Historical Romance

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Redeeming Love

Redeeming Love is a classic in the Christian market and straddles the genres of romance and Christian fiction. The story, first published in 1991, is based on selected chapters from Hosea, a biblical book from a minor prophet, in which God asks the prophet to marry a prostitute, a marriage that symb ...

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Proper Scoundrels

Allie Therin’s Magic and Manhattan series concluded earlier this year with Wonderstruck, leaving Rory and Arthur in a good place, disposing of the evil Baron Zeppler and nicely tying up the major plotlines.  Despite a few quibbles, I enjoyed all three books, so I was pleased to learn the author w ...

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A Marvellous Light

Freya Marske’s inventive and impressive début, A Marvellous Light, is an enchanting blend of magic, mystery and romance set in England in 1908, in which a newly-appointed civil servant finds himself suddenly part of a mysterious and fantastical world of deadly curses, spells and secrets.   It ...

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The Brightest Star in Paris

The Brightest Star in Paris is the follow up to Diana Biller’s 2019 début, The Widow of Rose House.  I haven’t got around to reading that one, but I gather that the books are linked by virtue of the fact that the hero of Brightest Star – Doctor Benedict Moore – is the brother of Sam from R ...

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The Woman at the Front

I associate Lecia Cornwall’s name with historical romances, although I confess I haven’t read any of her work in that genre.  The blurb for her latest book, The Woman at the Front, caught my eye because of its First World War setting; I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Northern France (pre-C ...

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My Loving Vigil Keeping

AAR reviewed Carla Kelly’s My Loving Vigil Keeping when it first came out. Our reviewer was not happy (you can see that review HERE), and it put me off of trying this book for a long time. Recently, I realized it was included in my Kindle Unlimited, and gave it a shot. Oh, I’m so glad I did. ...

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Carved in Stone

An impoverished, idealistic lawyer falls for a kindly, compassionate heiress but is unsure if their love can bridge the social and economic divide between them in Elizabeth Camden’s Carved in Stone. Gwen Blackstone Kellerman has suffered plenty of heartache in her life. Her mother died when she ...

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The Dollmaker's Daughter

Since I’m a fan of the Colonial Williamsburg living-history museum in Virginia, I picked up The Dollmaker’s Daughter, intrigued by the Williamsburg setting and a story set in 1776 that has more to do with a young woman’s search for adventure and a scientist hero, than with fighting the War of ...

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Her Heart For a Compass

The second daughter of the Queens’ close friend, the Scottish Duke of Buccleuch, Lady Margaret Montagu Scott is expected to make an advantageous marriage. But Margaret is an impulsive and outspoken girl in a repressive society where women are, quite literally, caged in corsets and required to conf ...

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The Nature of a Lady

The Nature of a Lady is the first novel I’ve read by this author, and as it happens, it’s  the first novel in her new series The Secrets of the Isles. I enjoy stories of mistaken identity, and with the addition of a mysterious disappearance, two love stories, a brilliant guidebook to life on th ...