Jun 072017
 

Reputation and Redemption

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Source: Purchased

TYPE OF NOVEL: Regency Romance, Historical Fiction

SETTING: 1814, Whitmore, England

SYNOPSIS: Mariah Aubrey is no longer welcome in her father’s house, and therefore must move to an abandoned gatehouse on her aunt’s estate. Happy to have a roof over her head, Mariah strives to make her new life a success. But after a few months it is looking a little bleak, and Mariah doesn’t think they will have the funds to continue living there much longer… Her aunt’s estate is soon leased by a Captain Bryant, who is on a mission to impress the woman (and her father) who rejected him four years ago. His plans don’t include befriending the girl in the gatehouse, but it seems he is inexplicably drawn to her even though scandal surrounds her… Is it just friendly compassion or something more? Continue reading »

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 »