Victorian

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Lady Armstrong's Scandalous Awakening

For this second book in her Victorian Era Revelations of the Carstairs Sisters series, Marguerite Kaye returns briefly to her Armstrong family, albeit a generation on, and shows the apple didn’t fall far from the tree in the person of the deceased but obnoxious-from-beyond-the-grave Lord Harry Arm ...

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A Perfect Equation

This is the second volume in Elizabeth Everett’s The Secret Scientists of London series, about a group of ladies who form a scientific club, and manage to find true love during their adventures.  This one is a bit weaker than what came before it (A Lady's Formula for Love), but is still a welcome ...

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The Siren of Sussex

Mimi Matthews tops herself with the first novel in what appears to be a fresh and brilliant new series with The Siren of Sussex, the tale of an independent horsewoman and the tailor who vows to make her the most talked about equestrienne in all of England – both of whom suddenly discover love in t ...

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Improper Series Bundle

Juliana Ross’s set of interconnected Victorian erotic stories starts out a bit shaky but gets better with each tale. Improper Relations Grade: B- Hannah witnesses her late husband’s cousin Leo in an encounter with a maid and falls into sexual education with him. There are a lot of tropes ...

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The Brightest Star in Paris

The Brightest Star in Paris is the follow up to Diana Biller’s 2019 début, The Widow of Rose House.  I haven’t got around to reading that one, but I gather that the books are linked by virtue of the fact that the hero of Brightest Star – Doctor Benedict Moore – is the brother of Sam from R ...

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The Price of Innocence

A Retro Review originally published on April 17, 1999 Susan Sizemore's book, The Price of Innocence, takes place in late Victorian London. Sherrie Hamilton is an American - a widow with an eight-year-old daughter, Minnie. She has come to London with her cousins, Faith and Daisy and her aunt Dora t ...

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Her Heart For a Compass

The second daughter of the Queens’ close friend, the Scottish Duke of Buccleuch, Lady Margaret Montagu Scott is expected to make an advantageous marriage. But Margaret is an impulsive and outspoken girl in a repressive society where women are, quite literally, caged in corsets and required to conf ...

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The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels

When I opened The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels for the first time and read the Table of Contents, I thought to myself ‘this is either going to be awesome or a hot mess.’ Fellow readers, it was awesome! This book is packed with hilarity, romance, and adventure topped with flying houses, ...

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Catch a Falling Duke

Catch a Falling Duke is an historical romance about a duke who finds out his family fortune has horrifying origins and a farmer struggling with her legacy, who meet at a crossroads of their lives. When the two share a night of passion, both feel a connection, but neither has a place in the other’s ...

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Wagering on the Wallflower

Wagering on the Wallflower is the first book in Eva Shepherd’s Young Victorian Ladies series. In it, Hazel Springfield, a highly intelligent but incredibly awkward young woman, is asked to dance by Mr. Lucas Darkwood, one of the wealthiest men in England and known among the ton as a womanizer. ...