epistolary

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Hard Time

Lately I've craved stories that are different. I periodically feel the need to leave my comfort zone. Thus I decided to read this romance between a prison employee and an inmate. I am so glad I did as I found an engaging story that was difficult to put down. Inmate number 802267 catches the eye o ...

B+
My Sweet Folly

In the books I’ve listened to and read so far by Laura Kinsale, I’ve often loved the heroes but found the heroines rather difficult to like. I’m thinking particularly of Maddy in Flowers from the Storm and Leigh in The Prince of Midnight, both of whom are characters whose actions with respect ...

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At the Duke's Wedding

At the Duke’s Wedding is a set of linked novellas, each one written by a well-known author in the world of historical romance. Each of the stories takes place in and around the two weeks leading up to the wedding of the eponymous Duke, and one of the things I particularly liked was the way in w ...

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I'll Be Seeing You

I love letters, the kind that come in the mail and make the day special. I also love books about letters, whether the books are fiction written in letter form such as The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer or books comprised of famous letters such as Dear Bess: The L ...

A-
Seven Secrets of Seduction

When Anne Mallory is on, she delivers in spades. Miranda Chase is accustomed to living vicariously through books (and occasionally through her wilder friend Georgette). She lives quietly, working for her absentminded uncle in his bookshop, and saving up for a Grand Tour that she always manages to ...

B
Holly's Inbox

The very best chick lit books entertain me, and often hit themes that resonate, even if the frequently encountered ditzy heroines sometimes drive me mad. Holly's Inbox, a modern-day update of the epistolary novel, follows the life of fictional character Holly Denham as she starts work as a reception ...

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The Historian

Can I just say "wow"? Equal parts paranormal, historical fiction, and kick-butt thriller, The Historian is a rare thing – a "literary" novel that doesn’t read like one. What I mean by that – and I'm just being honest here – is that even though the author's prose is sophisticated, her stor ...

B
The Boy Next Door

Let's hear it for Kelly Ripa. When she chose The Boy Next Door for her "Reading with Ripa" book club, she picked a good one. In order to be selected by Ms. Ripa, a book must be "fun, frivolous, and fast." Meg Cabot's novel meets all those guidelines easily, especially the "fun" part. Melissa Full ...

B
Letters from an Age of Reason

Letters from an Age Of Reason is a big (648 pages), sprawling literary novel set mostly in England but featuring American characters. Protagonists Arabella and Aubrey do not conform to society's expectations, like Edith Wharton's character, Lily Bart. The novel is told through a combination of Arabe ...

C
The Bad Luck Wedding Night

The Bad Luck Wedding Night is the continuation of Geralyn Dawson's Bad Luck Wedding series. The heroine of this most recent installment is the business partner of the heroines from the previous two titles in the series (The Bad Luck Wedding Dress and The Bad Luck Wedding Cake) and the characters fro ...