Canada

B+
The Surgeon

I always love to see historical romances set in times and places I don't encounter as often those set in, for example, Regency England or the American West. Therefore, I was excited about reading a novel set among the Mounties in late 19th century Alberta. Sarah O'Neill travels all the way fr ...

B-
The Loving Daylights

This book, the third in a series of romantic James Bond ripoffs, is Very Silly. Its characters are shallow, and its plot (not unexpectedly) is ridiculous. But it did make me giggle. Canadian accountant Abel Andretti (hee - that's giggle number one) comes to visit his sister Edie in Van ...

C+
Adam's Promise

A sweet story with an unusual setting that's mostly a pleasure to read, Adam's Promise unfortunately hits a groan-inducing plot development that nearly capsizes it. Madeline Oxley is stunned when her father informs her that Adam Coates sent him a letter asking for her hand in marriage. When s ...

B
At Your Service, Jack

Anybody else like me? Every now and then it's time for me to indulge in what I call "a book, a Coke, and a soak" - a good long session in the tub with a bottle of soda at my side and a book in my hands. And some books are perfect for this: they help me relax, but I don't' really care whether they ge ...

D
A Convenient Proposal

The second book in C. J. Carmichael's Proposal trilogy features a love story that is neither particularly involving nor convincing, between two less-than-rational characters, alongside a much more interesting story about those two characters' struggle to save a pair of innocent children from neglect ...

B-
Reunion

Reunion by Kathryn Fox is an unusual and powerful historical romance. Unfortunately, the question on the cover - Would their future be filled with love..or heartbreak? - isn't really satisfactorily answered. The question that still bothered me at the end of this book was, "Is love going to be enough ...

C-
The Third Daughter

I'd never read an historical romance set in Canada before, so I was looking forward to reading The Third Daughter. Unfortunately, this book turned out to be a real mixed bag for me. Fox paired a likable hero who had an interesting job with a thick-skulled, overly tomboyish heroine, and those two did ...

B+
The Renegade and the Heiress

Judith Duncan - who knew? Well, a number of people, apparently, from the grades other reviewers have given her books. This is only the second book I've read by her, but at this point, she's two for two. The Renegade and the Heiress is a very good read indeed. Finn Donovan is a loner. Years ag ...

A
Streets of Fire

I picked up a copy of Streets of Fire on the recommendation of Sandi Morris, AAR's technical editor. She told me to expect a heavy read, but a good one. She was right. Sydney Foster is a successful businesswoman who has dabbled a bit in lost causes over the years. Her own history is as painful as ...

B-
Safe Passage

On the surface Safe Passage has a familiar premise: the undercover agent hero investigating the secretive heroine. The difference is in the details. The story takes place in British Columbia. The hero is a Canadian secret agent. The heroine is a motorcycle-riding entomologist with a dark past. Throw ...