Reconstruction era

C-
Chance of a Lifetime

I was delighted to find that Chance of a Lifetime is set in Fort Davis, Texas, in 1868, since our family visited that site recently and I had thought it would make a wonderful setting for a novel. My delight had waned, however, by the end of the first chapter. An annoying heroine combined with unlik ...

D
Only With You

Only With You is not really a story about two people who fall in love. Rather, it's a story about a heroine who thinks she's in love with her best friend's fiance‚ until the second to last chapter, and a hero who finally tells the heroine he loves her on the last line of the last page. An extremel ...

C-
Anywhere You Are

When Mairie Callahan goes skydiving in the vicinity of Area 51, any X-Files fan worth the salt on her sunflower seeds knows what's going to happen. The Men In Black will pick the exact time she bails out of the plane to try some experiments. Before Mairie can say, "Mulder, it's me," she finds hersel ...

C
The Fugitive Heart

Inspirational novels can be difficult to review. You can't exactly give a novel a lower grade simply because you don't agree with the beliefs of the author. As you might expect from an inspirational novel, the crux of this novel is a spiritual conflict. The hero has rejected God, and the heroine fee ...

A
The Outsider

The Outsider is a keeper. It's also the second book in Rosalyn West's The Men of Pride County series. Set in post-Civil War Kentucky, the series features a divided county trying to heal its war wounds. The hero of The Outsider was first introduced in the series' first book - The Outcast. It definite ...

C
The Outcast

Seems to me I said sometime before, never read the second book first and the first book second. I still believe that, and even more so this time around. The Outcast is the first book in The Men Of Pride County series. It's the story of Reeve Garrett, bastard son of Byron Glendower, and half-brother ...

B+
The Outsider

I don't think that there is any sadder time in history than the American Civil War period. I used to read about those times a lot, until I watched the PBS series on the Civil War. Reading about the Civil War always depressed me, but after that series, I lost my enthusiasm for it, and for the resurre ...

C+
Ward

Well, I have to say that I liked Ward better than I liked Jake, but this series still lacks the spark of the Seven Brides series. I feel like I'm going to harp here but again, Ward lacks tension; it lacks some real interest to get things going, and this does not bode well for The Cowboys. On the oth ...

D
Shotgun Groom

If you're looking for a good mail-order bride romance, I can recommend several. Shotgun Groom would not be one of them. Somehow the author takes a surefire premise and shoots a blank. Lily Towns has wanted to marry Matt Logan since she was a child in Tennessee. After Matt came home from the Civil ...

F
Texas Lucky

I wanted to like Texas Lucky by Maggie James. The cover of the book alone is sublime. Also, it sounded like my kind of story. Cowboy romances are among my favorites, and this one seemed to fit the bill. Set in the Southwest and Texas sometime vaguely after the Civil War, it is about a man and a woma ...