Book Review: Christmas at Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne

In the town of Silver Bells, there’s always a feeling of Christmas in the air… Let love—and RaeAnne Thayne—melt your heart this holiday season!

This New Year will bring widowed nurse Abigail Powell a fresh start in a different city. Excited about the chance to create an unforgettable Christmas for her young son in picturesque Silver Bells, Colorado, Abby has been hired to take care of her dear friend’s recuperating grandmother. But sprightly senior Winnie insists she doesn’t need looking after. What she does need is help decorating her historic mansion, Holiday House, for a seasonal town fundraiser. Abby warms to the festive task, but she’ll have to contend with her own personal Grinch: Winnie’s prickly grandson, Ethan Lancaster.

Ethan Lancaster is good at a lot of things. Relationships surely aren’t one of them. His ex-fiancée convinced Ethan he was incapable of love, and he believes her…up until the moment he impulsively kisses Abby. What is it about this vibrant woman and her sweet son that knocks his world off-kilter? He knows they’re leaving town after Christmas. He just didn’t expect they’d be taking a little of his heart with them. But as he and Abby work together on the magical Holiday House through the record cold weather, visions of a different future dance in his head…one filled with warmth, love and a new beginning for them both.

Received as one of my books from “a Box Of Stories” subscription, and since it was Christmas related, I thought I’d read and review it ahead of the Christmas season

Lucy, working abroad, asks her college friend Abby to travel to Silver Bells just before Thanksgiving, in order to look after Lucy’s grandmother Winnie, who has broken her wrist following a fall.

Abby has a 5 year old son Christopher, which she had with her husband who died following a car crash 2 years previously. Abby is a nurse and preparing to move across Texas in order to start a new job in the New Year. Going to Silver Bells for 6 weeks allows her a winter break before hand, so everything works out for the best.

Abby drives multiple hours with her son and cat (what happened to the cat? It’s never mentioned beyond the 1st few chapters). Abby finds the Holiday House to be a large Victorian style house, covered in the standard Colerado winter snow.

She finds that Winnie is old, and has some strained/broken bones, and apart from needing some pain killers, she was otherwise fine.

Lucy’s brother Ethan wants Winnie to go into a home. Winnie doesnt want to. In fact she still wants to open up the house to visitors for guided tours (hence the “Christmas at Holiday Home” title)

As a side thread, Lucy is facing a personal challenge about her relationship with Luiz potentially going from a Friendship to romantic. Lucy and Ethan have both been damaged by the relationsip between their parents, their divorce etc.

The next few weeks cover Thanksgiving, prepping for the open house, and then Christmas. It includes skiing, shopping, as well as decorating the house for Christmas.

As with other ABOS books, this book is good enough to have been published, but not one of those books to set the world on fire – sorry. It’s a decent Christmas related romance novel with few (if any) extras to distinguish it from some very similar stories

Book Review: Christmas at Liberty’s by Fiona Ford

September, 1941: Mary arrives in war-torn London nursing a broken heart and a painful secret.

When she is offered her dream post as an assistant in the fabric department at Liberty store, she knows this is the fresh start she needs. Amid the store’s vibrant prints and sumptuous interiors, Mary finds a new family who can help her to heal.

But not everyone will give Mary such a warm welcome, and the trauma of her past will soon catch up with her.

As Mary and the Liberty Girls endure the heartache and uncertainty of war, it will take a steady heart to keep the magic of Christmas alive.

This is one of the books I got from A Box Of Stories, whose mission is to prevent books from heading to the recycling bin. By definition, any book was good enough to be published, but not strong enough to be a best seller.

I have a large pile of Christmas themed books from various sources (not just a Box of Stories), so I decided to start reading Christmas books early so that I had some new content to share (I had to start somewhere in reducing the TBR too!).

Onto the story: Apart from the occasional editorial error (e.g. referring to a wife as a sister), this is an average, reasonable version of a basic trope. e.g. “Someone from a privileged background, makes friends through slumming it and working hard, whilst keeping a significant secret from everyone”. It’s not a *bad* book, but it’s not enough to get on the bestseller list/feature table.

The story covers Births, marriages, deaths, uncertainties during WWII, Lashing of milky tea (eh? 1941 rationing meant that tea and milk was freely available – who knew?!). The idea that fabric was already rationed in 1941 was reasonable.

