Victorian

B+
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 ...

B
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 ...

A
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, ...

C
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 ...

A-
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. ...

A
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 ...

A
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 ...

B
Hero Wanted

Hero Wanted is an unlikely but entertaining story that is equal parts adventure and love story. It’s one of those books where you have to just settle in for the ride, checking your reality meter at the gate. The Alcot and Townsend families are both owners of shipping companies in need of cash. ...

B-
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 ...

D+
The Viscount and the Vicar's Daughter

Mimi Matthews’ The Viscount and the Vicar’s Daughter begins with Tristan Sinclair, Viscount St. Ashton, hoping to blot out the bleakness of his life at a house party. Then he hears a woman crying in the garden, and he finds Miss Valentine March, a downtrodden companion. She’s in tears because ...