Ireland

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The Write Escape

The Write Escape combines the fantasy escapism of falling in love in a charming small foreign town with very real problems, including self-empowerment, racism and generational cycles of alcohol abuse.  It’s mostly successful and very dreamy on all counts, with a couple of flaws in its conclusion ...

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Grounded Hearts

In Grounded Hearts the storyline is simple – an RAF pilot bails out of his damaged bomber, sustains injuries and seeks help from a lovely woman in enemy territory. The storytelling, however, is anything but simple. Here, I found romance, adventure, spiritual wisdom, humor, pathos, and a picture of ...

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The Varlet and the Voyeur

I love a great sports romance and the Rugby series has been a reliably sexy, romantic and wholly satisfying treat for this fan. After the disappointment that was the third book, The Cad and the Co-ed, I’m pleased to say that normal service has been resumed and L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid have score ...

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Crowned and Dangerous

This is the tenth entry in the author’s Royal Spyness series, featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch, thirty-fifth in line to the British throne. The series is primarily set in England between the World Wars and while often touching on darker world events, falls clearly on the side of a light mystery se ...

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The Scorpio Races

When it comes to YA fiction, I make snap judgements. 99% of the time, I read the first chapter and I’ll know whether I’ll like the book or drop it. So after hearing so much about Ms. Stiefvater’s 2011 YA fantasy, I decided to give it a try. And, indeed, the first chapter test didn’t fail – ...

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Heart's Blood

What a lovely book to break me out of my reading slump. Juliet Marillier’s single-title offering is a Medieval Irish Beauty and the Beast fantasy, with a small dash of history, a medium dose of romance, and a whole heap of bloody good storytelling. Caitrin is an unusual and beautiful young woma ...

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Love Letters

Sometimes we need a cozy romance to slow down our world and take a breather. Since Ms. Fforde is an author known for her cozies, I expected to be charmed into a peaceful world with minor setbacks, a world completely different than the one I see around me. Instead, I was given a book with a title poi ...

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ErinSong

(Ms. Groe now writes as Mia Marlowe) Winter days just cry out for reading romance. When I’m sitting at home looking out on a day of fog, snow, or icy rain, for me there’s no greater treat than settling in with a fiery romance. When I picked up Erinsong, it was about noon and so gray it looked l ...

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Lanigan's Lady

Are you weary of all those "perfect" heroines - the ones with intelligence, common sense, compassion, and maturity? Are sick of all those heroic heroes that possess intellect, honor, and integrity? And how about all those plots that always seem to be credible, and, even more irritatingly, make sense ...

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A Bright Idea

Now that Scotland’s been done to death, it looks as if it’s time to read romances set in Ireland. A Bright Idea takes place in Victorian Dublin, and while I commend Cindy Harris for not overdoing the setting to the point of caricature, or going to the other extreme by pretending that the setting ...