Category Archives: Romance

Thornyhold – Mary Stewart

(Kindle e-book 2011, originally published 1988) I’d held off getting this one since I was hoping to win a copy in the Brown Paper giveaway: sadly, it was not to be, so I bought it for my Kindle. Geillis Ramsey … Continue reading

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False Colours – Georgette Heyer

(Random House e-book 2005, originally published 1963) This is one of my favourites of Georgette Heyer’s historical novels – unusually, it’s told predominantly from the viewpoint of the hero, a nice touch. Christopher Fancot, working for the diplomatic service in … Continue reading

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The Nonesuch – Georgette Heyer

(Random House e-book 2005, originally published 1962) In Heyer’s later years, she wrote a number of historical romances featuring slightly older heroines (in their late twenties rather than their late teens), and The Nonesuch is one of these. Ancilla Trent … Continue reading

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The books of Mary Stewart – part 3

Apologies for the delay in posting the last of these three posts about Mary Stewart’s novels – the first two parts are here and here. Last in the current tranche of books read was Touch Not The Cat (1976), which … Continue reading

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The books of Mary Stewart – Part 2

Continuing this review of Mary Stewart’s ‘romance-suspense’ novels (part one here), the next book I read was another set in Europe. Airs Above the Ground (1965) is set in Austria, and follows Vanessa and her friend’s young son, Timothy, as … Continue reading

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The books of Mary Stewart – part 1

Mary Stewart is perhaps best known for her five Arthurian novels, beginning with The Crystal Cave (which I haven’t read, and thus am not going to write about now), but I first came across her ‘romantic-suspense’ novels some time ago … Continue reading

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Lisa and Co. – Jilly Cooper

(Corgi e-book: stories from 1967-1981, collected 1981) This is an entertaining if rather dated collection of short stories about love and loss; dated because of the attitudes on display towards working women, and those of the women themselves, who seem … Continue reading

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The Blades of the Rose – Zoe Archer

(Zebra e-book bundle, 2010) Warrior / Scoundrel / Rebel / Stranger Having read these four books consecutively, I think it’s easier to write about them together rather than separately. The Blades of the Rose is an international organization, with their … Continue reading

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Nightingale Wood – Stella Gibbons

(Virago Modern Classics 2009, originally published 1938) Stella Gibbons wrote many books in the early 20th century, but is unfortunate to be known really for only one, the delightful and funny Cold Comfort Farm – a satire of the Rural … Continue reading

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A Civil Campaign – Lois McMaster Bujold

(Baen 2010, originally published in 1999) I shouldn’t have read this book out of order, since there are so many references to events occurring in previous books in Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga, particularly Komarr, which immediately precedes A Civil Campaign, that … Continue reading

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