It’s late 1941 London and Mary has left the ATS under a dark cloud and is looking for a job and lodging. She finally gets a job in Liberty’s fabric department. Here she meets friends and enemies, faces the hardships from now being a year of war (rationing of food, fabric, etc). People become sick, others have babies, husbands may be dead, boyfriends get called up etc.

Apparently this is #1 in a trilogy. If I’m honest, I’m not in a rush to buy the others but I wont turn the others if they turn up.

 

Book Review: I am the Sea by Matt Stanley

1870. Apprentice lighthouseman James Meakes joins two others at the remote offshore rock of Ripsaw Reef – replacement for a keeper whose death there remains unexplained.

Meakes’ suspicions grow as he accustoms himself to his new vertical world. He finds clues, obscure messages and signs that a fourth occupant may be sharing the space, slipping unseen between staircases.

With winter approaching, the keepers become isolated utterly from shore. Sea and wind rage against the tower. Danger is part of the life. Death is not uncommon. And yet as the storm builds, the elements pale against a threat more wild and terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

One of multiple books from A Box Of Stories, where this is one of the challenge books to read a non-romance based book. It can also be classed as a Gothic/Spooky novel. The fact I’m still reading it in early September says as much about me as it does the book. (“hiding” in the handbag for 2 weeks of August naturally does not help the reading process. Not wanting to find a book – any book – also says something about me and reading right now).

Set in 1870, James Meakes, a man of undetermined age, goes out to start an apprenticeship at the Ripshaw Reef Lighthouse. There are 2 other men the – the Principal (an older man with peculiar, obsessive habits) and the Second, Adamson, a churlish and moody man prone to vicious mood swings, fuelled in part by alcoholism. Both men are, by definition, flawed. On paper Meakes is suitable for the specific quirks of being a lighthouse man, but it soon becomes clear that his credentials are dubious and open to interpretation regarding their validity (e.g. it appears his letter of recommendation from his uncle was written several days after his uncle’s violent murder).

A commissioner arrives for the Annual inspection, but disappears later that day in rather suspicious circumstances (did he jump or was he pushed – and who by?). The Principal is also heavily injured – likely fatally – following a massive argument. Meakes and Adamson are left alone in a remote lighthouse, cut off from everyone else by the dire winter weather. Where better to keep two men suspected of murder than in an isolated building? No Jail could keep them better.

Everything is made worse by the isolation, the animosity between the two men, and the lack of sleep overall.

There is also a young boy that appears and disappears within Meakes’ company. Meakes cannot trust Adamson to confirm that the child is real, and does not trust him not to use the detail as a way of torturing Meakes in some way. Does the child exist or is he some kind of ghost?

I will admit I skipped parts of this book, especially in the last 100 pages or so. This is partly due to the overall problem I have with reading at the moment, and partly due to the verbosity of the author. Whilst the following is not indicative of the overall book, it is from the book itself and gives an indication of the bits I skipped:

Listen long enough and words materialise in the vortices, the wash of rushing elements – a tumbling, random lexicon. Whittawer hypabyssal, Syncope bursiculate, Onychomancer hellebore. Elytrum murrion, Areopagitic. tephritic. Nephritic. Protomartyr protomartyr somnolescent sesterce

A shipwreck brings strangers into the lighthouse, as well as refreshment casks of alcohol. The mariners dont speak much English but bring disruption into an already strained living environment. Adamson becomes the defacto friend to the sailors (at least whilst they’re all drunk) and the sailor’s behaviour descends into an implied rape and definite murder.

Meanwhile the storm outside is a good allegory for the mess that’s going on inside, where the two keepers are literally at each others;’ throats, making accusations against each other, culminating in the desctuction of both the lighthouse and then men inside.

About the Authour

Normally, at this point I try to give a brief overview of the authour and a link to a relevant website to garner traffic from anyone who has got this far. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work out, and this is such an occasion. I’ve found no bio details for this authour, and no link to his books. Please assume you can buy from all known outlets in all known formats. Please advise if anyone knows different, and I will amend accordingly.

This is a good Gothic Horror novel to read as the autumn and winter comes in. I did struggle with the language where some of it could have been dropped. I know in the 19th Centaury, an man of “independent wealth” would expect to have a good Classics education but really, it got too hard and boring to get through.

Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Piranesi’s house is no ordinary building: its rooms are infinite, its corridors endless, its walls are lined with thousands upon thousands of statues, each one different from all the others. Within the labyrinth of halls an ocean is imprisoned; waves thunder up staircases, rooms are flooded in an instant. But Piranesi is not afraid; he understands the tides as he understands the pattern of the labyrinth itself. He lives to explore the house.

There is one other person in the house—a man called The Other, who visits Piranesi twice a week and asks for help with research into A Great and Secret Knowledge. But as Piranesi explores, evidence emerges of another person, and a terrible truth begins to unravel, revealing a world beyond the one Piranesi has always known

Before I start, I will offer a few admissions:

The books I’ve been reading over the last five or more years have not exactly been “challenging” and have otherwise been “soft” books to read.

This may or may not affect my review of this book

This is one of the few books I brought new on publication, though I suspect that I forget why I was so excited when it came out. For a moment, I *think* I suspect I mistook the author as Sarah Winters, who I’ve also enjoyed.

Meanwhile, this was in the pile, was relatively short (<300 pages), I’ve not been reading much recently, etc, so when this came up as an option for a book club, it was an automatic “yes” from me.

For such a short book, it was a fairly hard book for me to read, especially in the first half. I am willing to accept that this is because I’ve not read a “proper” book in so long. It was pretty much over a month when I looked up the authour (ok, it was a case of “why the hell did I buy this book” kind of thing). Then I realised I had previously devoured the 1000+ page “Jonathon Strange and Mr Norrell” book in the space of a few weeks that I remembered why I had probably brought this specific book in the first place. After that, a lot made sense.

This book is both the same, but also significantly different to Mr Norrell. At under 300 pages, it is shorter, but also inhabits a different physical world, that may or may not be wholly different on an other previously defined world.

I will admit that reading got easier when certain things fell into place. I am not going to point out what happens later in the book as that would be considered by many readers to be classed as a spoiler, and I try to avoid that. To give even one clue away could potentially spoil the whole. If you want to take from that I didn’t understand what happened, well that’s you’re right and you may be correct. Or maybe not.

Summary: initially this was a hard book to read, for so many reasons, most (if not) all of which are mine, and which I hope I’ve detailed above. As to the book itself, it was detailed and beautifully written, with few justifications as to “what happened” and more of “it can and did happen”

Book Review: The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie

Little did Anthony Cade suspect that an errand for a friend would place him at the center of a deadly conspiracy. Drawn into a web of intrigue, he begins to realize that the simple favor has placed him in serious danger.

As events unfold, the combined forces of Scotland Yard and the French Sûreté gradually converge on Chimneys, the great country estate that hides an amazing secret…

If I remember correctly this was adapted to the TV as a Miss Marple case, I suppose to ensure it got the funding and the distribution/sales figures. Easier to sell a Marple story than a Buttle story eh?

As such, there are things in the book that are the same as the TV and much that is different – enough to allow for the reading of the book, especially when you haven’t watched the episode in a while.

As with several of Christie’s (unedited) books, there is the usual casual racism that we have come to expect. It’s not as bad as some – The original title of ‘And then there none’, anyone? – but in the same way that everyone in Midsomer is white (at least for the first 20 something series), expect the usual words for ‘foreigners’ to be bandied about.

At the beginning of a book, a man called Anthony Cade, who is established as being one who struggles to commit to settling down to any job for any length of time agrees to take on two jobs for his friend James McGrath. One job is to deliver the draft of a memoir to a publisher, with the other to return letters to the woman who wrote them.

Meanwhile, a plot is developing to restore the monarchy to Herzoslovakia, where the previous King and Queen were assassinated previously. British politicians are backing Prince Michael (the most logical and available member of the monarchy). Americans are backing Prince Michael’s Nicholas cousin for the seat. The fact that noone really knows what either man looks like (is one even still alive?) is beside the point. There is Oil to be had!

Therefore Lord Caterham is ‘persuaded’ to host a house party at Chimneys. A number of people are invited to occlude the nature of the party.

Cade, pretending to be McGrath (for various reasons), arrives in London a few days earlier than expected. On his 1st night, the potentially incriminating letters are stolen by <insert dubious term here> the waiter. The memoirs, which were written by the late Count Stylptitch of Herzoslovakia and are believed to contain politically sensitive information which could damage the monarchy, so need to be surpressed. Not being entirely stupid, Cade hands over a dummy version of the memoirs, and keeps the real ones.

The letter thief brings one letter to Virginia Revel at her home, and tries to blackmail her (she did not write them). On a whim, she pays, and promises more money the next day. When she arrives home the next day, she finds him murdered in her house, and Anthony Cade on her door step. Cade arranges to have the body discovered elsewhere by the police, to avoid a scandal and allow Virginia to proceed to Chimneys, as per the house party invite.

At Chimneys, Prince Michael is killed on the night of his arrival, not long after everyone has retired to bed. Crime scene details, such as footprints outside the downstairs room where Prince Michael is found dead, seems to be an odd clue, and Superintendent Battle is presented with Cade introducing himself, the story of the memoirs (and therefore partially explaining his presence), and persuading Battle of his innocence in the murder.

We learn much about the thief King Victor, who has masterminded the theft of many jewels, including The Koh-i-Noor diamond and replaced by a paste copy some years earlier. Chimneys is one place where it may be hidden, though many searches have not found it. With the release of King Victor from prison a few months earlier, so Battle expects he will seek to recover it. There are several break in attempts, all of which are interrupted. In an attempt to find the location of the gem, the stolen letters appear in Cade’s room. People have already been suspecting that the letters were in code (and why Virginia had never written them), so Battle gets them decoded revealing the clue: “Richmond seven straight eight left three right”.

SPOILERS!

At Chimneys, all are gathered to hear the mysteries explained. In the library, Boris (Prince Michael’s now ex valet) finds Miss Brun (an imposter posing as the governess) with a pistol, as she means to kill him and get the jewel. They struggle; the gun goes off in her hand, killing her. It turns out that Prince Michael had identified Miss Brun as the last queen consort of Herzoslovakia, thought to have been murdered with her husband in the revolution; but she escaped. Cade gives the real memoirs to Jimmy McGrath to earn his one thousand pounds. Cade and Fish solve the conundrum; it points to a rose on the grounds, where the Koh-i-Noor is subsequently recovered.

Anthony presents himself as the missing Prince Nicholas, ready to ally with the British syndicate. He offers himself as Herzoslovakia’s next king. Earlier that day, he married Virginia, who will be his queen.

My Review

There are many characters in the book, that I’ve chosen not to cover as quiet honestly, there are so many and it’s really confusing in a review. Plus – why read the book if you’ve got everything covered in a review, right?

Some slightly dubious word usage aside, this is a good start to introduce Battle (I believe he appears in other books somewhere along the line), as well as Cade and McGrath.

I guessed Cade’s ‘reveal’ a few chapters before and found that the book was different enough to the rebranded Marple episode that makes this worth spending the time to read.

Book Review: A Surprise Christmas Wedding by Phillipa Ashley

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Experience the magic of a perfect Cumbrian Christmas.

It’s been a year since Lottie’s fiancé walked out, leaving her heartbroken. But things start to look up when she lands her dream job at a beautiful Lake District estate, with a handsome groundskeeper for a neighbour.

So when Lottie is asked to organise a last minute Christmas wedding at Firholme, she can’t wait to get started. Until she meets the couple, and discovers that Connor, the man who broke her heart, is the groom-to-be.

As snow falls on the hills, can Lottie put aside her past to organise the perfect winter wedding? And will there be any festive magic left to bring Lottie the perfect Christmas she deserves?

This starts with a romantic holiday ahead of Christmas between Lottie and Connor which ends with a major surprise, which rapidly sours the whole experience.

There are spoilers below. Dont read the review if you dont like ’em – read the book instead!

A year later and Lottie has started a new job at Firholme as a Wedding and Events coordinator. Her sister is now in remission from the cervical cancer that she had been diagnosed at the same time Connor had split from Lottie. Lottie has a new neighbour – a rather rugged and handsome outdoorsman called Jay (with added dog). Her new boss is desperate for a Christmas wedding to added to their repertoire in order to help get the business off the ground. The opportunity comes in the form of an Australian woman (Keegan) who comes in on the off chance the venue has the time and space. Little does Lottie know, but the groom is her ex….Connor.

