tearjerker

B
A Crime of the Heart

Some time ago a friend of mine recommended A Crime of the Heart as a good cry-your-eyes-out kind of read. I am only occasionally in the mood to cry my eyes out, so this one has sat neglected in the TBR for at least a year. But as I was picking out books to read for my week at the cottage, my fingers ...

B-
Reunion

Reunion by Kathryn Fox is an unusual and powerful historical romance. Unfortunately, the question on the cover - Would their future be filled with love..or heartbreak? - isn't really satisfactorily answered. The question that still bothered me at the end of this book was, "Is love going to be enough ...

A
One Good Turn

Carla Kelly's One Good Turn features Benedict Nesbitt, Duke of Knaresborough (Nez), who first appeared in Libby's London Merchant There are also small guest appearances by Jane and Scipio Butterworth from Miss Milton Speaks Her Mind. Nez stops his coach one rainy day to pick up a woman and a youn ...

A-
One Good Turn

I am convinced that Carla Kelly doesn’t have it in her to write a bad book, or even a mediocre one, and her latest effort only confirms that impression for me. One Good Turn marks her return after several years’ absence from publishing, and it carries all her trademarks: complex and sympathetic ...

A
Magic Flutes

Eva Ibbotson is not a prolific writer, but to to her fans, her books are all cherished treasures and they love each and every one of them. Magic Flutes is Ibbotson's second novel, and showcases all of what her fans love about her writing. Guy Farne was found by mere chance wrapped in sacking ...

A
The First Time

While reading this book, I began to bawl like a baby after being shouted at by my daughter regarding a pair of socks. As if that weren't enough, by the time I finished The First Time, I was crying so loudly I scared the cat. Joy Fielding, whose earlier works are thrillers, has, in The First Time, ...

B+
Dove's Way

I don't like tearjerkers. I don't enjoy crying on my lunch break and having to return to work with raccoon eyes. However, I may just have to change my anti-angst stance because this is the second angsty novel in recent months that has worked for me despite my aversion to them. Twenty-five-yea ...

B+
Whispers from Yesterday

"So many regrets, Lord. So many regrets." These words of Sophia Taylor echo through the pages of Whispers from Yesterday, an intricate tale of pain and despair rooted in the past - and the love, faith, and hope that heal the present and change the future. Robin Lee Hatcher boldly, but with great lov ...

B
Joe's Wife

Get out the handkerchiefs ladies, this is a good one! Joe's Wife is a three hanky read in the best sense. It's a marriage of convenience story between a widow from a good family and a man who is the son of the town whore. When Tye Hatcher came home from the Civil War, no one would hire him. No ma ...

A
Texas Destiny

Texas Destiny is a Beauty and the Beast story, a road romance, and quite possible the most tear-inducing book I have ever read in my life. I've often thought if I could get a copy into the hands of all the fans of romance novels and then buy stock in the companies that make hankies, I would be a ric ...