1930s

C-
The Cowboy Father

One of the best things about romance as a genre is the availability of books for a wide spectrum of reading tastes, from fundamentalist Christian to near-porn erotica. While some might say the binding thread is sex, the truth is that the binder is love, specifically the main characters’ search for ...

B+
Wonderland Creek

My favorite heroines are readers. Jo from Little Women. Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice. Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I relate to a gal who reads. I share her passion and admire her for it. It is with great pleasure that I add a new heroine to the long list of female readers I love. Alice ...

B-
Keep a Little Secret

I love early 20th century history. The world was such a changing place then, with modern technology just taking its first hesitant steps onto the stage and women beginning to find their place in the world beyond being a wife and mother. The changes these years saw had to be some of the most astoundi ...

A-
Rainwater

There is something about spring that is always warm and exciting and full of promise to me. But summer can go in any direction - it can be a warm and delightful season full of lazy heat, trips to the swimming pool, ice cream and baseball games. Or it can be ominously hot, full of air so heavy it alm ...

A-
Sons of Thunder

So many Inspirational romances seem to forget that the purpose of the Gospel is redemption that it is almost shocking to find one that remembers. Made up of characters that would fit smoothly into any of the New Testament books, this story is about second and third chances, the power of forgiveness ...

C+
Kissing Midnight

I'm a big – big – fan of Emma Holly who writes hot sex as well as great couples. I'm also a big – big – fan of stories in a series that stand on their own. They usually encompass a larger world of characters, but provide sufficient focus on two main ones. So when I read an Emma Holly series ...

C-
A Week from Sunday

I requested this Dorothy Garlock because, though I knew she’d been around for ages, I’d never read a book by her before. When I told my mom during a phone call that I was reading Dorothy Garlock, she said "Oh, I used to really like her." Those two facts should have alerted me to the fact that Ga ...

B-
Mother Road

Dorothy Garlock first drew my attention when she moved from 19th century to 20th century American settings, mining a time period that I love, and that has so far been underused by romance authors. I've read and enjoyed several of her books, and Mother Road is another to add to the list. Garlock s ...

A
Memoirs of a Geisha

Once in awhile there comes a story so completely transporting that, from the exhilarating experience of reading it, you emerge almost wordless. A review cannot fully describe what is indescribably beautiful. But I will say this: Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha is among the handful of works that ...