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The Tidal Poole

Many books (some of them mysteries) are set in Elizabethan England but there aren't any others that can claim to have Queen Elizabeth herself doing the investigating. What amazed me in Karen Harper's first historical mystery, The Poyson Garden and this one, is that Elizabeth's sleuthing actually ma ...

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Queen's Ransom

I was almost disappointed that I enjoyed this book so much because it means that I have yet another series to follow! This is the fourth book featuring Elizabethan spy Ursula Blanchard as the heroine, but not having read the first three books did not present a problem for me, other than making me wa ...

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Bride of Hearts

In Bride of Hearts by Janet Lynnford, romance grows amidst the gossip, danger, and political maneuverings of the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Matthew Cavendish, Baron Graystock, is a successful sea captain and a widower. Upon returning to England after two years at sea, he spies a lovely woman, Co ...

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Prince of Hearts

While I'm not a complete stickler for historical accuracy, I prefer that real historical figures, when present in a novel, are presented in an historically accurate fashion. For example, I wouldn't expect Queen Elizabeth I to get married if her character were included in a story. After the death of ...

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The Water Nymph

Some books can almost be summed up in a single word. For Michele Jaffe's The Water Nymph, that word would be convoluted. Picture a rough draft of an Amanda Quick novel with the pages all mixed up, and you have The Water Nymph. <!-- var browName = navigator.appName; var SiteID = 1; var ZoneID ...

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Only In Your Arms

At times, I wanted to throw tomatoes at the hero of Only in Your Arms. (This bad boy was so bad he was good.) At times, I wanted to pelt the heroine's father with onions. Sometimes, the plot of seemed too busy. But darn it, I enjoyed this book, and recommend it heartily, flaws and all. Lady J ...

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Once and Forever

I’m a picky reader. There, I’ve admitted it. When I pick up a book, I want professional writing, a plot that makes sense, interesting dialogue and characters that behave in a psychologically believable manner. Once and Forever has a fairly interesting plot. That, however, may very well be the on ...

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The Inscription

This book had such an intriguing premise. It seemed to have elements of Outlander, one of my all-time favorite books, and Highlander: The Series, an entertaining television show that no longer airs. What I found was a story that had promise but ultimately took too long to engage my interest. Ambe ...

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Beauvallet

Think Georgette Heyer, and you automatically think Regency. And for the most part that's a valid association. This remarkable storyteller penned many of the best-loved Regencies of all time, yet we often forget that she used other time periods, as well. And she did just as outstanding a job in bring ...

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Checkmate

I'd like to mention the work of Dorothy Dunnett. This author, though a historical novelist and not a romance author, has had a profound effect on my romance writing, and I'd say that her novel Checkmate is one of the best romances ever written. However, it's the last in a series of six thick book ...