Apr 262017
 

A Rollicking Romp of Intrigue and Revenge

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Georgian Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: 1750’s France and England

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Justin Alistair, Duke of Avon “Satanas”: a debauched rake who has earned the nickname “Satan” for all the scandalous and dishonorable deeds he commits. Age 40
  • Léon Bonnard: a poor and abused child running away from his brother who beats him and forces him to work in his tavern. Age 19
  • Comte de Saint-Vire: Justin’s mortal enemy. Twenty years ago the Comte refused Justin’s petition of marriage for his sister and humiliated him throughout all of Paris. (There is a lot of bad history between these two)

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Dec 192016
 

Strong Women with Mettle, Perseverance, and Resourcefulness

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: 1820 Wiltshire, England

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Jane Fairmont Bell: A refined gentleman’s daughter who surprisingly married an innkeeper.
  • Thora Bell: Jane’s no-nonsense mother-in-law who has lots of experience working as a landlady of an inn and doesn’t have the best of relationships with Jane.
  • Patrick Bell: Jane’s charming brother-in-law, who at times seems self-serving and sneaky.
  • Gabriel Locke: Quiet and helpful, Mr. Locke has been serving as the inn’s farrier for about a year, but his past is something of a mystery.

SYNOPSIS:

It’s been a year since she inherited her husband’s inn and Jane hasn’t done much to take assume the duties and responsibilities of landlady. But now she learns that payment on the large loan her husband took out is long overdue. And since the inn isn’t making much of a profit these days this financial situation is very dire. Jane must decide if she wants to try and save the inn from being foreclosed or free herself from a life of chaos and hard work and sell the inn for a loss… Continue reading »

Nov 072016
 

A Moment ForeverA Wartime Romance and The Enthralling Adventure to Discover What Became of It

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Author

TYPE OF NOVEL: non-Austenesque, Historical Fiction, WWII Romance

SETTING: Long Island, Manhattan, Florida, Alaska, Paris in the years 1942-43 and the summer 1992

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • William “Ducky” Martel: A Jewish, Army Air Forces pilot who is socially conscience and a true gentleman.
  • Elizabeth “Pistol” Renner: From an affluent family living on the Gold Coast of Long Island, Lizzy is a society debutante with a lively and effervescent personality.
  • Juliana Martel: A young writer who has a difficult time believing in true love, thanks to her narcissistic mother and several unhappy relationships.

SYNOPSIS:

Juliana is bequeathed Primrose Cottage from a great-uncle she has never met. The house remains just as he left it in 1950 – undisturbed, forgotten, and lonely, and the man has not been seen since that time. Upon perusing her new home Juliana finds a mantle full of vintage photographs, an abandoned engagement ring, and a fragment of a destroyed letter. Juliana is overcome with curiosity to discover the story of great-uncle and learn what happened to him and his wartime sweetheart, Lizzy… Continue reading »