Pennyroyal Green series

B+
Malcolm & Isabel

When Julie Anne Long wrapped up her much adored Pennyroyal Green series with The Legend of Lyon Redmond, she did a rather odd thing. The final pages of the book--a DIK for us--leapt forward in time to an epilogue set in the year that book was published (2015). Readers suddenly found themselves readi ...

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What I Did for a Duke

Incredible as it may seem (and it still does – to me!) the Pennyroyal Green series is one that I haven’t yet completed.  I’ve read the last three or four books but not the earlier ones, so I decided to pick up one of them for September’s TBR prompt to read an historical romance.  What I Di ...

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What I Did for a Duke

Genevieve Eversea, of Pennyroyal Green, has been in love with Lord Harry Osborne for three years. Harry is all that Genevieve wants in a man — he’s funny, handsome, shares her knowledge and love of Italian art, and makes her smile every time she sees him. She is certain they make the perfect cou ...

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The Legend of Lyon Redmond

On page seven of Julie Anne Long’s The Perils of Pleasure, published in 2008, is this: For ’tis said an Eversea and a Redmond are destined to break each other’s hearts once per generation. And Lyon Redmond, the eldest of the Redmond children, disappeared some years ago. The Redmonds believe ...

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It Started With a Scandal

This, the tenth in the author’s Pennyroyal Green series, is a bit of an offshoot from it, as neither of the principal characters is a Redmond or an Eversea – and also perhaps a little bit of an exercise in delayed gratification, as fans of the series continue to await the final book, due out lat ...

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It Happened One Midnight

It Happened One Midnight is the eighth book in Ms. Long's Pennyroyal Green series. The hero is Jonathan Redmond, the youngest of the Redmonds.This fact alone made me consider downgrading this book. I and the rest of Ms. Long's fans have been impatiently waiting since I Kissed an Earl (#5) to learn w ...

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A Notorious Countess Confesses

I’ve read romances about former courtesans (too many to count), and I’ve read romances about ministers (not as numerous as ex-courtesans), but I’d be hard pressed to think of one I liked as much as I liked this one. A Notorious Countess Confesses may sound like the type of title you see all th ...

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How the Marquess Was Won

I liked this book. I liked it a lot. And yet…. The truth is, I’ve so loved the last two books in Ms. Long’s Pennyroyal Green series, I Kissed an Earl and What I Did for a Duke, that to like this book — just to like it and enjoy it as a good read — was a bummer. How the Marquess Was Won is, ...

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I Kissed an Earl

One of my favourite moments in the movie Mulan comes when our heroine attempts some manly expectoration and ends up slobbering in front of a handsome captain. So when Violet Redmond has a similar moment with a hunk of bread in front of her Captain Flint, I knew I was in for a good time. I Kissed ...

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Since the Surrender

Usually I like Julie Anne Long’s books a great deal, so I am rather sad at how disenchanted I am with Since the Surrender. It’s not all bad; it’s just that it doesn’t quite work at various pivotal moments, and as this is from an author with whose work I have been so immensely pleased in the ...