Tag Archives: Regency
16 Jul

Lady of the Highway is the third book in The Highway Trilogy Series, starting with Shadow on the Highway and Spirit of the Highway, and is based on the real life story of Lady Katherine Fanshawe (Ferrers) who was known as ‘The Wicked Lady’. Deborah Swift writes historical fiction set in less-well known time periods, and populates her stories with convincing characters, whether they are the main players, or the bit parts. Always enjoyable to read.

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The Last Chance Christmas Ball: An Amuse Bouche!

3 Sep

A charming collection of 8 novellas written by some of your favorite Regency romance authors, all centering around Lady Holly’s 50th Christmas Ball. The skill of the authors is apparent, given that they are working with a shorter story length, and with shared characters. I enjoyed dipping into the different styles, like filling your plate with an assortment of holiday cookies, each with its own flavor. A fun read, and one suited to the holidays, where you might not have enough time to finish a whole book, but can make the time to sit and enjoy one or two at a time. Nibbling away at the treats…

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The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride: Lackluster Regency Novel

21 Aug

I did not enjoy this book primarily because NOTHING happens. Any drama happened before the book starts (the heroine goes off on her own to spend the night in Bruges with her soldier fiancee; he is injured and has to struggle to make his way back) but the only thing that drives the book forward is the internal, misguided debate that each one has over whether they should resume their intimate relationship. She feels like she can’t until her post twin pregnancy body is back in shape, and he doesn’t because…I’m not sure why. A couple of sex scenes and then we’re done. The whole book – not one single plot point, not one real obstacle, just lots of hand-wringing fretting. Ugh. I found myself just quickly flipping thru pages, checking to see if there was any action or, in fact, any real dialogue. Nope. The title is totally mis-leading – she didn’t run away. In fact, I don’t even know how she got back to England from her one night tryst. Maybe the other books in the series have more action and I would read one more – but if it’s like this with no plot and no development and characters I couldn’t care about, then I’m done.
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Magical Creatures and Regency Manners: Sorcerer to the Crown

14 Aug

Lovely combination of a magical culture set within Regency England. From stuffy men’s clubs to Malaysian vampires, racism (the two protagonists are people of color), sexism (upper class women are too delicate to handle magic – not!) and politics, this was a fun mash-up of Regency manners with magic. Much like a steam punk world, magic is simply part of the infrastructure, with Zacharias Wythe, Sorcerer Royal of the Unnatural Philosophers Society charged with keeping England’s magic flowing. Zacharias, a freed slave, finds unexpected help from Prunella Gentleman, a teacher at a school for girls, with boundless ambition to use her magic.
Some reviewers mention struggling initially with the Regency tone & language – versed as I am in that medium 😉 I did not.
The book is titled #1 so one would assume there will be additional titles in the series. I look forward to reading them!
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Celebrate RWA week with Mary Jo Putney’s Not Always a Saint

23 Jul

A fun addition to Mary Jo Putney’s Lost Lords series! Her books are always a guaranteed treat, with interesting characters and plots. In this one, a “saintly” doctor/vicar inherits a title and goes looking for a wife. Jessie, a widow with a dark and mysterious past 😉 is attracted to Daniel but fears that he is too good for her. Naturally, trouble ensues. The book includes appearances from some of the other Lost Lords. Intriguing look into the practice of medicine at the time.
Strongly written characters make this a worthwhile read.

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A Radical Arrangement

23 Jul

As a re-release of a classic Jane Ashford novel, this is a “clean” Regency romance. The best part of the story is the character development of the young, sheltered bride to be, Margaret. Initially, not a likeable character – she has no independent thoughts, she is timid to the point of absurdity. She surprises herself by having the courage to run away rather than get married, and in doing so, she discovers herself. That process was fun to read. Overall, a decent book – not a great one, but a fun quick read by a good writer.

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Great new series!

30 Jun

The Problem with Seduction, the second in a series by Emma Locke, was a gem. When you read a bunch of books in a specific genre, it takes a lot for something to stand out. And Emma has it – interesting characters that we haven’t seen before, believable and human circumstances -truly a fun and satisfying read!  So yummy that while I got a chance to read this 2nd book in the series for free, I paid to get the first book, The Trouble With Being Wicked, and will happily gobble up all the next 4 in the series. Yay!