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Ghosts in the Manor House: “Lost Among the Living”

25329513Lost Among the Living by Simone St. James
NAL: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Free From Publisher

I’d go there again!
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I’ve been a long-time fan of Simone St. James and I longingly await each new book. I will admit that I struggled a bit with the first half of the book, but there is a turning point in Lost Among the Living and when I reached that there was no way I was putting the book down. If you read it, you will no exactly which event I am referring to.

Jo Manders is a young widow still mourning the loss of her husband, Alex, three years after his disappearance during the war. Due to the fact that Alex’s body was never recovered, Jo has been living in a state of limbo and strained finances, as she cannot receive her widow’s portion without petitioning the court. Instead of pursuing the legal channels, Jo accepts Alex’s aunt’s offer to become her companion. After traveling on the continent with Dottie it’s time to return home. Dottie’s son is returning from his stay at a hospital and Dottie wants to be home to greet him; Jo must also go as she has no other place to call home. (more…)

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“A Talent for Trickery” – and a good romance.

25266042A Talent for Trickery by Alissa Johnson
Sourcebooks Casablanca: November 3, 2015
Genre: Historical Romance
Review Source: free from publisher.

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A Talent for Trickery found itself on my reading radar because it features a heroine with a checkered, criminal past and a hero that’s an investigator. I was pretty confident that this was going to be a great combination. I was not disappointed.

Owen Renderwell first encountered Charlotte Walker years ago when he worked with her criminally inclined father. However, they did not part on good terms. Charlotte has always believed that Owen took the credit that was due to her father, leaving her father to die in disgrace and necessitating the need for her and her siblings to disguise their origins. Years later, Owen has come knocking on Lottie’s door to ask for her help. Needless to say, Lottie isn’t exactly jumping at the chance to help Owen, and it certainly doesn’t help that Owen has not a clue as to why Lottie is angry with him. Sparks will fly! (more…)

The Complicated “Highwayman”

23723798The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
St. Martin’s: September 1, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

Beach Vacation?
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The Highwayman is a historical romance that has been getting rave reviews. It features a bluestocking working for the Scotland Yard and a hardened criminal who kidnaps her to make good on an old debt. Then, readers become aware that the relationship between Farah and Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben More, is much longer in standing than is originally thought to be.

When she was eight, Farah was orphaned and met fellow orphan Dougan. From their first meeting, the pair was inseparable, even “marrying” each other as children. Unfortunately, fate stepped in, cruelly wrenching these two apart. Now, seventeen years later, Farah poses as Dougan’s widow, blaming herself for his death, and is on the verge of pursuing a relationship with a new man. At least, until Dorian Blackwell kidnaps her to protect Farah from an unknown foe. (more…)

The Great Estate

24296607The Great Estate by Sherri Browning
Sourcebooks Casablanca: August 4, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

Beach Vacation
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The Great Estate is a nice Edwardian-era historical romance and will attract romance readers who enjoy the “reunited” trope. Here, Gabriel and his countess, Sophia, have been separated for a year. After losing their baby son the two became somewhat estranged and when Gabriel caught Sophia kissing another man, it seemed that their marriage was over. Now, a year later Gabriel and Sophia have decided to give it another go having gained a little maturity in their time apart.

Unbeknownst to Sophia, her transgression (as innocent as it was) acted as a kick in the pants for Gabriel, who realizes that perhaps he shouldn’t have given his wife so much space after their son died. Naturally, Gabriel thinks haring off to Italy to develop some romantic skills is the answer to all his problems. Sophia, in turn, realizes that she really shouldn’t have listened to all the advice her mother gave her; she doesn’t need to always act in a certain way. But this raises the question, does Gabriel love the real Sophia or the woman that she has always pretended to be? (more…)

New Series from a Favourite: “A Good Rake is Hard to Find”

22293526A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins
St. Martin’s Press: March 31, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

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A Good Rake is Hard to Find kicks off a new series from one of my favourite historical romance authors, Manda Collins. This new series is obviously inspired by Sons of Anarchy, since it revolves around a notorious curricle racing club, Lords of Anarchy. Perhaps you might think this is a ridiculous set up, and I would agree, but only if you mean ridiculously awesome!

When Miss Lenora Craven’s brother, Jonathan, dies in an “accident” while racing with the club, Lenora refuses to believe that her brother didn’t have help in arriving to his fatal accident. If Lenora wants to infiltrate the club and discover the truth she’s going to need help, unfortunately the man that she trusts to help her, Lord Frederick Lisle, is none other than her former fiancé, who was none too pleased when she broke things off. (more…)

Historical Romance win in “If the Viscount Falls”

22448986If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries (The Duke’s Men #4)
Pocket Books: January 27, 2015 (Historical Romance)*

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If the Viscount Falls is the final installment of Jeffries’ The Duke’s Men quartet, and it happens to be the story that I was most looking forward to. Readers have been getting hints in each book about the history between Dom Manton and Jane Vernon, and we finally get to learn what that history is here.

Dom and Jane were once engaged to be married; however, when Dom’s brother cut him off, Dom conspired to force Jane to jilt him so that he wouldn’t drag her down into poverty. Kissing another woman will do that. This betrayal cut Jane deeply and neither party has forgotten the past. When Jane’s cousin, Dom’s brother’s widow, goes missing Jane turns to the one man that can help her find Nancy, even if it means risking her heart all over again. (more…)

“Night Storm”: Romantic Mystery Series

23137334Night Storm by Tracey Devlyn (Bones & Gemstones #1)
September 22, 2014, TDC Creations, Inc. (Historical Romance; Historical Mystery)*

My rating: I’d go there again! (4/5)

Night Storm is Tracey Devlyn’s latest historical romance, and it’s perfect for fans of historical mysteries. I first read the author with A Lady’s Secret Weapon, which I loved. I was quite delighted to receive an advance copy of Night Storm, especially when I learned that it featured two characters that had a “moment” in A Lady’s Secret Weapon; it was clear that they had History, and in Night Storm readers are treated to what that History is.

Charlotte Fielding is an apothecary, one of the only females working at the profession, and she has returned home to London from her apprenticeship in Scotland to take over her father’s shop. Unfortunately, she soon finds herself involved in a murder investigation when she stumbles upon the body of Lady Winthrop. Complicating matters is the fact that Charlotte’s assistant’s brother, Felix, works at the theatre where the body was discovered. Charlotte will do whatever she can to protect Felix, even keep important information from her former suitor, Cameron Adair.

Cameron has made himself a success as a thief-taker despite his less than illustrious beginnings. When he’s brought in to investigate the murder of Lady Winthrop, Cameron is forced into regular contact with Charlotte, which brings back all his memories of her and the past they shared before Charlotte decided to pursue her studies in Scotland. While the two follow different avenues of investigation they soon have to decide whether or not they trust one another enough to share information – as well as deal with their complicated history. (more…)