Victorian

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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. ...

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The Duke Undone

This book took me by surprise. I thought by the look of the cover that I’d be reading something lighter and more predictable - but as we all know, you can’t judge a book by its cover. The Duke Undone is a captivating story about a deeply flawed hero and the woman who recognizes the ‘hero’ in ...

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An Unexpected Peril

As an avid reader of romance I’d be hard-pressed to pick one hero to spend a lifetime with, but it might well be Revelstoke Templeton-Vane, better known as the hunky, clever, and oh so sensitive and poetic Stoker! You are not among the good that has happened to me. You are the best of all that I ...

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The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

This was the second of Ms. Matthews’ novels that I read, and I enjoyed this one every bit as much as her first, The Lost Letter.  Despite that, however, The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter suffers from much the same problem that plagued the earlier book in that after the author introduces two ...

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The Wedding Night

A Retro Review originally published on April 23, 1999 One of the great things about being a reviewer is that every once in awhile you read a book that makes you think, "My God, what a fantastic book!" I am happy to say that The Wedding Night made me think just that. The year is 1858 and Mairey ...

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A Hero to Hold

We’ve talked before here about books from the past that perhaps we have only just stumbled upon.  Well, here’s one I came across just a week ago.  For the life of me, I can’t remember where I saw A Hero to Hold, but I am so glad I did because it’s one of the best books I have read this yea ...

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Line by Line

Every time I pick up a new book by Jennifer Delamere, I find that her storytelling has gotten better. Her newest book, Line by Line, is no different. The novel is the first in a new series, Love Along the Wires, about three friends in 1880s London trying to succeed in business and in love. After a s ...

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Imagine

It’s 1896, and in San Francisco, successful, hard-working attorney Margaret Huntington Smith has been urged by her father, a judge, to take a well-deserved vacation.  Knowing she won’t go unless given a push (in the best way) he’s brought her a first class ticket for a cruise to “French Oce ...

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Highland Jewel

As a big fan of May McGoldrick’s historical romances, I’m sad to say that Highland Jewel was a bit of a disappointment.  While the first book in the Royal Highlander series, Highland Crown, balanced romance and action perfectly, Highland Jewel loses its way, leaning heavily upon action sequenc ...

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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 ...