Kristie J’s review of Beauty and the Mustache (Knitting in the City, Book 4) by Penny Reid
Contemporary Romance published by Cape Publishing 28 Aug 14
By as much as I enjoyed Beard Science, that’s how much I did NOT enjoy Beauty and the Mustache. I was so taken with the first three books in the Winston Brothers series, and since Ash, their sister, and Drew, her fella, and Jethro’s boss play such a large part, I wanted to go back to the beginning where we first meet this family. Big mistake
I’ve been enjoying this reissued trilogy very much and was looking forward to seeing how the series would conclude, whether we would get to revisit any of the characters from previous instalments. This book takes place somewhat later than the others, in 1859 – so the Victorian rather than the Regency era – but we do see Fanny from the middle book once again. Now widowed for a second time, Fanny is able to offer help and advice to this book’s heroine on her return to England, but the beginning of this book finds us once more overseas, this time initially in Belgium.
This is a heart-wrenching story of a mother’s hope and a father’s guilt that breaks up their marriage after their baby daughter is abducted from a local park. When police find a four-year-old dark-haired child in the same spot, it brings Alec and Regan back together, even as DNA results prove her to be someone else’s missing child. Get ready for an adrenaline-pumping and emotional race against time as Regan and Alec come together to uncover the truth behind their daughter’s disappearance.
I suspect the history of the Magdalen Laundries is better known on this side of the Atlantic than in the US; although similar institutions (sometimes using the same nomenclature) did exist over there, the majority were located in Ireland, and that is where this story is set. Originally established with the aim of reforming prostitutes, by the mid-twentieth century the laundries had become a dumping ground for unmarried mothers-to-be, unruly teenagers, and other young women who attempted to defy society’s conventions or their families’ rules on behaviour. Three such girls are Teagan, Nora, and Lea.
Ms. Frank’s so-very-different and quirky take on familiar paranormal species keeps me coming back every time I hear she has a new release. This time it’s energy sucking vampires who walk in the sun and their arch enemies, the sycophants, who set the stage for what will make an interesting series. read more…
Shannon C’s review of The Trouble With Dukes: The Windham Brides, Book 1) by Grace Burrowes
Historical Romance published by Forever 20 Dec 16
Grace Burrowes is one of my favorite romance authors working today. It’s hard for me to be objective about her books. I go to them when I want to visit a warm, comfortable place I’ve been before, and then I invariably read three or four of her books. This first volume in her Windham Brides series brings nothing new to the table, but I wasn’t expecting it to, and I was charmed as I read it anyway.
Now that Jack is settled with a new wife and a teenage foster child, Tino is the next of Jack’s boys who comes home from the military struggling to adapt to civilian life. In this series the author sheds light into the challenges our vets face assimilating back into their families as they come home from the war, changed on the inside as well as on the outside sometimes. For Tino, a volunteer gig brings him into contact with Natalie Kennigan, who lights a spark in his heart. It’s heartwarming how his family comes together to support him as he struggles to be worthy of Natalie and figure out who he is as a civilian. read more…
I’m starting to see this book on a number of Best of 2016 lists and what I have to say is, “What she said!”
I know, I know. This is a review for a holiday novella. The time to have written this up would have been last month, when it was still relevant. What can I say? I’m behind on many things. But I promise you, Annabeth Albert writes the kind of books that are like wrapping up in a comfy fleece blanket, no matter what time of year, so you should read it anyway.
Stevie‘s review of The Worthington Wife (1920s England Series, Book 2) by Sharon Page
Historical Romance published by HQN Books 27 Dec 16
Sharon Page’s previous book set in 1920’s England has been on the fringes of my radar for quite some time, although I’ve never actually got round to picking up a copy. Somehow, I missed that this is a sequel to that one, although it does stand alone reasonably well as a story in its own right. After reading a number of books in which an American woman provides the resources to save the estate of an aristocratic British family, I was intrigued to see how a novel might tackle the contrasting situation of an American heir dealing with the unexpected acquisition of a British title and estate – presumably with associated debts and death duties.