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After All These Years

After a car accident took at least one parent from two-year-old Curry Trent, Huck James, and Tom Winchester, the three grew up inseparable in the small South Dakota town of Gleeson. Until, that is, Curry married Huck, and both Huck and Tom went to Vietnam - but only Tom came back. Fifteen years late ...

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My Beautiful Enemy

I have to state upfront, that I’m a Sherry Thomas fangirl of immense proportions. I’ve loved each and every one of her books (including her recent YA titles) and take delight in her skillful storytelling, her wonderful prose, the complexity of her characterisations, the angst and ultimately, the ...

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My Beautiful Enemy

When one reads a lot and in a specific genre, after a while, there is seems to be a sameness about books that makes one almost indistinguishable from another. So when I picked up Sherry Thomas’ My Beautiful Enemy, I immediately knew this book was out of the ordinary. Think Crouching Tiger, Hidden ...

B+
Nanny for the Millionaire's Twins

I thought I knew what to expect. The laughing couple playing with twin babies on the cover sent a clear message to me; this is a sappy, sweet, light-hearted romance. Boy, was I wrong. This is a serious story about a couple in an incredibly difficult situation. Sure, there are babies, but there’s p ...

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The Black Hawk (#17 on our Top 100 Romances list)

Once in a while, during every reader’s literary life, you encounter a book that reminds you why you are a reader. It renews your faith, if faith was lost; it rekindles your interest, if interest waned; and every word, every page, is a wonder. Adrian and Justine’s story is not only such a book an ...

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Sunshine and Shadow

I owe Sharon and Tom Curtis a great debt. Their romance classic The Windflower is my absolute favorite romance, and I have read it many, many times over the years both for entertainment and for comfort. Sunshine and Shadow I have read twice – once right after I discovered their writing ten years a ...

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A Scotsman in Love

For me, comfort reads often involve a lot of angst. Something about the theme of love as redemption, and seeing love heal characters and help free themselves from their suffering reaches me on a deeply emotional level. That's one of the reasons I enjoy Karen Ranney's work; she does tortured characte ...

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Last Dance at the Jitterbug Lounge

Once I started reading Pam Morsi's Last Dance at the Jitterbug Lounge, I could hardly put it down, even when reaching for a Kleenex; it was such an emotional story and touched me on a personal level. I stayed up to 1:00 in the morning to finish the story and it was the first thing I thought of when ...

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The Book Thief

Writing a review of The Book Thief, I am burdened by a sense of "What's the point?" This book has already received copious amounts of positive press; The New York Times, Kirkus, Horn Book, The Washington Post, and Publisher's Weekly, among others, have given it glowing reviews. What insight can I re ...

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Always To Remember

I can count on one hand the number of romance novels that have ever moved me to tears. Lorraine Heath's classic Always to Remember sits at the top of that elite list, head and shoulders above the rest. In the ten years since its initial publication, it has only gained power, as its themes seem even ...