Suppose George Washington wrote a controversial secret surrender letter in the low point of the American Revolution, with implications for a modern-day presidential election. Suppose you’re a well-meaning history type with a team of afficiandos up against a team of politicos who will stop at nothing to make sure it never comes to light, and you’ve got Imposters of Patriotism: A nice light romp through alternative history. If you like National Treasure and Dan Brown, this one is for you.
Faith McCallum has been a caregiver her whole life – professionally and for her mother and now two daughters. Always fighting to get ahead financially, Faith is desperate to keep from moving her two daughter yet again to a new school, when she happens upon a new job. Mason Bellamy has distanced himself from his family for years, until his father’s tragic death and his mother’s paralysis. I love an author who can write in various genres – and the Susan Wiggs, historical romance author, has the same touch in her contemporary writing. As with all Susan Wiggs books, Starlight on Willow Lake is a romance with depth and family drama.
Lady Murian (not Marion as in Robin Hood) is leading her band of unemployed, displaced workers to try to get back their castle, when Prince Max Romanovin comes to visit the evil interloper. Murian’s band steals from Max’s group, and he immediately sets out to discover them. A fun, somewhat light-hearted romance, there’s something so sweet and so endearing in The Prince and I that you’ll definitely enjoy reading it. A definite feel-good read with the kind of devoted love we all want!
Daniel Herbert is a medical doctor who’s dedicating his life to helping others, when a series of events leads to him inheriting a title and estate. And Jessie Kelham has just been widowed and must find a husband to save her daughter’s inheritance and to keep her past from catching up with her. Despite a physical attraction, Jessie wants to avoid Daniel but can’t get away. In true Mary Jo Putney style, Not Always a Saint has more action and adventure than your typical historical romance and just the right amount of passion and love.
Paloma Batton is a dedicated ballet dancer, training to follow in her mother’s footsteps at the Paris Opera Ballet. When a pair of golden earrings are mysteriously delivered to her, she begins to uncover the past of her family, who fled Barcelona after the Civil War, and explores her fascination with La Rusa, a popular and political flamenco dancer during the war. A tangled and complicated saga, Golden Earrings cleverly weaves a passionate, volatile and tragic story through various first person narratives and different generations of women leading up to Paloma’s current day perspective. Golden Earrings is captivating – from the political charged pre-war time, to the dangerous Civil War, to the rebuilding and scarred era that follows.
The unlikely- named Honeysuckle Jones has a failing retirement home thrift shop and all of its soon-to-be- homeless inhabitants on her hands, and something missing in her life only a piano player can rectify (or so her well-meaning friends believe). Enter one moody reclusive neighbor with a past, and everything hits the fan, as it were. Giggles and loads of chemistry abound in this fun contemporary novel– well worth the .99 kindle price on Amazon. Beware of sex toy education!
Many years into a confusing marriage, Sophia Thorne mades a terrible mistake, which sends he husband traveling. And she realizes that her marriage was based around one thing: Her husband’s Thornbrook Park home and grounds. Not your typical historical romance, The Great Estate has a distinct turn of the century feel as Sophia fights for a marriage in a time where property mattered more. If you’re looking for a break from your typical love-at-first-sight young love, Sherri Browning delivers exactly that (not to mention a PG rated feel).
Supremely independent Angelina Rule is not excited about marriage in any way – and neither is Harrison Thornwick. In fact, Angelina has a special man who she’s been waiting years for and continues to fight for. In typical Amelia-Gray fashion, The Earl Claims a Bride is a fun, passionate and also serious romance – with a good plot and independent characters. With some interesting surprises, Angelina’s struggles, heartbreaks and failures carry the book from the first page to the last.
Since corresponding via email with the author (and loving her excitement for her novels and her e-personality in general), I was super excited to ‘discover’ her (at least before she became a best-selling author). Both Deception of a Highlander and Possession of a Highlander exceeded my expectations – and I’ve read hundreds of historical romances. With a unique plot, plus some of the best elements expected in a historical romance: Passion, pride, independence. Definitely give Madeline Martin a try – and keep on the lookout because she’s on the verge of a 5-star read.
Uber-organized and type A, Avery Crosslin’s wedding planning business is about to take off thanks to her hard work. And she meets wealthy bachelor and socialite Joe Travis at exactly the wrong time. As a super-fan of Lisa Kleypas’ historical romances for years, I HAD to read at least one of her contemporary romance novels. The result: The best experience possible (and rating) with her clever characters, tough decisions, and heartbreaking moments. I gave this the highest rating that I allow myself to give in a contemporary romance. So it’s an easy 4 or 5-star read for someone who typically loves contemporary romance.