Historical Romance

C
A Dance in Donegal

I enjoy learning about a different culture in a different time; throw in a romance and I’m on board. With those things in mind, A Dance in Donegal seemed like a good fit but the romance was a little too flat and the story a little too slow and inconsistent for my taste Shortly before her death, ...

B
When Twilight Breaks

I’ve reread Sarah Sundin’s first novel (A Distant Melody) so often that there are parts of it I could quote by heart. What I love about that story, and many of her books since, is that they remind me of the 1950s era WWII movies my parent’s loved. They are sweet, innocent, romantic and revolve ...

B+
The Lady Brewer of London

I started The Lady Brewer of London on an afternoon where I had just a few minutes of free time between errands - a grievous mistake. This is an epic, set in fifteenth-century England, and not easy to put down. Between the romance, intrigue, and historical detail, there's a lot to enjoy in this stor ...

C+
Tidewater Bride

Laura Frantz’ characteristically immaculate research choices uncharacteristically falter in Tidewater Bride, about a bright matchmaker and a land baron with a secret. Selah Hopewell stands among the recently-arrived-from-England phalanx of tobacco brides who have arrived to marry the single men ...

C
The Mark of the Rose

Marsha Canham’s work is nothing if not painstakingly researched and beautifully actualized.  The Mark of the Rose brings us back to the 1200s with ease, then flashes us forward to the present day, taking us into the lives of one special woman and her ancestor.  But the two halves of its story do ...

B+
The London Restoration

It's been a long time since I've read a novel with layers of rich historical detail, espionage, and a poignant love story so deftly intertwined. The London Restoration brings post-World War II London to life in a book that deserves a long, slow read so the reader can soak up every nuance. Theirs ...

B+
Dance to the Storm

Narrated by Steve Worsley Dance to the Storm is the second book in the Storm Over Scotland trilogy by author and historian Maggie Craig, and if you enjoy meaty, well-researched historical fiction with a compelling, star-crossed romance at its heart, then I suggest these books might be right up yo ...

C
A Bride for the Season

Nothing’s more disappointing than a story where the author sets up a tough situation that will keep the characters apart for good, then provides a deus ex machina so that they get together. This may fit the definition of romance, but it doesn’t result in a wonderful read, and sadly, A Bride for ...

A-
The Last Arrow

Although The Last Arrow can be read as a standalone, I don’t recommend it.  There will be spoilers for earlier books in the Robin Hood trilogy in this review.   In Through a Dark Mist, Lucien Wardieu (aka the Black Wolf; aka Lord Randwulf de la Seyne Sur Mer, champion of Queen Eleanor of Aqu ...

B+
Line by Line

Every time I pick up a new book by Jennifer Delamere, I find that her storytelling has gotten better. Her newest book, Line by Line, is no different. The novel is the first in a new series, Love Along the Wires, about three friends in 1880s London trying to succeed in business and in love. After a s ...