Gilded Age

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The Prince of Broadway

A spicy story of gamblers and ruthlessness, The Prince of Broadway is a unique experience and one heck of a way to end 2019. Clayton Madden is a rough-and-tumble casino owner who can make or break a man with a flick of his finger.  All the high society types come to wager at his casino -his prid ...

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The Rogue of Fifth Avenue

I was really pleased when I learned that Frank Tripp, high-flying lawyer to the rich and famous of Gilded Age New York, would be getting his own story in The Rogue of Fifth Avenue the first book in Joanna Shupe’s new Uptown Girls series. Handsome, charming and urbane, Frank made for an attractive, ...

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Duchess by Design

Maya Rodale opens up her new series set in Gilded Age New York with Duchess by Design. Brandon Alexander Fiennes, the brand-new Duke of Kingston, has inherited an impoverished estate and has no idea what to do about it.  He desperately wants to restore Lyon House to its former glory, but with h ...

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Magnate

I read and enjoyed Joanna Shupe’s first historical romance, The Courtesan Duchess, and in my review, said that while it wasn’t without flaws, it was one of the strongest débuts I’d read in a while. I read or listened to the two books that followed it (The Harlot Countess and The Lady Hellion, ...

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The Passions of Emma

For years I put off reading The Passions of Emma because it didn’t sound all that romantic to me. I didn’t want to read about the heroine’s dying close friend whose husband is the eventual hero – especially when the romance doesn’t begin in earnest until the last quarter of the book. But t ...

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A Season of Splendor: The Court of Mrs. Astor in Gilded Age

America does not have royalty or a peerage, but for a period of time right after the Civil War, until the outbreak of World War I, an observer of the social scene in New York might think we did. During this time, known as the Gilded Age, members of society gave lavish balls, built spectacular homes, ...

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Murder in the North End

Murder in the North End is the fifth book in P.B. Ryan's Nell Sweeney mystery series set in post-Civil War Boston. While this series has been generally quite enjoyable overall, this new installment is weaker than the others, and the lack of romantic denouement feels forced. Nell Sweeney is still ...

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Sweet Talking Man

Nineteenth century New York was a place with as much decadence and grandeur as Regency London. It also had a host of recognizable settings and lots of famous characters to play walk-on roles. Betina Krahn's Sweet Talking Man makes good use of this richness, taking readers everywhere from an upscale ...

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Madensky Square

"I woke in such a good mood this morning. There was a dress floating about in my head; almost ready, almost there. Cream silk, the skirt trimmed with tiers and tiers of rough cream lace and the bodice tuckered but unadorned except for a single rose." So begins 36-year-old Susanna Weber’s diar ...

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Wild at Heart

Wild at Heart has a most unusual romantic premise … and a hero who is not only heroic, but endearing as well. Patricia Gaffney's writing is virtually word perfect, and simply glows. This is a very, very nice book. It's 1893 Chicago, site of the World's Fair. Sydney Darrow (I just loved her name ...