Historical Romance

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Finding Lady Enderly

There’s a captivating sense of gothic tension filling Finding Lady Enderly, a romance that mixes suspense, a rags-to-riches Cinderella story, elements of faith and class division all in one fascinating wrapper. Raina Bretton is miserably poor working as a rag picker in London’s East End. She ...

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A Reluctant Bride

Les Miserables meets the high seas in Jody Hedlund’s A Reluctant Bride, the story of a woman from the slums who finds her worth on the bounding main. Mercy Wilkins lives in one of London’s poorest slums.  Barely able to keep shoes on her feet, she nonetheless sacrifices all she can to help t ...

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The Noble Guardian

I had not read Michelle Griep’s work before, but her books have been well-received, so I decided to pick up her latest release, The Noble Guardian, for review.  This third book in the Bow Street Runners Trilogy is a Cinderella tale played out during an arduous journey with a different slant on th ...

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A Return of Devotion

I read A Defense of Honor, the first book of the Haven Manor series, liked it very much, and immediately bought the second installment. I found A Return of Devotion a very different experience, one I struggled with as a reader.  Whereas A Defense of Honor has a steady pace driven by the action plot ...

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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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Lady of Mallow

Dorothy Eden's Lady of Mallow was originally published in 1960, and has recently been digitally reissued, as have several of the author’s other books. London is abuzz with gossip about Lord Blane Mallow, who ran away from his Kentish home aged sixteen and hasn’t been seen or heard of in the t ...

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A Desperate Hope

Accurate, detailed historical tales can be hard to come by which is why I treasure the work of Elizabeth Camden. Her newest novel, A Desperate Hope, is the third in her Empire State saga, a series that revolves around the history of clean water in New York. This story works fine as a stand-alone nov ...

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The Dark Knight

As a fan of medieval romances, I’m so, so excited to have discovered this buried treasure. Venetian nobleman Dante Chiaveri’s parents were murdered by his grasping uncle, so Dante and his sister fled to England, where Dante grew up to fill the role of the King’s Assassin. Everything is in p ...

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The Admiral's Penniless Bride (Manga Edition)

In order to give Harlequin Manga a fair shake, I looked for a book where I had read and enjoyed the original. When Carla Kelly announced that her book The Admiral’s Penniless Bride had been selected for adaptation, I knew I’d found my test case. And the verdict? It’s delightful! The story i ...

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Wings of a Dream

I read inspy romances from time to time, and I have to admit that the often gorgeous cover art tends to draw me in. A disproportionate number of books in that genre are blessed with above-average cover art. While not a seamlessly perfect read, Wings of a Dream is an appealing romance/coming-of-age ...