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The Rags-to-Riches Governess

The Rags-to-Riches Governess is the first in Janice Preston’s Lady Tregowan’s Will series. Miss Leah Thame is summoned to a solicitor’s office with the promise she will miss the opportunity of a lifetime if she doesn’t show up at the appointed time. Two other women arrive shortly after Le ...

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Duke I'd Like to F***

We all know Historical Romancelandia has a surfeit of dukes. However, never has that fact hit me so hard as while reading this anthology. The stories are set in different eras (the earliest is Georgian, the last is late Victorian), but it’s not the idea that these dukes might exist simultaneously ...

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The Lost Letter

Mimi Matthews’ The Lost Letter is a sweet second-chance romance that is very readable, but also trope-heavy and predictable as a result. It’s still worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of this author or just looking for an historical romance that’s solid if not spectacular. Sylvia ...

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An Affair To Remember

a Retro Review originally published on July 2, 2002 I've been a bit worried about European historicals lately. In the past year or so I've run across far too many featuring ridiculously contrived cutesy plots, heroines for whom the TSTL designation is unquestionably an understatement, and, of cour ...

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The Tempting of the Governess

I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for master/governess romances – probably a result of my long-time love for Jane Eyre – so the synopsis of Julia Justiss’ The Temptation of the Governess caught my eye. It proved to be a charming, character-driven romance featuring two likeable characters forced ...

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Unlaced by the Highland Duke

Craving some historical romance comfort food?  Then look no further.  Unlaced by the Highland Duke, the second book in The Lochmore Legacy linked series of novels, features a widowed pair resigned to a lonely future without love or passion, suddenly surprised to discover their soulmate is someone ...

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The Governess of Penwythe Hall

In The Governess of Penwythe Hall, life circumstances force a young woman to return to the community she previously fled. The first in Sarah E. Ladd’s new Cornwall series, this Regency era gothic combines a light mystery and sweet romance, delivering a tale sure to please the author’s many fans. ...

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The Duke I Once Knew

If you’re a fan of Olivia Drake, or if you’re just looking for a good book to while away a quiet afternoon, you can’t go wrong picking up The Duke I Once Knew. As the first book in the new Unlikely Duchesses series, it’s easy to jump into, and the reunited lovers theme is a classic romance p ...

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The Governess's Convenient Marriage

I know this will shock you all, but this is a marriage of convenience story. I know! Harlequin is usually so cryptic with their titles! All kidding aside, this is one of those delightful books that does exactly what it says on the tin, but does it so very well. Our story opens in the past s ...

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The Governess Game

In The Governess Game, Tessa Dare’s newest installment in her Girl Meets Duke series, Alexandra Mountbatten needs a job. This is convenient because Chase Reynaud needs a governess for his two nieces, who have driven off all acceptable candidates with their various antics. Chase is a duke’s heir, ...