grief

B-
A Lady for a Duke

Note: As the author has done so, I have used a character’s ‘deadname’ (or pre-transition name) in this review. Viola Carroll was raised as the Viscount Marleigh. She joined the army with her dearest friend, Justin De Vere, the Duke of Gracewood, and after being presumed dead at Waterloo, to ...

B+
The Reading List

The Reading List is a sweet, simple and tender story about the power words have to heal and the joys that books can bring.  It’s a bit cheesy, but it’s just the right sort of cheese – like a toasty sandwich filled with melting gouda. Mukesh is a widower of two years, still in mourning for ...

A-
It Happened One Summer

It Happened One Summer is a contemporary romance about socialite Piper Bellinger reeling after a fall from grace. Following some bad choices, Piper finds herself stuck for the summer in the small town where she was born, where she might find more than she bargained for. Our story begins when Pipe ...

A-
When a Cowboy Loves a Woman

PTSD and a slow-burning romance collide in When a Cowboy Loves a Woman, the lovely and gently-moving story of two people who lost their previous partners in traumatic way falling in love with someone brand new. Elle Brooks is a mainstay of the Heaven Can Wait Horse Rescue team, and after the too- ...

A
Float Plan

I loved Float Plan! This is my first book by Trish Doller and I’m looking forward to reading through her past releases. Anna Beck needs to run away from her life. Less than a year earlier, her fiancé committed suicide and left Anna alone and spinning from the fallout. For the past ten months, ...

B+
Ladies of the House

Ladies of the House is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, following a family as they fall from grace after the death of their patriarch. Mother and daughters have to grapple with their new lives, and learn to survive independently, despite a deck stacked against them. Th ...

A-
Sweetest in the Gale

Olivia Dade’s Marysburg series stars older teachers (all characters are forty-somethings) in workplace romances. This anthology contains three novellas: Sweetest in the Gale (in its first release), and reprints of Unraveled (originally from the anthology He’s Come Undone) and Cover Me (from the ...

A-
Off Balance

In Off Balance, the first book in her new series of contemporary romances, author Jay Hogan takes a big geographical leap from one end of New Zealand to the other, from the lakes and mountains of the Southland (the setting for her recent Southern Lights books) to the coastal region of subtropical No ...

A-
Early Departures

Justin A. Reynolds’ impressionistic, speculative, emotionally accessible and beautifully original novel, Early Departures, explores the pain of regret that attends sudden and unexpected death, especially when it happens to young people. Jamal has one regret in his young life – he didn’t sav ...

A-
Tempting Hymn

Amazon’s listing data for the Sugar Sun series is a bit confusing, but Tempting Hymn is definitely book 1.5, and  I strongly recommend that you do not read it first, because its entire premise is a spoiler for book one. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed the appearances by the characters I ded ...