Posts Tagged: historical

Mar 06
Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

Book Review: Deanna Raybourn’s A Curious Beginning

I always enjoy Deanna Raybourn’s books. I’m a huge fan of her Lady Julia Grey series and when I found out she had a new Victorian series that was about a female investigator, I knew I had to read it. We have good character development in A Curious Beginning. Veronica Speedwell is a butterfly hunter and she’s interested in science. She’s also independent despite the fact she grew up sheltered. She’s also not afraid to speak her mind. I liked Veronica, but admit to loving Stoker better! He’s a natural scientist who is a reclusive and despite not having much money of his own, likes to help others out. I loved his grouchiness! He’s a bit mysterious, but unlike past Raybourn heroes, he’s definitely easier to read. We have a… Read more »

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Feb 27
Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Book Review: Meredith Duran’s Sweetest Regret

Meredith Duran is a new author to me and I’m glad I gave her a try! I’m a big fan of second chance romances and Sweetest Regret really sounded interesting. It’s a novella and was originally published in the anthology, What Happens Under the Mistletoe, in 2015. Characterization is good. Georgina Trent is the daughter of a diplomat and runs her father’s household. She’s not beautiful by society’s standards and she’s also a bit shy. I’d also say Georgina is loyal once you’ve earned it, but her insecurity can get in the way. Then we have Lucas Goodwin, a society darling! Of course he’s good looking and attracts the ladies, but there’s only one he has eyes for. We have a few secondary characters that play a role, but this… Read more »

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Nov 07
McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

McNaught-E November Excerpt: Whitney My Love

I’m really excited to be part of McNaught-E November! It’s a month long celebration: fourteen of Judith McNaught’s books have been published for the first time in E-Book format! Each E-Book will contain original, new content (a letter) from Judith McNaught. I’m sharing an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Whitney My Love. It’s one of the first McNaught novels I read and one of my favorites! If you’re a fan of historical romance, I recommend reading this one if you haven’t already. Synopsis: “Whitney, My Love” stands as Judith McNaught’s timeless bestseller — a novel so rich with laughter, tears, and the power of dreams that millions of readers have returned to it again and again to savor its beauty and majesty. Under the dark, languorous eyes of Clayton Westmoreland,… Read more »

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Jul 05
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells + Giveaway

The Essex Sisters series is one of my favorite books by Eloisa James. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for the newest novella in the series, A Gentleman Never Tells, I couldn’t pass up the chance! If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to enjoy A Gentleman. We have good character development. Lizzie Troutt is a young widow who is kind and only wants to live her life on her own terms. She has no desire to remarry and keeps to herself. And we have Oliver Berwick, a country gentleman who deeply regrets his involvement in circulating nicknames given to a few women. Now charged with the care of his teenage niece, Hattie, Oliver is quick to see the… Read more »

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Jul 01
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Fairest of Them All

I’ve always enjoyed Cathy Maxwell’s books and sadly, I haven’t kept up with her. When given the opportunity to read The Fairest of Them All, I couldn’t pass up the chance to get reacquainted with her work! Fairest is the second in her Marrying the Duke series and if you haven’t the read the first, The Match of the Century, it’s not necessary to enjoy Fairest. We have really good character development. Lady Charlene Blanchard had a difficult childhood and I can’t imagine growing up the way she did. She’s feisty and courageous. Charlene is also very loyal to her friends and will do anything to make sure they have everything they need. And then we have Jack Whitridge, the long lost and presumed dead twin brother of the Duke… Read more »

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Jan 07
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken + Giveaway

After reading my first Sarah MacLean novel, No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, in November 2013, I vowed I’d read more of her novels and I’m sad to report I haven’t. I participated in the cover reveal for The Rogue Not Taken and when I read the synopsis, I knew this was a book I had to read! I’m so glad I got the opportunity to participate in the blog tour because I really enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a brand new series so you have plenty of time to read it before the next book comes out. We have great character development. Lady Sophie Talbot is the youngest of four sisters and they’ve been dubbed the “Soiled S’s.” Sophie didn’t grow up as an aristocratic-that came later in… Read more »

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Jan 04
Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Loretta Chase’s Dukes Prefer Blondes + Giveaway

I’ve always liked Loretta Chase’s books and I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read a book of hers since the publication of Mr. Impossible (that was in 2005!). When the opportunity came to review her newest, Dukes Prefer Blondes, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Dukes Prefer Blondes is the fourth and final book in The Dressmakers series. If you haven’t read the previous books, it’s not necessary to enjoy Dukes. I haven’t read the books and if there were any spoilers, I didn’t find any nor did Chase focus on past incidents involving the other books. We have really good character development. Lady Clara Fairfax is one of London’s most sought after beauties and judging from the number of marriage proposals she receives every few weeks, she’s not… Read more »

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Nov 17
Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken Blitz + Giveaway

Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken Blitz + Giveaway

I’m really excited about Sarah MacLean’s upcoming release, The Rouge Not Taken. MacLean is sharing annotations of a map, specially made for her series. Plus anyone who orders a signed, print copy of the book from WORD Bookstores will get a gorgeous printed copy of the map! I also have an excerpt. Title: The Rouge Not Taken Author: Sarah MacLean Release Date: December 29, 2015 Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1 Publisher: Avon Genre: Historical Romance Synopsis: Lady Sophie’s Society Splash When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately,… Read more »

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Oct 26
Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

I’m really excited about the relaunch of Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides series! I read the first two books a few years ago and really enjoyed them! The new covers are part of the Avon “Encore” program – they take the “gems and jewels” of their collection, and give them new cover art, and launch them back into the marketplace. * * * Rules of Surrender on sale October 27, 2015 The Rules of Employment for The Distinguished Academy of Governesses: Always remember your station. Be sure to maintain a disciplined schoolroom. And never, ever become too familiar with the master of the house… Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is known as England’s most proper governess, a woman who has never taken a misstep socially–or romantically. On the surface, she seems perfectly suited… Read more »

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Sep 04
Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

I have a confession…I’ve never read a Tessa Dare book until a few months ago. I was gifted a copy of Romancing the Duke and read it one sitting! I really enjoyed it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot, I couldn’t say no! When a Scot Ties the Knot is the third in her Castles Ever After series and if you haven’t read the first two, it’s not necessary to enjoy When a Scot Ties the Knot. We have really good character development. Madeline Gracechurch is desperate to avoid a London Season and does the unthinkable: she invents a suitor and quickly announces their engagement. Maddie is so likeable and you can easily imagine being friends with… Read more »

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Jul 28
Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Last year I read and adored Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin. When I was offered the opportunity to review her second novel, Enchantress of Paris, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I didn’t pass up the chance because Jefferson’s newest is wonderfully written and a must read for any fan of historical fiction! We have good character development. When we first meet Marie Mancini, she’s a teenager on the cusp of womanhood. Her father was an Italian aristocrat who was also a well known astrologer. Marie is naive, but it’s her naiveté that makes her a breath of fresh air! You can feel her frustration at the way things are and will cheer her on as she blossoms. We have a wide array of historical figures who… Read more »

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Apr 17
Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch + Giveaway

I got the opportunity to review Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch last year and I really enjoyed her writing. When the chance came to review The Silver Witch, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Brackston’s easily become one of my favorite new authors. And before I talk about the book, let’s take a moment to admire the cover! It’s beautiful and trust me, in person the colors are just lovely! This is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your collection based on the cover alone. We have great characterization! Tilda Fordwells is a widow who lives in Wales and decides to live in the house her and husband had planned on living in. Immediately she begins to have odd experiences. She can’t explain them but at the same… Read more »

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