Pygmalion

C-
The Princess Masquerade

I'm always up for a fairy tale, but this one leaves a lot to be desired. With a plot that never quite made sense and characters who do a lot of "telling", there's nothing here that comes even remotely to life. It's not terrible, mind you, just...well, lackluster. When Nicolas Argyle, fifth vi ...

C+
Female Intelligence

My sister highly recommended Female Intelligence, and so I read it. The payoff was only so-so, however. This was an amusing book with an interesting (and familiar) premise and good humor, but, unfortunately, it also had a slow start, rather poor characterization and a plot that did not engage. ...

D
McAllister's Crossing

Goshdurnit, I c’n shure appreciate a well-written dialect as much as th’ next gal. But I ain’t got no stomach fer readin’ an entire book with a heroine who ain’t got no book learnin’ an’ speaks accordin’ly. And the heroine of McAllister’s Crossing doesn’t know any high fallutin ...

A
The Proposition

The Pygmalion myth gave George Bernard Shaw the idea for his play Pygmalion which was turned into the wonderful musical My Fair Lady. Judith Ivory takes this story and gives it a twist, (and a lot more romance than grumpy old GBS did). Edwina Bollash, linguistics expert and tutor of gauche young lad ...

D
Heaven's Rogue

Most people are familiar with the Pygmalion myth in which a sculptor creates the perfect woman who then comes to life. In Heaven's Rogue, Colleen Shannon's heroine doesn't create her perfect man, she literally stumbles upon him during a hiking trip in Italy. At the bottom of a Roman cistern, Dr. Hon ...

C-
Fairest of Them All

In Fairest of Them All, Josette Browning has written an updated nineteenth century potboiler, reminiscent of Edgar Rice Boroughs' Tarzan of the Apes with a Pygmalion twist. This highly unusual romance novel imitates a Victorian popular novel including its sensibilities about sex and social rank. The ...

B+
A Stranger's Wife

I don't much care for Westerns. I picked up A Stranger's Wife on the recommendations I'd heard from others, deciding to give it a try despite the setting. I'm very glad I did, and what's more, I can't wait to read more of Maggie Osborne's work. A Stranger's Wife is the story of Lily Dale, a woman ...