Reconstruction era

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, ...

C-
Against the Odds

Against the Odds is well-written and even interesting, but ultimately forgettable. In the aftermath of the Civil War, a Southern lady and a Yankee POW find love on board a doomed steamboat. The historical flavor is nice, but the crisis-to-crisis pace is a little monotonous. Gabe Davis is one ...

C+
Twilight in Texas

While I've not read Jodi Thomas before, I have read reviews of her other books, including those in the related McClain series. All the reviews have been good (some have been great), giving me a pleasant sense of anticipation for Twilight in Texas. So it's with no small amount of confusion that as I ...

B
The Colonel's Widow

Some books may look ordinary, but hold special surprises. If you love Westerns, you really ought to do yourself a favor and check out The Colonel's Widow. Amanda Green, a nurse for the Union, was widowed in the Civil War, and soon after her husband's death she is confronted by angry townspeople. Ama ...

B+
The Horse Soldier

I loved the central conflict in this book: the hero and heroine, who once loved each other deeply, have now come to hate each other just as deeply, and not because of any big misunderstandings. She was a Southern Belle and he was a Union spy. The met, fell in love, and got married in a secret ceremo ...

C
The Rancher Takes a Wife

Despite massive anachronisms, a potty-mouthed heroine, an intractable hero, and a Big Misassumption that runs the entire length of the story, The Rancher Takes a Wife grew on me and by the end, I found I grudgingly liked it. Not exactly a glowing recommendation, but there you have it. Rose Severi ...

C+
A Springwater Christmas

A Springwater Christmas is a warm-hearted, rather sweet and predictable tale about acceptance, love and forgiveness that will get you in the holiday spirit. If you've read the previous books in the Springwater series, you'll no doubt be thrilled with the reappearance of these fertile ladies and thei ...

A
Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny is a Beauty and the Beast story, a road romance, and quite possible the most tear-inducing book I have ever read in my life. I've often thought if I could get a copy into the hands of all the fans of romance novels and then buy stock in the companies that make hankies, I would be a ric ...

C+
Images in Scarlet

I enjoy a good amnesia story - it's interesting to see how an author serves up a fresh twist on an old cliché. Images in Scarlet uses amnesia to create a hero with a lot of vulnerability and sweetness, which is nice. Unfortunately, the the book doesn't live up to its promise. Allison Caine e ...

A-
The Pretender

I keep meaning to pay a visit to the Buried Treasures page and submit Rosalyn West's name, because I love her books, but I never hear anyone talking about them but me. Consider this review my annual appeal on her behalf - if you like American Historicals with complex characters and incredible confli ...