Holiday romance

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What a Lady Needs for Christmas

Grace Burrowes has gotten some great buzz here, which led me to request her book for review. I’m happy to say that I agree with previous reviewers - she’s a great author, and her characters and their relationships are interesting and well developed. A few things hold this book back, but this cro ...

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The Wedding Ring Quest

You know what I like about Carla Kelly’s books? They have real people. I don’t just mean that she doesn’t pull out the marquesses and dukes, although she has eschewed the nobility in the last decade. I mean her characters act and speak like actual complex human beings. They don’t just shriek ...

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The Christmas He Loved Her

My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something beyond the ordinary. In terms of plotting, it's probably ...

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Under the Mistletoe

Ms. Shalvis’s very brief novella Under the Mistletoe gives fans of her Lucky Harbor series Mia’s story. Mia, the birth daughter of Ford and Tara (the leads in The Sweetest Thing), is now twenty-two, living in New York and in love with a guy named Nick. (This may be a letdown for all those who ho ...

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Silent Night

Narrated by Ellen Archer I normally avoid novellas; they’re just too short for me. I like to learn more about the characters than is revealed in a novella. But in the case of a well-loved series I’ll make an exception. I’m a major fan of the Lady Julia series and have enjoyed Ellen Archer ...

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Marian's Christmas Wish

The best part of the holiday season is, for me, the holiday books. I do lots of baking, wrapping, decorating, and cooking but that is not really for me. It's for the family. But the holiday novels are my little treat during the season. They warm my heart and keep me going, reminding me of just why t ...

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A Countess by Christmas

Annie Burrows is an author who manages to enthrall me whenever I read one of her books. Several have been tearjerkers for me, as Annie Burrows does not shy away from showing selfish and callous behavior and describing deep unhappiness. Yet often I found the novel flawed after I’d finished them: a ...

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Christmas with the Duchess

It’s not uncommon for a book to have a family tree, when it’s one in a series of connected stories focusing on a particular family - and God knows there are a lot of those. It’s never a good sign, though, when a single book needs a family tree to deal with all of the characters. Its even worse ...

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The Mischief of the Mistletoe

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I’ll say this for the art department at Dutton: They have some serious love for Lauren Willig. Her covers are always attractive, but the one on The Mischief of the Mistletoe is absolutely stunning. Periodically I would find myself lost in a daze and realize I was doing it, again - staring at the c ...

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Holiday Outing

I decided to take a chance on Holiday Outing after Jessica at Racy Romance Reviews posted a review of this novella. I’m so very glad I did, because this was a nice little gem to add to my holiday reading this year. Jonah Levinson hasn’t been home to celebrate Hanukkah in four years, but this ye ...