Elizabethan

C
All the Queen's Players

There was once a time when I could point to Jane Feather as an author who successfully and consistently married descriptive settings with intriguing characters. This is no longer true and oh how sad that makes me. Rosamund Walsingham lives a quiet country life with her brother Thomas. She accept ...

B-
The Winter Queen

If I were grading The Winter Queen on the setting alone, it would get an unqualified A. It's set in 1564, and the heroine is one of Queen Elizabeth's ladies in waiting. Better yet, all the action takes place during the Christmas season (from shortly before the holiday to Twelfth Night). And, McCabe ...

B+
Across a Moonlit Sea

Memory does play funny tricks on you. I bought Across a Moonlit Sea at a UBS because I remembered loving it a few years ago. After reading it, I realised that, although it was still really good, something had changed and it sure as hell wasn't the book. Mind you, it's still a wonderful Elizabetha ...

C-
Lady Defiant

I had hopes. Oh, how I had hopes. But alas, my Lady Defiant was a little too (urk) defiant for me. Oriel Robinson is twenty years of age and living with her detested relatives in the northern boondocks of Elizabethan England. As a great heiress, she receives many suitors in their corner of the i ...

B
The Huntress

The saga continues! For those of you who sighed and lamented the conclusion of the Faire Isle trilogy, get ready for more. The legend of the Silver Rose, the Book of Shadows, the Dark Queen, and more return in The Huntress. After Catriona O’Hanlon's step-father exiled her from her Irish cla ...

A-
His Bride

After reading His Bride I tried to remember the last romance I'd read that focused almost entirely on the relationship between the hero and heroine, and you know, I couldn't think of one. So many current romances include a mystery, paranormal experiences, the dreaded evil villain - or all of the abo ...

C
The Twylight Tower

While I enjoy mysteries and love Elizabethan history and politics, I have to say that The Twylight Tower never really got off the ground for me. It manages to be interesting without being engaging, and the pacing is entirely too slow for a story involving multiple mysterious murders that seem to be ...

B-
Lady Killer

To put it kindly, the novels of Michele Jaffe have not done well with my fellow AAR reviewers. Either she's gotten better, or my sense of humor is in sync with hers, because I think Lady Killer is a hoot. The plot is complex and openly ridiculous. The heroine is Lady Clio Thornton, a female Eliza ...

A
Behind Closed Doors

Luscious Corinna Huntington is the youngest and prettiest of all the ladies at Queen Elizabeth's court. Elizabeth is a great statesman, a hardened ruler with nerves of steel - but she is also an embittered, lonely woman. Proud Elizabeth knows all about lying men. As a result, the queen is strict and ...

B+
A Love For All Time

A Love For All Time is arguably one of the last good Bertrice Small books out there. A re-release of one of the early novels in the famous Skye O'Malley series (falling chronologically between All The Sweet Tomorrows and This Heart Of Mine), it falls into the "golden era" for Small fans, just before ...