Reconstruction era

B
The Longing

The Longing is an example of that increasingly rare creature, the non-Western Americana Romance. Good examples of that particular sub-genre are getting hard to find, and I am happy to say this one did not disappoint. The Longing began well, and moved along quite nicely, but it petered out a bit towa ...

A-
Prairie Moon

How far would a man go for honor? What if the last words to your husband were said in anger? How do you reveal a secret that will shatter a person's life? In asking these questions this romance created more heart and soul than I found in any other romance this year. There were no extraneous subplots ...

C+
Magnolia Creek

Romances set during and after the Civil War are scarce as can be these days, so I was really looking forward to Magnolia Creek, particularly as it is set in Kentucky, near where I live. While it has many qualities to recommend it, I found it sadly lacking in the main thing a romance novel simply mus ...

B
The Wedding Dress

Attention single women: if you think that things are hopeless and you will never find a mate, get thee to The Wedding Dress. In this tale, two sisters are making their youngest sibling a dress, despite the fact that, due to the Civil War, there are no prospective suitors. The older sisters aren't do ...

B
Samantha and the Cowboy

Last month I started glomming Lorraine Heath's books: fortunately for me she has a relatively small backlist. I had a bit of good timing, in that she had just released a new book for Avon's young adult line: Samantha and the Cowboy. As with anyone in glom-mode, I snatched it up and read it. S ...

A-
Shades of Honor

Shades of Honor is a Golden Heart award-winning novel, and in this case it was an award well deserved. I've had something of a dry spell lately; I've almost forgotten what it's like to be so enthralled in a book and so concerned for the characters that I lose all track of time. As the hours flew by ...

C+
Sullivan

I've enjoyed other books by Linda Devlin, who usually writes as Linda Winstead Jones. Something about the way she writes appeals to me, even when, as in Sullivan, the story she's telling isn't actually all that good. Eden Rourke is an ever-so-nice young lady from Back East who has come to Tex ...

C
The Nightingale's Song

The Nightingale's Song is author Kathleen Eschenburg's debut book, and as debuts go it is quite encouraging. Taken as a whole, though, it's no more than average; the pacing is off, especially in the first half of the book, and the hero and heroine engage in some aggravating behavior towards the end. ...

A-
Just Imagine

The latest Susan Elizabeth Phillips release, Just Imagine is a revision of her first solo effort, originally titled Risen Glory. And for anyone who is wondering whether Ms. Phillips is as adept at writing historicals as she is at her many contemporary successes, this book answers - with a resounding ...

B-
The Impossible Texan

Allie Shaw's first novel, The Impossible Texan, is an entertaining one, and if the romance is a little on the tame side, the political plot and likable characters ensure an enjoyable read. Marlena Maxwell is the daughter of a Texas senator. While she's forced to play the part of a Southern belle, ...