Turn of the Century romance

B+
A Delicate Affair

The first in a series of books exploring the Black experience throughout the decades, A Delicate Affair starts things off right, with a sweet story set in a historically accurate Washington, DC of 1902. At its heart, it’s another good girl/bad boy story, but it has more than one interesting twist ...

C
Gladden the Heart

Gladden the Heart is the fifth novel in Olivia Newport’s Amish Turns of Time series. This loosely connected set of books examines key moments in the history of the American Amish church from the 1895 split over the teaching of Sunday school (Meek and Mild) to the issues surrounding the great depre ...

B+
With Every Breath

Some books keep you reading late into the night, long after you should have been asleep. This is one of them. Not only was I breathless with anticipation regarding the romance between Trevor and Kate but I was deeply immersed in the history of tuberculosis and its treatment. Kate Livin ...

C+
Marci's Desire

Adventure in the National Parks! Romance! Exploration of changing roles for women! Lots of nature photography! Marci's Desire certainly sounded like a historical with a lot going for it and I went into the book thinking it would be a lot of fun to read. Sadly, for a book with so much going on , it e ...

C+
The Borrowed Bride

The Borrowed Bride by Elizabeth Lane is a romance set in rural Colorado in 1899. While I liked the setting, and was not put off by the love triangle of a woman who has to choose between two brothers (a no-no for a number of readers), ultimately the romance failed to convince me. Quint ...

B
On the Wings of Love

I've long thought that the 20th century would make the perfect backdrop for a historical romance. While the latter half of the century is still a little too close to living memory, the earlier part of the century is filled with all manner of events and fascinating characters waiting to be discovere ...

B-
Heart's Delight

I admire any author these days who writes an American Historical. They are few and far between. Needless to say I tucked right into Heart’s Delight with much enthusiasm and wasn’t too disappointed. My only regret is that I could have had something very special in my hands if not for the lack of ...

C+
Her Outlaw

Before starting I should come clean and say that I have an enormous affection for Geralyn Dawson’s books. The Bad Luck Wedding Cake was one of the first romance novels I read and I've enjoyed checking up on the McBride family featured in so many of her books ever since. That being said, while I ...

C+
The Book of True Desires

The early sections of The Book of True Desires set up a premise so tantalizing I actually experienced a giddy rush of anticipation. But while Betina Krahn takes readers on an interesting journey in this romantic adventure, I ultimately couldn't help thinking that some better company would have impro ...

A-
Duchess of Fifth Avenue

Normally a book cover does not influence me, but I thought the cover of Duchess of Fifth Avenue was quite stunning. Would the story inside be as good as the cover? Lana and her best friend Siobhan escape their harsh lives in Ireland and settle in New York City. Unfortunately, Siobhan ...