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Harlot by Victoria Dahl

<i>Harlot</i> by Victoria Dahl

I am an avid fan of Victoria Dahl. I love her style and her sass and so when she announced on Twitter that she was writing an erotic historical short novel, I marked the release date on my calendar and began avidly checking NetGalley in case it became available. Praise be, y’all. It did. Harlot is […]

The Duke and Miss Christmas by ...

<i>The Duke and Miss Christmas<i> by Amelia Grey

The Duke and Miss Christmas is a charming little novel set in Grey’s Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels series and I’d absolutely recommend it for anyone who is a fan of that series. Anyone else may find the family connections and short hands of relationships a bit confusing, but the book is delightful nonetheless. The book […]

What to Do with a Duke by Sall...

<i>What to Do with a Duke</i> by Sally MacKenzie

  Sally MacKenzie is one of those authors I’ve known of for years. I saw her books on shelves, heard them recommended on podcasts, but for whatever reason never picked one up. When I saw What to Do with a Duke up for request on NetGalley I jumped at the chance to get to know this […]

Finding Gabriel by Rachel Deme...

<i>Finding Gabriel</i> by Rachel Demeter

  If you like historical romances, then this book is for you. Finding Gabriel, an upcoming release from Pan Macmillan, takes place in 19th century France. One snowy evening, Ariah  finds a man laying half dead on the banks of the Seine. Against social convention, she takes him back to her house to nurse him back […]

Enchanted Afternoon by Susan W...

<i>Enchanted Afternoon</i> by Susan Wiggs

  Enchanted Afternoon almost counts as an Old School Romance, being written in 2002. It’s  the unusual story of Helena and Michael, Helena’s journey to running a turn-of-the-century domestic violence shelter and how they created family out of their bare hands. It’s also one of the most pro-women novels I have read in a long time. […]

The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of ...

<i>The Queen’s Vow: A Novel of Isabella of Castile</i> by C.W. Gortner

  The Queen’s Vow is the latest book in my on-going project of trying to read as much as I can about women leaders throughout history. I am slowly realizing, as I move through adulthood, how little I know about the women who have gone before me that have shaped the world. I know more […]

And the Mountains Echoed by Kh...

<i>And the Mountains Echoed</i> by Khaled Hosseini

  And the Mountains Echoed is a complicated story that starts with a journey across Afghanistan and follows the ramifications of that journey over the following fifty-odd years. It’s a different kind of novel than I normally read – not just because I don’t normally indulge in Afghani fiction. I’m more used to straight narratives […]

Flowers from the Storm by Laur...

<i>Flowers from the Storm</i> by Laura Kinsale

  If you ever Google something like “romance canon” or “best romance novels”, Flowers in the Storm usually sends up on one of those lists. A classic of the genre, it was actually one of the first picks of the new and fast growing “Old School Romance Readers” Facebook group (of which of course I’m a […]

The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meye...

<i>The Wild Queen</i> by Carolyn Meyer

So I’m Scottish. Well, partially. But enough that I should know things about the history of the place. My mom and I went on a trip through our ancestral homelands a few months back and both of us were increasingly ashamed how often we had to Google information and stories. When we climbed back into […]

A School for Unusual Girls by ...

<i>A School for Unusual Girls</i> by Kathleen Baldwin

Oh my gosh was I gripped by this book. I adored Baldwin’s writing and how she wove her characters. I would recommend this one to readers interested in strong women and early 19th century history, whether they’re in the YA genre or not. While I wouldn’t use it as lecture material (there are a few […]

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