France

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The Walnut Tree

I think one of the most horrifying things in the world would be to be away from home when war broke out. Suddenly, your visit to a foreign land turns into an unintended stay. You find yourself trapped in an unfamiliar area, with the very real possibility that you might be killed before you can get h ...

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The Black Hawk (#17 on our Top 100 Romances list)

Once in a while, during every reader’s literary life, you encounter a book that reminds you why you are a reader. It renews your faith, if faith was lost; it rekindles your interest, if interest waned; and every word, every page, is a wonder. Adrian and Justine’s story is not only such a book an ...

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The Orchid Affair

The Pink Carnation series is one that I have been following with great pleasure for a number of years, but, as much as I have been enjoying the protagonists’ adventures in England, Ireland, and India, I was somewhat disappointed that after the first volume the action never returned to Napoleon’s ...

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Ruthless

I don’t think it’s too much to state that Anne Stuart’s House of Rohan trilogy comes with high, high hopes. This author has given readers some of the darkest, cruellest, and most successfully redeemed heroes ever, and her historical novels seem to have an especially devoted following, possibly ...

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Watermark

If you're on the hunt for something different, a mute albino papermaker in Medieval France is a heroine who doesn't come along too often. Though Watermark, like many debut novels, seems a bit unpolished, the story is still an engaging one and gives readers an indelible picture of a tumultuous era. ...

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Madam, Will You Talk?

Madam, Will You Talk? may very well be the very first grown-up romance I ever read. I had crept into the grown-up department of the public library in secret, because I was supposed to look after my younger siblings over in the children’s department, and had to grab books quickly. No idea how I cam ...

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The Dangerous Mr. Ryder

After writing a number of very enjoyable stand-alone titles, Louise Allen has embarked on telling the stories of the members of a large family. In her case, it’s not a set of siblings, but of cousins. A family tree is printed right at the front of the book, which is a shame, because it contains a ...

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Nine Coaches Waiting

I have a confession to make: I used to think Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart a prime example of a Guilty Pleasure. Very well written, but verging on melodrama, and thus only to be enjoyed with a touch of embarrassment. Rereading it for the purpose of this review, I realized I couldn’t have be ...

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The Adventurous Bride

Miranda Jarrett is an author I’d forgotten about. Years ago, I read a few of her books and then glommed a bunch more, but they got lost in the bottomless tbr pile. Then I came across The Adventurous Bride and thought I’d give it a go. It’s a road romance full of unusual settings (like Calais a ...

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The Silver Rose

The Silver Rose is the last book in Susan Carroll's Sisters of Faire Isle trilogy. It beautifully weaves all the threads left dangling from the first two books into a rich tapestry of magic, history, passion, intrigue, and impossible love. Faire Isle has undergone a drastic change from when we fi ...