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The Poison Thread

Please note that this review was originally published in October 2018 upon the UK publication of this novel.  The book's original title is The Corset. Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awar ...

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The Corset

Laura Purcell first came to my attention as the author of a couple of very fine pieces of historical fiction, and earlier this year, I awarded her fabulous, spooky supernatural/gothic mystery The Silent Companions DIK status and gushed about it to everyone who crossed my path!  I’ve been waiting ...

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The Matrimonial Advertisement

Author Mimi Matthews has been on my radar ever since the release of her début novel, The Lost Letter in 2017, but this is the first time I’ve read one of her books.  The Matrimonial Advertisement is the first in her Parish Orphans of Devon series, and as the title suggests, the story is a variat ...

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Not Quite a Husband (#14 on our Top 100 Romances list)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on June 12, 2009 If you want to read Sherry Thomas's third novel, Not Quite a Husband, choose a moment when you have some time to yourself, because this is a book not so much to devour, but to savor at leisure, like a glass of excellent wine. A short ...

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The Duke of Shadows

I read The Duke of Shadows for the first time some years ago – before I started reviewing – and I remember being blown away by the quality of the writing, the richness of the setting and the passion and intensity of the romance.  I don’t get much time for re-reading these days, but I decided ...

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As You Desire (#54 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 11, 1998 When Harry Met Dizzy. Only better. My first Connie Brockway, and thank goodness, I have her others in my stockpile. This is a terrific book! Lovely Desdemona Carlisle is a young Englishwoman living with her grandfather in Victorian E ...

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The Duke of Shadows (#68 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 23, 2008 As those who love historical romance know all too well, the landscape these days is littered with wallpaper. The Duke of Shadows, written by the winner of the Gather.com romance first chapter contest, aspires to be – is being promoted ...

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My Dearest Enemy (#77 on AAR's Top 100 Romances)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March 4, 2003 Connie Brockway is a goddess. Talk about your buried treasures; while many people are familiar with her more recent historicals - The Bridal Season and Bridal Favors - her unique skill and imagination most shine through for me in some of ...

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My Dearest Enemy

Connie Brockway’s My Dearest Enemy combines two of my favourite things - an enemies-to-lovers romance and a story in which letters play an important part (I do love an epistolary novel!).  It’s a gloriously romantic, character-driven story set at the end of the 19th century, in which our hero ...

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Discovery of Desire

Susanne Lord impressed me last year with her début novel, In Search of Scandal, in which she crafted a strongly characterised, well-developed and angsty romance between a couple who were just a bit out of the ordinary.  I have therefore been eagerly awaiting her follow-up novel, in which one of th ...