1930s

B
The Nightingale

The Nightingale is a book I’ll hold on to because I enjoyed quite a lot of it. On the other hand, I don’t plan on rereading it very often, because a certain major aspect of the story was fingernails-on-a-chalkboard grating. Too bad I couldn’t have the one without the other. The novel starts ...

B+
Hidden Among the Stars

I know whenever I pick up a novel about World War Two that I will most likely be reading a story that has a lot of heartache and sorrow in it. I hadn’t, however, expected Hidden Among the Stars to affect me quite as powerfully as it did. A haunting, atmospheric tale of love and loss, this book wil ...

B
The Sapphire Widow

Growing up, the novels of M.M. Kaye and Mary Stewart were heavy favorites of mine. Their books were all about the British Colonial period and took place in exotic locales, extolling the mannerisms and lifestyle of an era long gone by.  In The Sapphire Widow, Dinah Jeffries recaptures the elegant pr ...

C-
The Concubine's Child

I was drawn to The Concubine’s Child by the unique premise and even more unique location. Set primarily in 1930s Malaya (known today as Malaysia) it is the story of a group of women and how they handle the limited choices life gives them. Madame Chan is praying to – although it’s more like ...

A-
Another Side of Paradise: A Novel

In the wake of the resurgence of interest in all things Fitzgerald, Sally Koslow’s Another Side of Paradise digs into a topic that biographical fiction writers have rarely explored; Scott’s three-and-a-half year long extramarital romance with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, one that molded Grah ...

A
Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

B
The Velvet Hours

All the men I know dream of the Enjoli woman. The one from the 80s commercial who “can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never let you forget you’re a man!” She’s the business woman who can work all day and transition easily into family cook/housekeeper, bedtime story reader and ...

B
Crowned and Dangerous

This is the tenth entry in the author’s Royal Spyness series, featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the British throne. The series is primarily set in England between the World Wars and while often touching on darker world events, falls clearly on the side of a light mystery se ...

C+
Midnight Train to Paris

Narrated by Tanya Eby I have mixed feelings about this audiobook, and had to think about my review – and grades – for several days after I finished listening. There’s a lot I don’t like about this time travel story, from the clichéd language in sex-scenes to the use of first-person prese ...

B-
Leaving Everything Most Loved

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows the truth. Saying no to yourself is far, far harder than saying yes. Most of us grant little indulgences to ourselves every day. But what happens when the small indulgences turn into big desires? What do we do when something that will change our life becomes ...