History

Review: The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

Available now: The Patriots by Sana Krasikov

****4/5 stars-loved it

A multi-generational Russian-American-expat saga told in three parts, from pre- soviet Russia to post.

Recommended readers:

  • If you are a fan of historical fiction,
  • and a devotee of the bleak Russian novel, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

At the heart of the debut novel The Patriots is the character of Florence Fein, an idealist in depression era- America who departs Brooklyn for a new life in Russia. The story then alternates from her own story to that of her son and grandson, both affected very deeply by her youthful decision and the lessons of history. All three live part of their lives in the U.S. and part in Russia, each lending their own voices to twentieth- century history and rendering a clearly meticulously-researched and sweeping chronicle. Be prepared to be sucked into another world, on a journey long, weighty and somber.   But then, if anyone has a recommendation of Russian fiction that tends away from the bleak, I’d love to hear about it.

(Hint: A Gentleman in Moscow might apply here)

The Patriots is available now

A Lady’s Code of Misconduct: Blog Tour

Books for Her is one of the first stops in A Lady’s Code of Misconduct blog tour- and we are honored and thrilled! If you read our review of Fool Me Twice, you’ll know that Meredith Duran is one of our favorites and made our Top 10 Historical Romance Authors List.  After getting a digital copy this weekend, we jumped right in (already taking every spare moment to get some more pages in) – so here’s our pre-review about 100 pages in and we’re already guaranteeing it’s a great read.

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Another winner with fabulous characters and a refreshing story … it’s everything you expect from Meredith Duran, one of top 10 favorite romance authors.

Recommended readers:

  • If you love a strong, independent heroine
  • If you love mystery tied into your romance

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4.5/5 for characters
  • 4.5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

FROM THE USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOOL ME TWICE, THE 2015 RITA AWARD WINNER FOR HISTORICAL ROMANCE AND LUCK BE A LADY, AN RT BOOK REVIEWS NOMINEE FOR BEST BOOK OF 2015 HISTORICAL NOVEL

A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT

Fifth in the Rules for the Reckless Series

By Meredith Duran

Pocket Books

Publication Date: February 28, 2017

ISBN: 9781501139024

Price: $7.99

Praise for A Lady’s Code of Misconduct:

“Political intrigue and conspiracies abound in Duran’s engrossing fifth Rules for the Reckless Victorian romance (after Luck Be a Lady), which boasts plot twists galore…Duran is at the pinnacle of her craft as she weaves together humor, forgiveness, and love in a flawlessly executed plot. Jane, Crispin, and the rest of the characters are all well drawn, and the love scenes strike the perfect balance of steamy and sweet. Each layer in the story is suspenseful and delightful, making this the best installment so far.”

Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Although Duran (Luck Be a Lady, 2015, etc.) has written a novel as layered as an onion, the characters are well-drawn and the plot flawlessly executed. Add in some very steamy sex, and the fifth installment of Duran’s Rules for the Reckless series can’t help but delight. This book weaves its spell so thoroughly that the most fortunate reader will be the one who has time to read the entire thing in one sitting. A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love.”

Kirkus STARRED REVIEW

“Political intrigue drives a captivating historical romance…This Regency romance, part of the Rules for the Reckless series, is a smart love story, peopled with complex and absorbing characters.”

BookPage, TOP PICK IN ROMANCE

“A riveting story.”

—Heroes and Heartbreakers

“A masterful author of historical romances…A Lady’s Code of Misconduct takes worn threads of old tropes, like amnesia and the tortured hero, and weaves them into a lush tapestry with sophisticated, beautiful writing. Crispin seems power-mad and Jane seems saintly, but as Duran slowly unravels their characters amidst a plot of intrigue, betrayal, and dark secrets, we discover they’re more alike than they (or we) realize. The hero is swoonworthy, and I couldn’t help but fall in love with Jane as his flaws shine a light on her own. The tale and characters so captivated me, that I literally couldn’t put it down.”

—Omnivoracious Amazon Book Review by Sabrina Jeffries

“Thoughtfully written and the story creates not just a simple story of two people but an entire world for them to inhabit. If you like your historicals to have some meat to them, I highly recommend this one.”

—All About Romance

“Extremely relevant to our current political state…I could have easily sat and devoured this in one evening as each of the chapters seemed to end on a cliffhanger that just won’t let you put the book down. Quill says: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is the perfect book to sit in your favorite chair with and let the world pass by for a little while you get lost in the past.”

—Feathered Quill

“I absolutely love this series… Meredith writes intelligent characters with a fast paced plot.  Her writing is sensual, witty and totally captivating.  This book has everything you would want in a Historical Romance.   It is witty, sensual with a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. Crispin and Jane are extraordinary characters in a riveting story that will leave you wanting more.  The journey of Crispin and Jane to their HAE is fabulous.  I will read anything that Meredith writes.”

—The Reading Wench

“A fun read. I enjoyed Duran’s characters and plot…there’s a villain who made me think of a Regency era James Bond villain.”

—Bookfan

About the book:

USA TODAY  bestselling author Meredith Duran’s A LADY’S CODE OF MISCONDUCT is the fifth sizzling novel in the Rules for the Reckless series—a sexy and evocative Regency romance between a famous heiress and an infamous crime lord.

