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Frozen

I love our end of the year lists in part because, later, I can look back and see what we loved. In 2014, Meljean Brook's novella Frozen made my #Bestof2014 list. (2014 produced several books on it I still adore: Three Weeks with Lady X, Rogue Spy, No More Mr. Nice Guy, Having Her, Off the Edge, and ...

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How to Hack a Heartbreak

How to Hack a Heartbreak is a delightful book – a breezy read that grabs the reader from the first page. What amazes me is although I know that Rockaway could not possibly have written Heartbreak yesterday, it reads that way; it’s so of-the-moment. I can see readers juggling Ronan Farrow’s Ca ...

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Love and the Laws of Motion

Love and the Laws of Motion is an enjoyable tale of unexpected love between a reclusive astrophysicist and a brilliant, but slightly misguided computer hacker. It’s the second book in Amanda Weaver’s The Romano Sisters trilogy and, like the first book, it’s a delightful read full of lovable ch ...

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The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics opens with the wedding of Lucy Muchelney’s ex-lover, Priscilla Carmichael. Still struggling to come to terms with the death, six months earlier, of her beloved father - to whom Lucy had been an unacknowledged apprentice - this latest abandonment is too muc ...

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A Scandal to Remember

It would be hard to choose the worst problem facing Lieutenant Charles Dance in his new peacetime posting, a scientific expedition on board the HMS Tenacious. Is it the ship’s state of disrepair and leaks? The drunken captain? The vicious bosun? The purser who ran off with the entire budget? Or is ...

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A Dangerous Collaboration

Like many a fan of Deanna Raybourn’s series of Victorian-set historical mysteries starring the intrepid lady lepidopterist, Veronica Speedwell, I’m as much drawn to the complicated relationship established between Veronica and her delicious partner-in-crime, Revelstoke Templeton-Vane (Stoker), a ...

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50 Ways to Ruin a Rake

Mellie Smithson is a chemist whose discoveries have helped her father and uncle’s textile production boom, bringing the family to new wealth. However, her reward for this is that the men want to keep that money in the family by marrying Mellie off to her cousin Ronald. Too rich for local boys and ...

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Earth Bound

Twentieth century historical romances are much less common than their regency or medieval counterparts so the sky’s the limit (or not in this case) for co-authors Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner to tackle the post-World War Two space-race era. Earth Bound is the second full-length novel in the Fly ...

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Wish Upon a Duke

Erica Ridley’s story about astronomy, fear, and flirtation, Wish Upon a Duke, has a few charming points but subjects us to a hero who thinks that the heroine is a hopeless ninny. Gloria Goodwin, daughter of a the Royal Navy captain, runs a stargazing lecture at Marlowe Castle called sky-walking ...

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Make Me Fall

In this delightful book from Sara Rider, Nora is having trouble adjusting to her new life as a chemistry professor at a small college in Washington State. Newly divorced and far away from everyone she knows, she’s having trouble making friends and decides to join a bookclub full of hateful women o ...