cross-class lovers

B+
Earls Just Want to Have Fun

Shana Galen’s new Covent Garden Cubs series gets off to a terrific start with Earls Just Want to Have Fun which is – fortunately – a book with much more emotional depth than it’s overly cutesy title would seem to suggest. The story is, at first glance, a simple cross-class romance with a ...

B
What a Lady Needs for Christmas

Grace Burrowes has gotten some great buzz here, which led me to request her book for review. I’m happy to say that I agree with previous reviewers - she’s a great author, and her characters and their relationships are interesting and well developed. A few things hold this book back, but this cro ...

B+
Badlands

Anthony Brandt said “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” It’s true that family can have the most profound effect on our lives. In this novel, family is a tie that binds, in both good ways and bad. Penny Sandoval has a complicated family life. On the one ...

A
Flowers from the Storm

Narrated by Nicholas Boulton One of the first books I read when I got back into reading romance a few years ago was Flowers From the Storm. I remember being caught up in heart pounding fear for Jervaulx as he was mistreated in the asylum; of feeling rage on his behalf. I remember being so captiva ...

B
Platinum Promises

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Life’s most urgent question is what are you doing for others?” The heroine of this novel takes that advice to heart, giving everything that she has for those around her. Just like in real life this doesn’t turn her into a doormat; instead it turns her into s ...

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Practically Wicked

I still remember the first time I read Georgette Heyer's Venetia. I loved that story because the intelligent characters made me want, more than anything, for them to fall in love and live happily ever after. I found myself having similar feelings as I read Practically Wicked by Alissa Johnson. The c ...

B+
Marriage of Mercy

At times reviewing books is like a little kid eating vegetables. You avoid a book as long as possible and then read it in unpalatable hunks just trying to finish, choking and grimacing all the while. Following that same analogy, Carla Kelly's latest Marriage of Mercy is the dessert, sweet and fulfil ...

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In For a Penny

Not infrequently, I find myself reading debut novels with heart. However, finding a brand new author who writes a first novel that not only has life, but also beautiful writing, charming characters, and attention to the small details happens far less often. In for a Penny is just such a book, and I ...

C+
The Bachelor's Bargain

Are you sick of Regencies where characters treat servants like their best buddies or where class distinctions are ignored? The Bachelor's Bargain might be just the tonic you need. Be aware, however, that the heroine's faith is a strong element in this book. This is, after all, a marriage of convenie ...

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Bedtime for Bonsai

When my kids were younger, I'd take them to the bookstore and tell them they could get a book - as long as it wasn't a "gimmick book." That meant anything that came with stickers, light-up buttons, figurines, cars, etc. You know, the ones they want because they want the toy, not the book. Some roman ...