A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

…NEVER GOES TO PLAN.
The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for…

About the author:meredithduranauthorphoto

Meredith Duran is the author of ten previous novels, including The Duke of Shadows (winner of the Gather.com First Chapters Romance Writing Competition); Wicked Becomes You (included on the Woman’s World List of Best Beach Reads for Summer 2010), and the USA TODAY bestseller and RITA Award Winner Fool Me Twice. She blames Anne Boleyn for sparking her lifelong obsession with British history, and for convincing her that princely love is no prize if it doesn’t come with a happily-ever-after. She enjoys collecting old etiquette manuals, guidebooks to nineteenth-century London, and travelogues by intrepid Victorian women. Visit her at MeredithDuran.com, on Twitter@meredithduran and Facebook AuthorMeredithDuran.

 

Check back to see the full review – and read our previous review of Fool Me Twice and Top 10 Favorite Historical Romance Authors.

Review: No Man’s Land

Available now: No Man’s Land by Simon Tolkien

28924044***3/5 stars-liked it

Okay, I admit it.  I pick out a book for its evocative, eye catching cover.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like historical fiction of the Great War, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

No Man’s Land traces the journey of an orphaned boy from impoverished city slums and a mining town in the country to the great house and finally the Great War, with all the devastation and disillusionment you come to expect in a novel of the lost generation. Tolkien’s description of of sights and sounds of combat and its impact on human beings, his efforts at relaying what is largely unimaginable,  are the best sections of the novel.  Less engaging is the culmination of the story in homecoming and a renewal of rivalry between the main character and his foster brother, though perhaps a homecoming initially less than joyous is exactly the point.

No Man’s Land is available now 

The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Available now: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

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Another Scottish-English romance from Grace Burrowes, you’ll like The Trouble with Dukes.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like Scottish romances.
  • If you like historical romances.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 3/5 for characters
  • 3.5/5 for plot
  • 3/5 overall
  • Note: 2/5 some steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

A rumored violent war history and Scottish manners make the London Season something Hamish MacHugh would rather avoid, but he’s sticking around for his sisters’ sake. And Megan Windham sees more than an ominous war hero in him. While Hamish fights the battle of London’s society, Megan has her own battles to fight. The Trouble with Dukes is an enjoyable read, and it’s obvious that Grace Burrowes has many great novels up her sleeve. She’s a must-read for any historical romance fan. Make sure you add The Trouble with Dukes to your historical romance reading list.

Available now: The Trouble with Dukes by Grace Burrowes

Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Available tomorrow: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

*****4.5/5 starsjmcveigh-leopardatthedoor

Like Gone with the Wind, but set in 1950s British-occupied Kenya: You’ll love it!

Recommended readers:

  • Fans of British history
  • If you like Gone with the Wind for its historical insights and feels
  • If you like fictional history and a mix of genres

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 5/5 for plot
  • 4.5/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

After spending her adolescent years in England, Rachel has longed for her family’s Kenya farm, where she roamed the land, worked and loved the family’s slaves, that she left behind after her mother’s death. Now, no longer a child, Rachel comes to see the harsh challenges of British-occupied Kenya in the 1950s, both from the native Kenyans to the extremist Mau Mau fighters to the white settlers. It’s like a Gone with the Wind, set in Kenya, where the stark contrast of slaves and owners – along with the dramatic political climate, make this an intense, emotional and thoughtful read. I loved it!

Available tomorrow: Leopard at the Door by Jennifer McVeigh

Review: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow

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*****5/5 stars

Amor Towles does it again with prose, plot, and characters who grab hold and won’t let go.  Need a gift this Christmas?  This is it.

Recommended readers:

Here’s my Rankings:

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

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

On house arrest in Moscow’s grand Metropol Hotel for being a Former Person in the new Soviet Union, Count Alexander Rostov once wrote a poem that inspired revolutionary fervor, and cannot, apparently, simply be shot at dawn. He is instead removed from his old suite of rooms and confined to the attic, where he builds a new life full of the kind of characters you can only hope to meet in your own. It’s a novel of fully-realized tragedy that somehow doesn’t get lost there, instead brimming with optimism and hope. With Rules of Civility, Towles had me for life– I looked up from the ending of that gem feeling as if it were impossible that I could be somewhere besides 1930s New York– and once again, Towles wins me over. Wonderful prose, characters, and plot, the holy trifecta for any writer, complete with literary, historic, and cinema references. With Amor Towles, know that you are reading something from someone infinitely more intelligent than you, but who writes so that you can still enjoy it, who makes you stop and think while still plunging forward to discover what happens next.

To quote the dust jacket: “He can’t leave. You won’t want to.”

Buy it now on Amazon

Coming January 10th: The Second Mrs. Hockaday

Coming in January: The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers

28110868****4/5 stars-loved it

A young bride accused of murder must fend for herself and her farm during the Civil War.

Recommended readers:

  • If you like letter format novels,
  • and if you like romantic and historical suspense, this one is for you.

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 4/5 steaminess, including violence

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

 

Inspired by a true event, The Second Mrs. Hockaday uses the convention of letters, court inquests, and journal entries to tell the story of a woman accused by her husband of murdering a child conceived while he was away at war. This unusual format grabbed and held my attention from the start, as I tried to determine through perspectives of multiple characters what really happened. A stunning debut.

Available on Amazon January 10th:  The Second Mrs. Hockaday

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