Victorian

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The India Fan

Although I read a lot of Victoria Holt’s novels in my twenties, The India Fan is one that somehow passed me by, so I was delighted to see that it’s being reissued – and with a lovely new cover. For anyone not familiar with the author, Holt is one of several pseudonyms used by the very proli ...

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The Wild Princess

This debut novel about Queen Victoria's rebellious daughter Louise had the potential to be a riveting read. After all, The Wild Princess features a heroine recognized as a strong, unconventional lady in her own day, the tantalizing hint of a story to explain some of the more mysterious aspects of th ...

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Beguiling the Beauty

Whether described by Sappho — “she that far surpassed all mortals in beauty” — or Marlowe — “the face that launch'd a thousand ships” — there’s not a woman in literature more lovely than the famed Helen of Troy. In Ms. Thomas’s latest historical romance, Beguiling the Beauty, the ...

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Firelight

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Debut author Kristen Callihan creates a moody, gothic vision of Victorian England for her characters and there is a lot about this book that I liked. However, the curious lack of intensity to the romance for much of the book combined with some rather odd pacing also provided less likable moments. In ...

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All About Seduction

If you like a well written historical with a good beta hero and a couple kept apart by morals, angst, and treachery, you'll love All About Seduction. I don't like those plot devices, so while I acknowledge a well written book, I found reading it tiresome in the extreme. Sold into marriage at age ...

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Flawless

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The diamond trade. A business seemingly corrupt from day one. Murder. Oppression. Bigotry. How can something so beautiful be born of things so ugly? Ms. Lofty takes us right into the heart of that question, straight to South Africa for a look at an enterprise that is far from a gentleman's trade. ...

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My Unfair Lady

Sometimes, as a reader, I must admit defeat: An author just isn’t for me. I don’t consider her characters appealing or her jokes funny, and what I ought to do, is just stop reading her books. Unfortunately, when I am reviewing a book, I can’t just DNF and leave it at that, however much I would ...

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The Tea Rose

I picked up The Tea Rose on a whim a couple of years ago. I’d never heard of the author, but the cover was beautiful and the summary sounded promising. After several days of smiling, laughing, and crying my way through the book, I was so glad for that whim, because the story immediately became a f ...

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A Christmas Wedding Wager

Michelle Styles is best-known for romances set in Ancient Rome, and I know that some of her readers were disappointed that her latest romance is set in Victorian England. I had never read anything by her and was happy to pick up A Christmas Wedding Wager. I enjoyed many facets of the book, but one i ...

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Tempted Tigress

If you’re looking for something different in historical romance, Jade Lee’s Tempted Tigress is certainly that. Set during the Boxer movement at the very end of the Qing Dynasty, the story features the romance between a white drug runner and the Emperor’s Enforcer. It is a gritty story that doe ...