Turn of the Century romance

B+
His Secondhand Wife

In the Harlequin Historical line, Cheryl St. John is an auto-buy for me. I have read all of her books and have enjoyed them very much. She is one of the best ever at depicting wounded heroes (and heroines) and His Secondhand Wife shows just how good she can be. Noah Cutter seldom sets foot outsid ...

C
A 5th Avenue Affair

When I first started reading romances, they all featured young heroines with older heroes. My reading tastes have changed over the years, and I don't enjoy young heroines as much anymore. They inevitably seem, well, immature and naïve. Although the heroine of this book isn't terrible, she did se ...

C
A Wedding Story

Writing a trilogy can be a tricky proposition. Some authors seem to start very strongly and then lose steam - and, unfortunately, that seems to be the case with A Wedding Story, the conclusion to Susan Kay Law's Marrying Miss Bright trilogy. While I enjoyed the thoroughly charming The Bad Man's Brid ...

D
A 5th Avenue Christmas

A 5th Avenue Christmas didn't work for me. At all. Though the premise is interesting, the actual execution falls short. Part of the problem is that the book itself is short, but it's also crippled by characters who would be annoying in a book of any length. Meryl Carrington i ...

B-
Tides of Love

If you're tired of the same old westerns and regency-set historicals, you might find a respite in Tracy Sumner's Tides of Love. Set in turn of the century North Carolina, this book has a strong sense of place, and it's a place and time we don't often see. Adding to the originality is the hero's occu ...

A-
Breathless

Fans of small-town stories will love Breathless for its setting, while readers who like a good mystery will enjoy the courtroom scenes. Don’t worry - Breathless also has great characters, including a hero and heroine who often match wits with each other. Lily Morgan can't believe that Daniel Wa ...

D
Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun is a book of squandered possibilities. The Alaskan turn of the century setting isn't made vivid, a mostly interesting cast of characters fails to engage the reader, and a plot-line full of promise falls flat. There's an enervating lack of excitement in this romance between an idealistic ...

B
The Savage Heart

Although I would be hard-pressed to say this is one of the best romance novels ever written, I will say that I enjoyed it enough to lose sleep over it. I started reading it at ten o’clock at night and didn’t quit until I finished it in the wee hours of the morning. The best thing about this b ...