Category Archives: Romance

BOOK TO SCREEN: Pride and Prejudice (2005)

2005, directed by Joe Wright For most fans, Pride and Prejudice is their favourite book by Jane Austen (mine is Persuasion); it’s probably the best-known of her novels, and has been well-served with numerous screen (mostly television) adaptations. The BBC version of 1995, with Jennifer … Continue reading

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REVIEW: A Civil Contract – Georgette Heyer

Originally published 1961 When I first discovered Georgette Heyer in my teens, and started devouring her books wholesale, this was never one of my favourites. The plot – how two people enter into a marriage of convenience and how that … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Wounded – Lindsay Buroker

(self-published e-book, 2014) Wounded was billed as a romance on Amazon, but I thought I’d try it anyway because I really like Buroker’s writing, having enjoyed The Emperor’s Edge series of steampunk fantasy novels, and a couple of related novels, … Continue reading

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REVIEW: His Dark and Dangerous Ways – Edith Layton

(Avon Romance/HarperCollins e-book 2008) I don’t read much in the way of romance novels: though I do like a good romance in a novel that’s actually about something else, I do read them from time to time. This one was … Continue reading

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BOOK TO SCREEN: Emma

(originally broadcast 2009, BBC) The first Austen adaptation I remember watching was the BBC’s Mansfield Park in 1983 with Sylvestra Le Touzel (what a fabulous name!), Anna Massey and Nicholas Farrell. I identified hugely with Fanny, though was not at … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Emma – Jane Austen

(originally published 1816) I had always rather steered clear of Emma, despite the eponymous character being my namesake, since all I had read about her seemed to suggest that she was not as delightful a heroine as, say, Elinor Dashwood … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Insatiable – Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is best known for her young adult and kids’ books, particularly her ten-strong The Princess Diaries series, but she’s a prolific author of light, often romantic stories which do also manage to grapple with the difficulties of teenage … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Sophie’s Turn – Nicky Wells

(self-published e-book 2011) Sophie is a journalist, more-or-less happily engaged to Tim, an accountant, when she meets up with members of the former rock band Tusk. In her late teens, we discover, Sophie had had a huge crush on the … Continue reading

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DISCUSSION: Unacceptable views?

I was reading a very interesting discussion last night on the Smart Bitches, Trashy Books blog (which generally reviews and discusses romance novels) which stemmed from one of the reviewer’s low rating of The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer – … Continue reading

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True Blood Omnibus – Charlaine Harris

(Gollancz e-book 2009) I must be one of the few people in Britain not to have a television, and as a result I’ve never seen ‘True Blood’, the television version of Charlaine Harris’s ‘Southern Vampire’ novel series narrated by Sookie … Continue reading

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