Christmas in America: Historical Romance Anthology

Available now: Christmas in American: Historical Romance Anthology

****3.5/5 stars: Liked itChristmas in America

History, romance and some quick reading stories from interesting American eras.

Recommended readers:

  • If you can’t commit to a full novel
  • If you enjoy historical romances set in America

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Quick reads for some holiday downtime, Christmas in America is a collection of short stories set in different eras in American history. I was drawn to this collection by my latest favorite historical romance author Joanna Shupe, and her story was fabulous and quick reading. Two stories are great, one good, and one just OK. So enjoy!

Available now: Christmas in American: Historical Romance Anthology

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Available tomorrow: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

****4/5 stars

With everything you love about historical romance, Duke of Pleasure is action-packed and fun.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like a historical romance, especially with sword-fighting heroines
  • If you’re a fan of a come-back story in your romance
  • If you like Elizabeth Hoyt, Lisa Kleypas, and Mary Balogh

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The whooping 11th book in the Maiden Lane Series, Duke of Pleasure is a fabulous historical fiction with action, romance and a little mystery. A Duke on a mission, Hugh Fitzroy is about to be killed when he’s strategically attacked. But a masked hero appears and helps him fight for his life. Only he discovers that hero is a her. As he continues his mission – on the streets of London and another mission at home with his two sons – the Duke finds an unlikely friend and ally who was raised on the streets.

One of my first Elizabeth Hoyt books, Duke of Pleasure is exactly what I love about historical romance – witty characters, come-back stories and overcoming the odds. And bonus: If you like Duke of Pleasure (which you probably will), you’ve got a slew of other Maiden Series books to pick from. I haven’t read one I didn’t like. Shop all Elizabeth Hoyt Maiden Series on Amazon.

Available tomorrow: Duke of Pleasure by Elizabeth Hoyt

 

The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

Available this month: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

****3.5/5 stars: Liked it

Fun and witty, if you love Regency Romance and a tomboy English lady, The Dare and the Doctor are for you.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Karen Hawkins
  • If you enjoy historical romances especially Regency Period

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Long-time penpals, Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock have been friends since he treated her father. Now he’s excited to help Margaret introduce her rose hybrids to the elite society of botanists in London. Though she’s not a traditional society lady, Margaret goes to London to present her prize plants. A quick-reading and fun historical romance, it had some of my favorite elements: A tomboy lady and set in the Regency Era.

Available now: The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble

Fates and Traitors, A John Wilkes Booth Novel

Available now: Fates and Traitors, A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

****4/5 stars

If you’re a fan of history being humanized – Fates and Traitors is a fascinating retelling of the John Wilkes Booth’s life surrounding one of US history’s most notorious events.

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of history that
  • If you like mystery-thrillers with some romance
  • If you want a quick-reading mystery

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Fates and Traitors is a fictional accounting of the life (and surrounding people’s lives) of John Wilkes Booth, the infamous assassin of Abraham Lincoln. History books portray him as an evil villain and it’s not so black and white; there’s much more to the story especially from the point of view of four influential women surrounding him.  Enjoy Jennifer Chiaverini’s fictional telling, and immerse yourself in the interesting and potentially true stories of a complicated man.  From Booth’s childhood, his famous actor-alcoholic father, his siblings, mother – and the elite Washington DC girlfriend who knew nothing of his politics. Even when you know the ending, you’ll continue to enjoy the journey and challenges of John Wilkes Booth and the people around him and how they suffered following Lincoln’s assassination and Booth’s death, despite their differing politics.

Available now: Fates and Traitors, A Novel of John Wilkes Booth

Goodreads Top Books of the Year 2016

There’s three days left to vote in the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for your favorite books of 2016.  Even Erin and Terra at Books for Her didn’t have a chance to read them all – but we got through a lot of them and here’s our picks.

Best Romance: Because of Miss Bridgerton
Best Debut Goodreads Author: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
Best Middle Grade and Children’s: Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics (Read by one of our 10-year-old children. Review coming soon).
Get in your votes in here or see the results.
One other notable that we read, but didn’t make the finals:
Best Memoir and Autobiography: Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
And finally – we would love to write-in Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave. But don’t worry, we’ll get out our awards for top books of the year soon!

November 29th: Heather Graham’s Ondine

Available November 29th: Heather’ Graham’s Ondine

29429587***3/5 stars

Recommended readers:

  • fans of romance novels

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • 3/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

First published in 1988 under her pen name, Shannon Drake, Ondine is now being re-released as Heather Graham. A play on the mythological tale of a mermaid given life by a man, this Ondine is a real-life 17th century duchess in hiding, saved from the gallows by a passing nobleman who has reasons of his own for taking a bride. This is stock entertaining historical romance novel, with a massive twisty plot, miles of dialogue, and, I must say, a somewhat excessive use of the exclamation point.
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Available November 29th: Ondine

 

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Available November 22nd: Victoria

Available November 22nd: Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

30841109***3/5 stars-liked it

From the creator of the new PBS series of the same name, a novel of Queen Victoria’s ascension to the throne of England.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like historical fiction,
  • If you’re an anglophile,
  • and if you like real figures in your historical fiction, this novel is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Based on Queen Victoria’s own diaries, Daisy Goodwin’s novel follows the young Victoria’s ascension to the throne, and her supposed relationship with her prime minister and private secretary, Lord Melbourne, who really shines as a character. Overall, I much preferred Goodwin’s first two novels, The American Heiress and   The Fortune Hunter in particular, which were as full as historical detail and feeling, but managed to surprise me. As a novel, Victoria is somewhat anticlimactic to a reader who knows the outcome, and likely outdone by the visual beauty of the new television series.

Victoria will be available on Amazon November 22nd

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

Available November 29th: To Capture What We Cannot Keep

****4/5 stars

25901561A fictional portrayal of a man who designed and built the Eiffel Tower

Recommended readers:

  • Lovers of Paris
  • Parisian lovers
  • Francophiles

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Someday, perhaps, I will be able to resist an enigmatically-titled historical fiction novel with a misty picture of the Eiffel Tower on the cover. Alas, today is not that day.  To Capture What We Cannot Keep explores the romantic entanglements of Émile Nouguier, an architect and engineer who built the Eiffel Tower, and the initially disdainful Parisian reaction to the “modern” tower. Though only intended to last through the World’s Fair Exhibition of 1890, Eiffel’s tower became a marvel of modern engineering, a new form of art, and the symbol of France. This is a novel full of beautiful historical detail and discussions of class and modernity, a wonderful way to escape to a Paris on the cusp of great change.

Available November 29th:  To Capture What We Cannot Keep