Historical Romance

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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 ...

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The Sea Before Us

When I was growing up, one of the movies often watched at my home was The Longest Day, an epic WWII film starring classic cinema stars John Wayne, Sean Connery and Henry Fonda. Using quasi-documentary style storytelling, the film dramatizes the events of the Battle of Normandy and a small part of wh ...

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The Lacemaker

Readers have been obsessed with heroines who tumble down the economic and social ladder for centuries, from Victor Hugo’s Fantine to Hillary Duff’s Sam.   The heroine of The Lacemaker must conquer both a downward social tumble and her fear of committing to romance, all while trying to keep her ...

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The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey

Many of us have known that broken, empty hearted feeling that comes with the realization that the one we love doesn’t love us back. In The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey Carolyn Miller does a good job of capturing that emotion and taking us on a roller coaster ride of heartache to romance as a jilted ...

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A Strange Scottish Shore

When I read A Most Extraordinary Pursuit, the first of Juliana Gray’s historical mystery series featuring the intrepid Emmeline Truelove, I wasn’t – at first – quite sure what to think.  There’s a mystery, yes, and a bit of romance… but I wasn’t expecting the time travel element or th ...