Of course, all this is a shock to Lottie, who is still in love – in part – with Connor. Between them they agree to not mention their shared history to Keegan, which turns out to be a really bad idea. During the planning of the wedding, it all comes out, and the wedding is in jeopardy just ahead of the wedding day.

Slight spoiler: The wedding DOES go ahead, but not without drama, including snow hampering attendance, and the generator not kicking in when the fuse blows.

I will admit I felt the story went on a little too long – e.g. the aftermath from the wedding continued long after the wedding concluded, including the whole (newish) story of Jay and his brother Ben, and why they had fallen out the previous Christmas. There’s another whole subplot over Seb, a child that is probably not Jay’s. There is also a subplot about Jay and Lottie finally getting together, celebrating Christmas together and with each other’s respective families.

Nevertheless, it’s still a relatively short book, at roughly 300 pages. My gripes are predominantly with myself, who was rushing for an ending, and the book didnt end when I thought it would.

Book Review The Song of Peterloo by Carolyn O’Brien

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Manchester 1819: Prices are high and wages are low, but as the poor become poorer, the rich are alarmed by their calls for reform.

Mill-worker Nancy Kay struggles to support her ailing mother and sensitive son. Desperate to provide for them, she is inspired to join the growing agitation. But, as she risks everything to attend a great assembly on St Peter’s Field, Nancy is unaware the day will go down in history, not as a triumph but as tragedy; the Peterloo massacre.

This is one woman’s story of belief in change, pieced together by her family and friends and the two men who share her momentous summer. A story of hope, and sacrifice, and above all, courage.

I’ve read several books about Peterloo, but still don’t think the situation is well known historically – the massacre of what is now accepted to be peaceful protestors fed up with high food costs and low wages by armed and horsed militia. Book included as part of A Box Of Stories, which means this book has been rescued from being pulped

This story is told from multiple voices/POVs. There is a difference in the “voice” between Mary/Nancy and other people in the story. Especially at the beginning, Nancy’s voice seemed forced as the local “there’s trouble at t’mill” speech pattern. I understand why it was done, it just jarred me every time. Once it moved from dialogue to description, this was less of an issue.

As it came to the crux of the issue, the relatively short chapters became even shorter, which resulted in a sped up pace in the storyline. Ultimately, there is a personal cost to both the mill owners and the mill workers

A slight issue with the secondary (and some of the primary) characters – their development only goes so far and then seem to be lost some where near the end – what happened to Adelaide and Joe?

Overall this was a decent take on the story, suitably personal for Nancy and the people around her, but lacking something about the extended characters (see above). The book would have not made the author top of the sales list but not sure it should have hit the ‘pulping’ list

For additional information on this issues, here’s the wikipedia page for Peterloo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peterloo_Massacre </p>

Book Review: Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren, John Litell (Translator)

Nordic Fauna by Andrea Lundgren, John Litell (Translator) #BookReview #BookCover #WITMonth

In these six short stories, Andrea Lundgren explores a liminal space where the town meets the wilderness and human consciousness meets something more animalistic. A train stops on the track in the middle of the night and a lone woman steps out of the open doors, following a call from deep in the forest. A father is haunted by the nocturnal visits of an elusive bird, and a young girl finds escape through the occult. From foxes to whales to angels, the creatures that roam through this collection spark a desire for something more in their human counterparts: a longing for transformation. 

The first of my 2021 subscription books from Peirene Press. Made up of 6 short stories, I have to admit that it took me much longer that it should have. I have struggled with Translated books in the past, but I dont think this was the issue here – I think it was a combo of short stories plus and overall lack of interest in reading or completing books.

Since there were large gaps in my reading, I’m not in a position to do a detailed review of each story. However, I will say the following:

The main character in 5 of the 6 stories are unnamed (and in many of the stories, the gender is also unstated)

There is a overall feeling of remoteness or connections with others. There is a sense of loneliness and a lack of connection with the other people in the stories (friends, parents, carers etc). I’ve looked at other reviews (something I do, especially when I am struggling with a review) and I have found that other people have also struggled to write reviews of this book

I did enjoy the tightness in the language, in that even in translation the narrative is “sparse” and I never got the impression there were not any excess words used.

I still have 2 books from this year’s subscription pack (there’s 3 a year, so they come every 4 months or so), and I now need to decide what to do with these books. I really dont fancy giving them to other people – they are simply too nice to look at and are a lovely publication, so I need to decide what to do.

Book Review: One Night to Remember by Erica Ridley

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Notorious whip Giles Langford is surprised to learn his blacksmith is a girl, shocked to realize she’s the out-of-his-league sister of a duke, and horrified to discover he’s fallen in love with the impossible-to-tame woman anyway. With no money and no title, Giles has nothing to offer but his heart…

Felicity Sutton knows poverty firsthand, and she’s never going back. She might miss the smithy, but not the relentless desperation of no home and an empty belly. Of course she’ll accept the stability of a wealthy ton suitor. As for the penniless daredevil she loves, well… At least they’ll have one night to remember.

Meet the unforgettable men of London’s most notorious tavern, The Wicked Duke. Seductively handsome, with charm and wit to spare, one night with these rakes and rogues will never be enough…

I got this book a while ago, read part of it, but in going through my Netgalley library etc I realised I hadn’t finished it or reviewed it. This is my attempt to rectify that

This fits in with other books by this author (in this and other series) where it is female centric, and the woman often finds herself rebelling against expectation in order to find themselves

Much of this is over 2 weeks where Cole (aka Colehaven) has entered into a bet with another member of the gentry, which he bets that his curricle will beat the curricle of the other (Silas) in a race in two weeks time

Cole has promised his sister (the Lady Felicity) that it would not be him riding the curricle – in fact he has engaged the best smith in town (Giles) to maintain his curricle and drive it. The main/only proviso – that Lady Felicity is the apprentice to help on upgrading the curricle.

Over the next 2 weeks, Giles and Felicity fall in love, all whilst Felicity is trying to make an catch in the TON that would give her the stability she needed whilst allowing her the freedom to do what she wanted. Ultimately a major decision needs to be made – what does Felicity need more – the apparent stability of a titled husband, or love?

This was a decent story, but reading this a year after reading the other books in the series was interesting. It can easily be read alone, as whilst there are references to other stories in the series, this story is not dependant on having read the other stories in the series. There is ONE reference to distances being measured in “blocks” – a personal bug bear of mine when reading stories written for the American Market, but written about Regency London. Gah!

Book Review: The Colonel and The Enchantress by Paullett Golden

Lady Mary Mowbrah, daughter of a duke, fell in love with a man beneath her station. When he leaves for war, determined to earn her hand as a hero, she promises to wait for him, never dreaming the man who returns will be different from the man who left.

Colonel Duncan Starrett returns from war with honors, accolades, and a debilitating injury. As much as he still loves Lady Mary, he fears a future between them is now impossible.

​This is the love story of Mary and Duncan as they forge a future from the shadows of the past.

Different format to the usual romance – the couple had a romance at the beginning of the book, then meet up 5 years later, when Duncan has returned (highly injured) from active service. They are married before half way through the story and the rest of the book is spent working out how to be a married couple.

There are several obstacles to the marriage working fully – in part because Mary is of a higher class than Duncan (so both have class issues); Her fractious relationship with her mother (with an interesting backstory), etc. The second half of the book had potential, as the two newly weds got used to being in a partnership, but sometimes I felt like running through treacle – plenty of detail but perhaps too much detail

The epilogue is a little overwhelming in having SO MANY children suddenly introduced in the last chapter of the book. It is set up as if there is or will be a sequel (or a prequel that I’m somehow missing out on).

One thing that did annoy me (very minor point) is to the repeated referral to the butler as “Mr x”. Bollocks. No Servant (even Butlers) would have the “Mr” designation, Valets are perhaps excepted from this rule. This is clearly for the American Market. For those who care, I would trust Julian Fellowes (and things like Gosford Park and Downtown Abbey) for clues.

About the Author

Celebrated for her complex characters, realistic conflicts, and sensual love scenes, Paullett Golden puts a spin on historical romance. Her novels, set primarily in Georgian and Regency England with some dabbling in Ireland, Scotland, and France, challenge the norm by involving characters who are loved for their flaws, imperfections, and idiosyncrasies. Her stories show love overcoming adversity. Whatever our self-doubts, love will out.

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