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When Stars Rain Down

When Stars Rain Down is a lyrical tale of family, friendship and romance. Taking place during the Jim Crow Era South, it celebrates how love can bloom even under the most difficult of circumstances. Due to the setting, there are depictions of violence - both verbal and physical - perpetrated agai ...

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A Dazzle of Diamonds

What I love about Liz Johnson’s work is the way her flow of words brings you along so effortlessly that suddenly you’re halfway through the book and not quite sure how you got there – but you know you enjoyed every second of the journey.  A Dazzle of Diamonds is part of the author’s Georgia ...

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Daughters of Jubilation

Daughters of Jubilation is a powerful read.  Imbued with a beautiful, graceful sense of strength, it comes out swinging with a heroine who has a wonderfully memorable voice. Sixteen-year-old Evalene – Evvie - Deschamps is growing up in a Jim Crow Era mid-south, helping to care for her younger ...

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Gimme Some Sugar

“Nice Southern girls did not make money baking penis cakes” Some romance novels are just nice times spent with pleasant people you want to see succeed in life.  Gimme Some Sugar fits that bill beautifully. Six months after the death of her husband Wayne, Lucy Bowman Garten is trying to star ...

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Set the Night on Fire

Laura Trentham’s world of Cottonbloom is one of my current favorites in contemporary romance. It’s a fictional town, half in Mississippi and half in Louisiana, and there’s a vast socioeconomic difference between the two halves, as well as an overlapping history between its citizens. Set the Ni ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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Leave the Night on

Sutton Mize is having her fiancé's classic convertible restored as a surprise.  Unfortunately, he also has a surprise in store for her - Sutton finds a pair of underwear in said car that is Not Hers. Even worse, they belong to her best friend. Thankfully, this discovery is made in the presence of ...

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Into the Woods

a DIKlassic review review originally published on February 22, 2001 I was a little doubtful when I picked up Into the Woods, because it’s based on the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel.” Have you read it lately? “Hansel and Gretel” is about two children who are abandoned like an unwanted lit ...

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Love, Alabama

I’ve never lived in the South but will admit to a fascination with Southern life; and while I can’t verify its authenticity, I liked the southern small-town flavor of this book. Yes, everyone in town knows the heroine, but it makes sense - she’s a former Miss Alabama notorious for giving up he ...

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Lost Lake

I love novels that combine a gentle magical surrealism with romance and lovable characters. And there is no doubt that Sarah Addison Allen is the star of writing a sweet, lyrical story that contains those essential elements. This time around she takes us to Lost Lake, GA – a quiet spot forgotten b ...