Tag: historical romance


Review: The Thorn Bearer by Pepper D. Basham

Review: The Thorn Bearer by Pepper D. Basham

Posted January 25, 2016 / 14 Comments

When I originally reviewed The Thorn Bearer, I was a couple weeks into this whole blog thing & I featured it as a Favorites Friday post. At the time, I said, “I’m sure I will still be thinking about The Thorn Bearer months from now…” Now several months later, I not only am still thinking about it as predicted, but I would also still feature it as a favorite because it’s just that beautiful.


Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jody Hedlund **CLOSED**

Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Jody Hedlund **CLOSED**

Posted January 21, 2016 / 54 Comments

I am so excited to chat today with author Jody Hedlund! Her newest book, Undaunted Hope, tells the story of Tessa Taylor, a teacher in for an unwelcome surprise when she arrives at her new job. Set in 1870s Upper Peninsula, Michigan, it’s full of romance and vivid characters and history. With a little sass and suspense thrown in for good measure 😉 Watch for a review here in the next couple of weeks!


Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Review: A Spy’s Devotion by Melanie Dickerson

Posted January 16, 2016 / 2 Comments

If you’ve spent half a second around me or my blog, you know how much I adore Melanie Dickerson’s fairy tale retellings. You also probably know how much I adore Regency fiction, especially those books that make my Jane-Austen-loving heart smile. Combine Melanie Dickerson and Regency fiction?!? Yep. I’m pretty much on cloud 9.


Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review (plus a Giveaway!): The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Posted January 11, 2016 / 2 Comments

While The Suspect’s Daughter can easily be read as a stand-alone novel (I read this fourth book first and had no problems following along), the characters are much better appreciated when seen through the lens of the preceding books in the ROGUE HEARTS series. Donna Hatch graciously gave me copies of those first three books so I could catch up with all of Grant’s brothers. I’m going to do a mini-review for each one in a second, but let me just say about the whole series – WOW! Keep. Your. Fans. (and freezers) Nearby. All 4 books are a KissingBook Level 5


Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Review: The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

Posted January 9, 2016 / 9 Comments

Sarah Ladd delivers another breathtaking story of suspense and romance, with characters who step off the page and into your heart. You will be captivated by Camille’s story – your emotions engaged – as you cheer and swoon and even shed a few tears along the way. Fans of Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Julie Klassen, and Carrie Turansky will find a new favorite in Ladd’s books. The Curiosity Keeper is a marvelous place to start your collection.


Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Review: The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Posted January 3, 2016 / 12 Comments

With each new Julie Klassen book, my favorites list tends to get reshuffled. The Tutor’s Daughter is still firmly at the top of the pile but she has been given some healthy competition of late. Namely, The Secret of Pembrooke Park and Lady, Maybe… and now The Painter’s Daughter.


Review (Plus a Giveaway!): At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

Review (Plus a Giveaway!): At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

Posted December 19, 2015 / 2 Comments

Regina Jennings is one of my go-to authors when I want to read something that will make me swoon and grin all at the same time. At Love’s Bidding, the second book in her Ozark Mountains series, does exactly that. There’s even a dash of suspense to make mystery fans like me all the happier!


Review: Mistletoe Mistake by Lynette Sowell

Review: Mistletoe Mistake by Lynette Sowell

Posted December 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

Welcome to my stop on the Christmas Mail Order Angels blog tour, hosted by Singing Librarian Books. I am reviewing Mistletoe Mistake by Lynette Sowell which, like the other novellas in this collection, is available for only $0.99 right now on Amazon!


Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Review: The Suspect’s Daughter by Donna Hatch

Posted December 10, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Suspect’s Daughter has it all – romance, suspense, great characters, skilled writing, and some quite spectacular kisses. I thoroughly enjoyed each aspect of this novel and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to fans of historical fiction, particularly the Regency era. If you like Julianne Donaldson, Julie Klassen, or Sarah E. Ladd, then you will want to read Donna Hatch’s Rogue series for sure!


Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Review: The 12 Brides of Christmas collection

Posted December 7, 2015 / 7 Comments

Usually when you have this many different authors in one place, there are bound to be a couple of stories that I don’t like. That was not the case in The 12 Brides of Christmas. I have my favorite novellas of the group, certainly, but each story was very well-written with solidly developed & engaging characters and emotionally-satisfying plots. My only wish is that each novella had been its own full-length novel so that I could have more of the delightful characters.


Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Review: The Golden Braid (Fairy Tales #6) by Melanie Dickerson

Posted November 19, 2015 / 8 Comments

The Golden Braid has it all – adventure, romance, dashing knights, damsels who can save their own lives, faith, nostalgia-nods to series fans, even a mention or two of Thornbeck to tie in her other series. Most of all though, it has the warmth and heart with which Melanie Dickerson writes all of her books. C.S. Lewis famously said, “Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” If you haven’t read one since childhood, may I suggest you start again now – and start with Melanie Dickerson’s Fairy Tales/Hagenheim series?



Review: The Bound Heart (Everstone Chronicles #2) by Dawn Crandall

Review: The Bound Heart (Everstone Chronicles #2) by Dawn Crandall

Posted October 29, 2015 / 7 Comments

One accidental kiss from Lawry Hampton. That was all it took to throw Meredyth Summercourt’s world upside-down. Determined to marry the ever-elusive Vance Everstone, she simply doesn’t have the time or the desire to fall for her best friend. But with Vance out of the country, and with Lawry at […]


Review: Dauntless & Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #1 & 2) by Dina L. Sleiman

Review: Dauntless & Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts #1 & 2) by Dina L. Sleiman

Posted October 28, 2015 / 4 Comments

Though once a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village. Dubbed “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest,” her band of followers soon become enemies of the throne when they hijack ill-gotten gold meant for the king. Timothy […]


Review: Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3) by Lynne Gentry

Review: Valley of Decision (The Carthage Chronicles #3) by Lynne Gentry

Posted October 20, 2015 / 4 Comments

Thirteen years ago, Lisbeth made an impossible decision—leave third-century Carthage and her husband Cyprian behind for good. She knew it was to protect her daughter Maggie, so Lisbeth gathered the strength to move on with her life. All these years, Lisbeth has thrown herself into her work and raising her […]


Review: The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2) by Rachelle Rea

Review: The Sound of Silver (Steadfast Love #2) by Rachelle Rea

Posted October 19, 2015 / 4 Comments

The Steadfast Love Series is set in 16th-century Europe, where the Reformation rages between Protestants and Catholics, and chronicles the journey of two wounded hearts on the path toward restoration. Gwyneth, a half-Dutch Catholic, flees from England to Holland to escape the man she believes murdered her parents. When he follows […]




The Day I Met Laura Frantz (or… The Adventures of Pocket Pepper)

The Day I Met Laura Frantz (or… The Adventures of Pocket Pepper)

Posted September 26, 2015 / 31 Comments

Quick bookish confession: Despite my avid reading & reviewing, I have never personally met an author. Until today. One of my “favorite favorite” authors – Laura Frantz – was doing a signing today for her newest release The Mistress of Tall Acre. It was only about 45 minutes from my […]