Historical Romance

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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 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 ...

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The Impossible Girl

I loved The Impossible Girl. The setting is expertly laid out, detailed and realistic, and the characters are relatable and likable. It was everything you want when you pick up a young adult read; a level-headed and intelligent young woman as the female lead, and a strong but subtle romance to swoon ...

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A Girl Divided

I absolutely adore historical novels that center around the Second World War, but I will admit to being the tiniest bit tired of all the books set in either Europe or America. So when I saw that A Girl Divided took place in China, I was eager to read it, thinking it would give me a different perspec ...

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The Weaver's Daughter

Just as the cloth at the center of The Weaver’s Daughter is woven by skillful hands, the author’s skill weaves a warm and engaging tale of a way of life forced into change by new technology and of the growing love between two people on opposite sides of that change. For centuries, weavers of ...

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The Hope of Azure Springs

Rachel Fordham’s début novel, The Hope of Azure Springs, is a very tender story about an abused woman and the sheriff who becomes enamored of her. Nineteen-year-old Em Cooper has had a difficult life.  Ending up on the Orphan Train and sent west from New York with her sister, they were separa ...

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A Most Noble Heir

Most romances follow a tried-and-true pattern — thrust the hero and heroine together under circumstances which place them in conflict and show how they resolve their differences to arrive at happily-ever-after. In A Most Noble Heir, the author wrenches the hero and heroine apart near the beginning ...

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More Than Meets the Eye

More Than Meets the Eye is a fantastic tale of finding love in the American west that captured my heart from the start. When she first steps on the orphan train, Evangeline – Evie - Hamilton is a tiny child full of dreams. The day she gets off she is a heartbroken little girl, aware that her mi ...

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The Marigold Chain

Narrated by Alex Wyndham So, so many people love The Marigold Chain (really, anything by Stella Riley) and for good reason.  Her attention to detail - from the dialogue to the setting and time period  to the clothing -  everything is pitch perfect.  However, The Marigold Chain is history dens ...