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My Loving Vigil Keeping

AAR reviewed Carla Kelly’s My Loving Vigil Keeping when it first came out. Our reviewer was not happy (you can see that review HERE), and it put me off of trying this book for a long time. Recently, I realized it was included in my Kindle Unlimited, and gave it a shot. Oh, I’m so glad I did. ...

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How to Wed a Courtesan

How to Wed a Courtesan is a touching story about grown-ups searching for a second chance at love.  It left me with a lump in my throat, and tears of both sorrow and joy in my eyes.  It’s a rare book, one not to be missed. Charlotte – Lottie - Rossington was once a shy vicar’s daughter in ...

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Lizzie & Dante

Lizzie & Dante has all the elements of a great romance - a woman on vacation in Italy, a hot Italian chef with great moves in and out of the kitchen, days on the beach, and nights under the stars. But it also has one element of a great tragedy - Lizzie is sick with cancer. Lizzie Delford, a S ...

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Maybe One Day

Maybe One Day is a novel that follows a woman’s journey to find the truth of her past, and resolve the trauma of her youth. In doing so, she walks in the footsteps of her first love, the man she believed abandoned her, and tries to find her way back to him. Jess has spent the last few years car ...

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Just a Heartbeat Away

I haven't read too many début stories this year, but I heard good chatter on social media about Cara Bastone's Just a Heartbeat Away, the first full length novel in her Forever Yours series. (Technically her first book is a prequel novella to the series, When We First Met, but this is her first ful ...

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The Secret of You and Me

The Secret of You and Me is an unexpected treat of a heartfelt but very dark novel, a warm and queer retelling of Persuasion by Jane Austen.  But it fashions a whole new world, a whole new set of feelings created from broken hearts and heavy religious guilt in small-town Texas. Captain Nora Noak ...

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Bingo Love

A bingo hall brought Mari McCray and Hazel Johnson together as young women in 1963. Prejudice and family ultimatums pushed the two apart, but forty years later, a bingo hall brings them back together. In the meantime, however, both Hazel and Mari have married and had families. Is it too late for a s ...

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Thrown Off the Ice

When Thrown Off the Ice first appeared in my GoodReads feed, the cover caught my eye, but I kept scrolling.  When it kept appearing, day after day, I finally clicked through and read the blurb.  It didn’t tell me much: Mike knew he was making a mistake when he let the rookie climb into bed with ...

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A Convenient Fiction

A Convenient Fiction beautifully mixes Georgette.Heyer with Victoria Holt.  Part gothic romance, part family story with a tiny sprinkling of humor thrown in, it’s a lovely, spooky heartbreaker of a novel that sinks its claws right into you, then kisses the wound it leaves behind. Laura Hayes i ...

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After the End

I always get a little nervous when authors who write a particular type of book very well decide to try something new. Sometimes, it ends up working out well, but there are also those times when it turns out to be a flop. Fortunately, After the End, the latest novel from renowned thriller writer Clar ...