Romance Book Reviews (page 17)

THE TEMPTING OF THOMAS CARRICK by Stephanie Laurens
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Highly recommended."
A straight-laced Glasgow businessman is drawn back into clan politics and a romance with a woman from a neighboring estate. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends."
Three friends support each other as life throws some unexpected curves their way. Read full book review >

FIRST TIME IN FOREVER by Sarah Morgan
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Touching, sensual and warmly inviting."
When Emily Donovan's life implodes, she seeks refuge on Puffin Island, Maine. Read full book review >
The Necessary Bride by Patsy Frost
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 22, 2015

"An often entertaining historical romance with vivid settings, complex characters, and a plethora of plot twists."
In Frost's debut, an intrepid young woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery while finding true love in an unlikely setting. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder."
A love match alters the course of the Habsburg dynasty in Pataki's second novel (The Traitor's Wife, 2014).Read full book review >

ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"A humdrum novel of second-chance romance."
In Banton's (Get Out of Town, 2014, etc.) love story, a middle-aged woman gets an unexpected second chance with her high school sweetheart in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Read full book review >
I'LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather Demetrios
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A heady, page-flipping romance. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Skylar's post-graduation mission to get out of tiny Creek View, California, is sidetracked by her mom's downward spiral into alcohol abuse and by hot hunk Josh Mitchell's return from a tour in Afghanistan minus a leg. Read full book review >
NEW USES FOR OLD BOYFRIENDS by Beth Kendrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An astute and charming look at friendship, love and self-discovery.
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After her glamorous life falls apart, Lila Alders is left with nothing; she returns home to Black Dog Bay to re-evaluate only to find her mother in crisis and her childhood home in jeopardy. Read full book review >
THE UNEXPECTED CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE by Jill Mansell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A graceful blend of heartbreak, humor and redemptive love."
A collection of would-be couples in Cornwall must overcome secrets, conflict and uncertainty to find love and their happy endings. Read full book review >
LOVE BY THE BOOK by Melissa Pimentel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"This novel doesn't have the heart or ironic sensibility of Bridget Jones's Diary, but for readers looking for something fun and casual without an emotional attachment, it might be a one-night stand to consider."
For fans of Sex and the City, Pimentel offers a fictionalized account of a real-life experiment in dating.Read full book review >
Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A briskly paced romance featuring breathless suspense."
A search for a stolen painting brings an art appraiser in contact with a dangerous man from her past in Forand's (Snippets of Suspense, 2015, etc.) latest novel. Read full book review >
SWEET SURPRISE by Candis Terry
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A smooth, sweet, romantic read if you don't consider the details too closely."
When single mom Fiona Wilder moves to Sweet, Texas, to be closer to her daughter's family, she wishes she weren't quite so interested in her ex-husband's best friend, firefighter Mike Halsey. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >