1900s

C+
Dragon Springs Road

My experience with books set in China has not been stellar – I've read too many authors who seem only interested in transplanting characters with western attitudes to a more exotic setting. Janie Chang's Dragon Springs Road, I am happy to say, does not fall in this category. If anything, by adheri ...

B+
A Northern Light

The combination of cheap and "sounds intriguing" has lured me into buying many a book. And since I'm fairly dangerous in used bookstores, I have a massive TBR pile. So, when prompted to pick out a book by a new-to-me author, my dilemma was something along the lines of which new-to-me author to liber ...

A-
The Secret Life of Anna Blanc

I spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out where The Secret Life of Anna Blanc fits into the genres. And the thing is, it doesn’t. Not really. It’s one part historical mystery, one part historical fiction, one part chick-lit (kinda), and all dusted with just a dash of romance. It’s a com ...

A-
In the Arms of the Heiress

The plot of In the Arms of the Heiress can be summed up fairly succinctly, thus: Young heiress engages complete stranger to act as faux husband for one month to help deceive her overprotective and disapproving family. Romance and hi-jinx ensue. Put like that, the book might not sound like all tha ...

B+
Enduring Light

It's easy to forget that just a scant hundred years ago people all over this country lived under rough, primitive conditions. That in 1910, the West was still being won. And it is painful to be reminded that for many centuries people of all kinds faced prejudices in this great melting pot of ours. S ...

N/A
Deadly Kisses

In Deadly Kisses Brenda Joyce continues the saga of the investigating career of socialite Francesca Cahill. Francesca is engaged to Calder Hart at the beginning of the book, but they are both immediately plunged into a murder involving his former mistress which threatens their lives and love. Cal ...

C+
Deadly Promise

Brenda Joyce's latest novel is a strangely compelling blend of mystery and melodrama. This is the kind of book where analyzing its pros and cons wouldn't really describe the overall effect of reading it. For all its flaws - and there are plenty of them - it remains a compulsively readable story. ...

C
Deadly Caress

New-to-me authors and series are always fun to try, so I looked forward to Deadly Caress, which had the added attraction of being set in New York in 1902, a different and interesting setting. Brenda Joyce creates a world that's easy to get sucked into, but my enthusiasm waned considerably because of ...

A
Mrs. Mike

I was 12 the first time I read Mrs. Mike. Like all book lovers, I have keepers…and then I have keepers. Mrs. Mike is in my sacred keeper pile - the kind of book that begs to be re-read every few years - and only gets better every time. The story is about Katherine Mary O’Fallon, a 16 year old ...

F
Deadly Desire

I had never read Brenda Joyce before and I was enthused about reviewing Deadly Desire. The Francesca Cahill series has gotten fairly good reviews here, Joyce has her fans and some of her other books have been very well received. So it came as a complete shock to me how much I loathed this book. ...