American Civil War

D+
Midnight Silk

Midnight Silk is set in Texas during the Civil War, a pleasant change from historical England. It features a road romance between a planter's daughter and the overseer's son who has loved her for years. I wanted to enjoy it, but was unable to muster any enthusiasm for such a bland pair as the hero a ...

B
The Longing

The Longing is an example of that increasingly rare creature, the non-Western Americana Romance. Good examples of that particular sub-genre are getting hard to find, and I am happy to say this one did not disappoint. The Longing began well, and moved along quite nicely, but it petered out a bit towa ...

D
Master of the Night

I'll give props to Elizabeth Butler for tackling a sticky subject: the truth about slavery and attitudes toward it in the Border States just before the Civil War. The conflict at the center of the book is pretty strong, too: two people embarked on a Noble Cause who feel they must not fall in love wi ...

C+
Magnolia Creek

Romances set during and after the Civil War are scarce as can be these days, so I was really looking forward to Magnolia Creek, particularly as it is set in Kentucky, near where I live. While it has many qualities to recommend it, I found it sadly lacking in the main thing a romance novel simply mus ...

F
Dance on the Wind

I hardly know what to say. In reading Dance On The Wind I was bewildered throughout by the amateurish nature of the writing, the one-dimensional characters, and the literally hundreds of clichés that passed for dialogue. It was almost as though somebody had taken all the overused phrases from every ...

C+
Sullivan

I've enjoyed other books by Linda Devlin, who usually writes as Linda Winstead Jones. Something about the way she writes appeals to me, even when, as in Sullivan, the story she's telling isn't actually all that good. Eden Rourke is an ever-so-nice young lady from Back East who has come to Tex ...

D-
Trust to Chance

There's a special kind of disappointment in a book that starts out with promising characters but fails to deliver an interesting plot to sustain them. Trust to Chance has two of the most intriguing characters I've seen in awhile - and one of the worst, most un-romantic plots in recent memory. What a ...

C+
Twilight in Texas

While I've not read Jodi Thomas before, I have read reviews of her other books, including those in the related McClain series. All the reviews have been good (some have been great), giving me a pleasant sense of anticipation for Twilight in Texas. So it's with no small amount of confusion that as I ...

B+
The Horse Soldier

I loved the central conflict in this book: the hero and heroine, who once loved each other deeply, have now come to hate each other just as deeply, and not because of any big misunderstandings. She was a Southern Belle and he was a Union spy. The met, fell in love, and got married in a secret ceremo ...

C
In the Shadow of the Moon

Laura Truitt and her husband Jack are out house hunting in Roswell, Georgia when Laura feels inexplicably drawn to an old plantation. Upon meeting the home's owner, the situation becomes strange; the old woman has a picture of a person that looks exactly like Laura, except that the picture was taken ...