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B+
The Christmas He Loved Her

A Retro Review originally published on October 11, 2013 My tolerance for treacle tends to be low, so it probably surprises no one when I say that small-town contemporaries tend to be a mixed bag for me. Happily for me, The Christmas He Loved Her ended up being both a wonderful read and something b ...

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My Last Duchess

My Last Duchess is a wonderful, engaging story about finding new love after heartbreak, and taking a risk on happiness instead of contentment. It is a sweet, hopeful book that shows that love comes around more than once. Lady Ophelia Astley is a respectable widow, raising her daughter alone after ...

D+
The Single Mom's Second Chance

The Single Mom’s Second Chance takes on so many topics - grief, cancer, parenting, step-parenting, second-chance romance, brother’s widow - and, quite unfortunately, fails to deliver on any of them. Widowed Roz Martin has been diagnosed with cervical cancer, and the only person she can think ...

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The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

Olivia Waite creates another winner in The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows, the story of an engraver who enters into a late-in-life romance with the town beekeeper. London-based Agatha Griffin is an engraver and printer whose business is her life and whose public depends on her for accurate re ...

B
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

The Secrets of Love Story Bridge greatly improves upon the last Phaedra Patrick novel I tried out.  Perhaps she enjoys a better mastery of the masculine perspective, or maybe this particular set of characters resonated more for her, but a sense of warmth cuts through the treacle, making it a pleasa ...

B+
The Happy Ever After Playlist

Narrated by Zachary Webber and Erin Mallon Abby Jimenez’s The Happy Ever After Playlist, both as a story and audiobook, is full of peaks and valleys. The highest of its peaks is undoubtedly the love story, and that peak rises so high above not only the story’s valleys, but all the neighboring ...

B
Heiress for Hire

Madeline Hunter’s new series, A Duke’s Heiress, opens with Heiress for Hire, a nicely done combination of romance and cosy mystery in which a young widow is left a large sum of money by a man – a duke, no less – she never met.  There’s also a mystery to be solved surrounding the duke’s ...

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Uncovering the Merchant's Secret

Uncovering the Merchant’s Secret is a lot more tough-minded than the last two Hobbes novels I’ve read – and a lot darker.  It’s also very entertaining, with the most fascinating heroine I’ve read about recently, and is set in a period I’ve not often come across in historical romance. Wh ...

B+
State of Lies

In a genre inundated with unreliable and unlikable narrators, it was refreshing to read State of Lies and find myself immediately rooting for the heroine. Set in Washington D.C. and revolving around the highest levels of the American government, this novel serves as a timely reminder of just how pre ...

B
The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics opens with the wedding of Lucy Muchelney’s ex-lover, Priscilla Carmichael. Still struggling to come to terms with the death, six months earlier, of her beloved father - to whom Lucy had been an unacknowledged apprentice - this latest abandonment is too muc ...