to the Catholic Church in 12th century London? And how many of those could turn around and begin a new series starring Lucrezia Borgia? And in both cases make those characters sympathetic and their stor ...