Romance Book Reviews (page 92)

MASKS by Patricia Caviglia
ROMANCE
Released: July 8, 2010

"Shines thanks to a convincing teen romance that brings out the best in both characters."
A teenage girl becomes caught between her controlling father and her desire for a normal life in this debut YA novella. Read full book review >
The Arrangement by Wayne McFall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2010

"An underdeveloped romance about a pilot that ultimately fails to take flight."
In McFall's debut novel, a free-spirited woman and a mild-mannered man fall in love and try to make their marriage work, despite a host of obstacles. Read full book review >

MY DEAR CLOCHARD by A Elio  Borme
ROMANCE
Released: March 8, 2010

"Despite being ambitiously dismissive of conventional literary forms, this tale about a talented vagrant remains a rambling, tedious read."
In this philosophically charged debut novel, two lovers separated for decades meet by chance in Paris and rekindle their romance. Read full book review >
The Northwest Passage by Henry Nary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2008

"A riveting frontier read for history buffs, romantics, or anyone who loves a good story."
A classic tale of love, betrayal, and revenge set in the mid-1700s. Read full book review >
SHAME IN THE BLOOD by Tetsuo Miura
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2007

"A moving and memorable introduction to a worthy voice."
Six interconnected tales set in post-World War II Japan focus mainly on the evolving relationship between a melancholy literature student and the sweet waitress he marries. Read full book review >

DAISY DOOLEY DOES DIVORCE by Anna Pasternak
ROMANCE
Released: Oct. 22, 2007

"Worth wading through the tears for the generous helping of Daisy Dooley wisdom."
Self-help junkie comes to terms with her divorce. Read full book review >
WHAT A GIRL WANTS by Liz Maverick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"Mean-spirited characters and elaborately snotty prose don't do much for this lifeless first outing. (Note to those who think chick-lit books are interchangeable: the stock cover photo of four towel-clad women is the same one used for The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue, p. 1336)."
Job: bad. Love life: dead. Cubicle neighbor: also dead. Read full book review >
ALWAYS THE BRIDESMAID by Sarah Webb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Cloying tone, unoriginal story, published previously (2001) in England."
About to turn 30 and still single? Read full book review >
THE BIRTH OF VENUS by Sarah Dunant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2004

"No real surprises in the romance department, but the depiction of Florence as Tehran under the Ayatollah is an eye-opener."
British author Dunant (Mapping the Edge, 2001, etc.) weaves everyone's favorite art history moments into a vivid tapestry of life on the Arno during the upheaval of the Renaissance. Read full book review >
COOKING FOR HARRY by Kay-Marie James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2004

"Polished albeit slight effort by a collaborative, pseudonymous team of a Famous Author (who did the writing) and a Deserving Friend (who did the plotting). Charming cover and amusing premise should appeal to women of a certain age."
Plump hubby loses it. Read full book review >
BET ME by Jennifer Crusie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2004

"Bet you can't stop reading it. Absolutely, irresistibly hilarious."
A risk-averse actuary gets so lucky. Read full book review >
P.S., I LOVE YOU by Cecelia Ahern
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Sappy rehash of some very familiar plots."
Fluffy romance from the cute-as-a-button daughter of Ireland's Prime Minister. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >