Romance Book Reviews (page 20)

AMONG THE ASHES by Matthew James McDonald
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"A compelling story about a man following his heart and his conscience, however much it costs him."
In a debut novel that will appeal to fans of romance and history alike, McDonald elegantly captures the burden of being innocent, naïve and principled in a time of war. Read full book review >
THE MELODY OF SECRETS by Jeffrey Stepakoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Stepakoff uses this sliver of history well, but the romance between Maria and James seems irrelevant (and frankly less interesting than Maria's moral dilemmas), which is a bad sign for a romantic novel."
Stepakoff's latest throws together America's burgeoning space program, Nazi scientists and a talented violinist in a Nicholas Sparks-style romance. Read full book review >

THE CHRISTMAS ANGEL by Jane Maas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Touching and infused with the joy of family and the light of the Christmas season."
The journey of an heirloom Christmas angel reflects the loves and losses of a family through five generations. Read full book review >
THE WEDDING PLANNERS OF BUTTERNUT CREEK by Jane Myers Perrine
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An affable and entertaining romance for the inspirational audience."
The Widows of the Butternut Creek Christian Church have successfully paired pastor Adam and Gussie Milton, and now they are determined to plan their wedding, while also matching Adam's earnest sister with Gabe, the basketball coach; head Widow Birdie is far too busy to take care of herself or find time for romance. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Elene Sallinger
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An emotionally satisfying tale for the BDSM romance crowd."
A bookstore owner with dominant tendencies meets a customer who clearly needs a firm hand, and so he decides to help her explore her submissive side despite his own emotional limitations. Read full book review >

PROMISE ME TEXAS by Jodi Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Though flawed, a generally fun adventure."
Just minutes after discovering her fiance is the last person she wants to marry, Beth McMurray survives a train crash through the brave actions of a shadowy character who might be an outlaw; claiming she's married to him seems the best way to save them both. Read full book review >
FOREPLAY by Sophie Jordan
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"An affecting, successful foray into the new-adult genre."
When the boy she's loved forever finally notices her, bedroom novice Pepper decides to get some love tips from a sexy "player"; trouble is, sexy, tempting Reece seems to be everything she needs in a man, despite what she thought she always wanted. Read full book review >
THE LUCKIEST LADY IN LONDON by Sherry Thomas
ROMANCE
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A beautifully written, exquisitely seductive, powerfully romantic gem of a romance."
Felix Rivendale, Lord Wrenworth, has spent his adult life burnishing his reputation as the most sought-after gentleman in England, so he is flummoxed when Louisa Cantwell—an unknown nobody—captures his attention and his interest; he's not concerned about his heart, however, since he's convinced he doesn't have one. Read full book review >
FIFTEEN MINUTES by Karen Kingsbury
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Though Kingsbury's writing is serviceable, Zack's interior life, which is consumed by guilt, worry, shame, reticence and insecurity, becomes a drain on the novel's momentum."
Christian novelist Kingsbury offers a faith-based look at an American Idol-style show and the inherent spiritual risks placed upon the contestants. Read full book review >
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS by Susan Wiggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A romantic, heartwarming Christmas charmer, especially for Wiggs and Willow Lake fans."
A single father hosts family and friends at his home and hopes that the magical season will end with a new love. Read full book review >
DARK WITCH by Nora Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Magical, romantic, compelling and appealing—Roberts at her best."
Seven hundred fifty years after an evil sorcerer attacks the Dark Witch Sorcha and leaves her children orphans, he comes back, and her descendants must depend on magic, friendship and love to repel him. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR TROUBLE by Trice Hickman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A bold and intriguing effort that ultimately misses the mark, though some readers may enjoy the originality of the storyline."
An old woman who can see the future worries for her grandson and an as-yet-unborn great-great-granddaughter—whom she connects with through their mutual gift—who are dealing with problems in their love lives. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >