Chick Lit

Mogul by Joanna Shupe

Available Jan. 31: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

****3.5/5 stars- loved itjshupe-mogul

Mogul is another great Gilded Age historical romance.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of not-your-typical setting: Gilded Age
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if you like a super-quick read

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Two star-crossed lovers have fought themselves for years to forget their love – and when Lillian Davies needs help finding her missing brother, she knows there’s one person, the man who she’d least like to ask for help. Calvin Cabot is a self-made newspaper mogul, and seems to try to help all those around him, even at his own expense. One of my new favorite historical romance authors, Joanna Shupe’s The Knickerbocker Club Series has been refreshing and quick-reading. Though not my favorite in the series, Mogul is excellent. Shop the full series: The Knickerbocker Club.

Available Jan. 31: Mogul by Joanna Shupe

Review: Call Me Zelda

Available now: Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck

15810873****3/5 stars- liked it

The author of The House of Hawthorne and Hemingway’s Girl tackles Zelda Fitzgerald.

Recommended readers:

  • For book clubs
  • For Hemingway/Fitzgerald Jazz age buffs
  • For fans historical fiction featuring real people

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Call me Zelda enters around Zelda Fitzgerald’s struggle with mental illness and with her famous husband, fictionalizing a psychiatric nurse’s presence in their lives and in the writing of Zelda’s own novel, Save me the Waltz.  We see the famously tragic Zelda through the narrator Anna’s eyes, as she finds herself drawn to the troubled woman and into the very troubled marriage of the Fitzgeralds, while navigating her own tragic past.  Another engaging, fictionalized portrayal of famous writers from Ericka Roebuck, though in the end I much preferred the feel of  Hemingway’s Girl.

Call Me Zelda is available on Amazon

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

Available now: Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

****4/5 stars- loved it

Eligible is a fabulous modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, on point and on trend too.

Recommended readers:

  • If like Pride and Prejudice but also chic lit
  • if you like contemporary romance
  • and if you identify with having a large, crazy family

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Now available, Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is a fabulous, fun and witty translation of what Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice could be like in modern times. Sittenfeld sticks close to the famous classic by keeping the same characters and adding modern twists to the plot, utilizing current issues and trends from transgender and reality TV, to Crossfit and the Paleo Diet. It’s so cleverly done. The appeal may be more geared toward the chic lit or general contemporary romance reader – rather than the die-hard Jane Austen classic fan – but Eligible is a fun, fast and clever read for anyone. And if you have some Pride and Prejudice memories, that will make it even more fun to read and compare.

Available now on Amazon: Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice

Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick

Available on Kindle: Much Ado About Highlanders

****4/5 stars- loved it

Much Ado About Highlanders is a fast-read with action-packed Highland charm.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Scottish Romance
  • If you like Monica McCarthy, Kat Martin and others
  • and if you like a fast-reading romance

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

After a few months off of Scottish historical romance, Much Ado About Highlanders reminded me why it’s one of my favorite genres. From political and war drama to person mini-conflicts, there is so much to love about the Highland heroes and their heroic women – and May McGoldrick captures it all. Strong characters and interesting twists add to the characters: Alexander Macpherson is the quintessential Highland leader – brave, sexy and fierce. And he’s met his match with Kenna Mackay, his runaway wife.

After enjoying the novel, I’ve added May McGoldrick to my to-read list and have checked out their full list on Amazon.

Available on Kindle: Much Ado About Highlanders

Magnate by Joanna Shupe

Available April 26: Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club)

****4/5 stars- loved itmagnate by Joanna Shupe

Tycoon is the first in the Knickerbocker Club Series set in the unique Gilded Age. And you’ll love it.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re looking for not-your-typical setting: Gilded Age
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if you like a super-quick and steamy read

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

The first in a new series by Joanna Shupe, Magante is fabulous, quick reading historical romance. You’ll jump right into the Gilded-Age action as Elizabeth Sloane tries to make her way in a man’s world. Lizzie has secretly traded stocks with amazing results and wants to go out on her own, but being of the upper class the results could be damaging to her reputation. The advancing times of the late 1800s make the setting unique for a historical romance – and very refreshing. I loved the historical lifestyle details and challenges of travel during that time, not to mention the steamy romance. With Magnate and Tycoon (the prequel novella), I’m hooked for the full series.

Available on Amazon: Magnate (The Knickerbocker Club)

Nowhere Girl by Susan Strecker

Available March 1: Nowhere Girl: A Novel

*****5/5 stars- loved itSusanStrecker-nowheregirl

Read Nowhere Girl before it makes the best-seller list – it’s that good!

Recommended readers:

  • If you like good, modern day fiction
  • If you like a mix of great characters and plot
  • and if you want to read it before it becomes a best-seller

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Cady’s popular twin sister was murdered when they were teens and authorities gave up finding the killer. Now, years later Cady is married, a best-selling author of psycho-thrillers and still struggling with the loss, when the case is reopened. The search for the killer, along with Cady’s own research for her novels, are expertly weaved together in an intricate web of people and events. While the cover originally caught my attention, the story has a depth and constant tempo that makes it easy to recommend. In her second novel, Susan Strecker has the perfect combination of good general fiction – from personal loss to intriguing twists and romance.

Available on Amazon: Nowhere Girl: A Novel

Tycoon by Joanna Shupe

Available February 23: Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club)

****4/5 stars- loved it

Tycoon is a prequel novella set in the unique Gilded Age. It’s worth every cent!joanna Shupe Tycoon

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of not-your-typical setting: Gilded Age
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if you like a super-quick read

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A prequel novella from a new series, Tycoon is worth every cent you pay for it (which is 99 cents on Kindle). With a mini-book this great, I’m hooked for the series! You’ll jump right into the Gilded-Age action as working girl Clara literally runs into wealthy banker Ted Harper. The advancing times of the late 1800s make the setting unique for a historical romance – and very refreshing. I loved the historical lifestyle details and challenges of travel, etc of the time. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Available on Amazon: Tycoon (The Knickerbocker Club)

Available Today: I’ll See You in Paris

Available February 9th: I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable

****3.5/5 stars- Really liked it

Because even a book about an English Duchess holed up in a countryside mansion comes down to Paris, right?

Lavender and book

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of a mother-daughter saga
  • fans of witty banter novels
  • and fans of the parallel story convention

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Like many  “finding yourself” novels, this one starts out in England and ends up in Paris- always a promising start.

Flailing English major Annie Haley has never known her real father, and the only thing she does know about her mother’s past seems to have something to do with a book about the real life, long-lost Duchess of Marlborough hiding out in her old age in a tiny English village… a place her mother suddenly needs to visit. There Annie is left to her own devices, where she finds  finds herself immersed in the puzzle of her mother’s past, and caught up in the love story between the writer of the mysterious book and and the supposed duchess’ caretaker.  As everybody knows, lost love, deception, and finding the truth about your father are all serious matters, right?  Wrong!  This one is really pretty funny.  Check it out!

I’ll See You in Paris will be available on February 9th

 

Enraptured by Candace Camp

Available January 19: Enraptured (Secrets of the Loch Book 3)

***3/5 stars- liked itccamp-enraptured

Enraptured captures the beauty and mystery of a Highland estate.

Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a fan of Historical Highland Romance
  • if you like Candace Camp, Jane Feather and others
  • and if like a little mystery with your romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3.5/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

When Violet Thornhill, an English lady who’s chosen to travel and explore, instead of join the Ton, comes to the Scottish Highlands, she wants to undercover some ruins. But she soon meets a local man Col Munro, who she just can’t (or won’t avoid). The two are swept into a local mystery. Candace Camp captures a wonderful essence of a Highland estate complete with a loch and a decade old Scottish mystery. A quick, steady-paced read, Enraptured is fun for everyone.

Available on Amazon: Enraptured (Secrets of the Loch Book 3)

Coming January 19th: The Forgotten Room

Available January 19th: The Forgotten Room

****4/5 stars Loved it

Beatriz Williams teams up with Karen White and Lauren Willig for a three-generational saga of love lost and found.

25431172Recommended readers:

  • If you’re a Beatriz Williams fan (guilty),
  • and if you enjoy a good character and plot-driven romantic page turner, this book is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Beatriz Williams and company weave a web of romance, mystery, and suspense encompassing three generations and a single room in a New York Gilded Age mansion, and it’s enough to keep you up at night hoping for the best, fearing the worst.  When Kate Schuyler, the only female doctor in a former-mansion hospital in New York, encounters the handsome (and wounded, she’s doomed) Captain Cooper Ravenel during World War II, she discovers he possesses a miniature portrait that looks just like her. Together, they’re  drawn into a mystery reaching back three generations, from herself to her Jazz Age mother in search of  her own father, to a Gilded Age servant in the house in which the mystery began.  Unfolding in three parts from three great authors, The Forgotten Room is an excellent escape into romantic suspense.

Available January 19th:  The Forgotten Room