Gilded Age

B+
Still Life with Murder

I am not a very big mystery reader, mostly because the journey is more important to me than the end result. But Still Life with Murder, the first of a new historical mystery series by romance author Patricia Ryan, managed to engage me as a mystery and as a character study. The mystery unfolds as the ...

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Forbidden

No doubt some of you are wondering why so many of us keep buying Susan Johnson's books year after year. For me, at any rate, Forbidden is one of the most powerful reasons. After all, anyone who could write such an intelligent, lush, erotic, and three-dimensional love story once could certainly do it ...

B
Halfway to Heaven

Halfway to Heaven is a book I’ll not soon forget, not only because it was a good book, but because of the circumstances under which I read it. I read it during a time of national tragedy, when I was stuck in another state, without my family. When I couldn’t watch the news anymore, I took refuge ...

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Lions and Lace

When I came back to romance in the early '90's, finding a good read was something of a hit-or-miss proposition for me. Back then, there was nothing like this site to help me find a well-written romance, so I spent a lot of time in used-book stores, picking up anything that looked remotely interestin ...

B
The Perfect Wife

Back in the Gilded Age, American Society gathered to meet, show off, and choose their mates at a place that was as exclusive and rule-bound as Almacks in the regency period. That place was Newport, Rhode Island. A Perfect Wife is set in Newport and several historical figures play roles in this fasci ...

B-
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 ...

B
The Hostage

The Hostage is a wonderful book for folks who like a romance to develop slowly. It's the story of two people who not only fall in love, but grow and change from the experience of knowing each other. The American characters are the best I've read in ages, because they are complex and insightful indiv ...

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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 ...

B+
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 ...