Loving the Marquess by Suzanna Medeiros is pretty good. It was well written; I only found a few typos. The story line was interesting. It had the requisite strong, troubled hero with a mysterious disease that killed his father and brother and a heroine in financial distress. He needs and heir before he dies and she and her brother and sister need somewhere to live. There were even some characters – his grandmother and her sister – who were a little more fleshed out and fun to read about.
The thing that ruined it for me was the frequent, too explicit sex scenes. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being XXX-rated, I’d give this story a 7. Keep in mind, though, that I don’t like any sex scenes in a Regency Romance. I think some authors – not this one specifically – need to go back and reread Jane Austen. I wish Amazon, Goodreads, etc. would come up with … Read more
I read in a variety of genres from historical romances set in various time periods: Regency England, Tudor England, Medieval, Italian Renaissance and modern day, to psychological suspense, memoirs, true stories, literary novels and anything else that catches my attention. I use the website Bookbub.com to find new, discounted, e-books to read on my iPad.
Here are a few of the books I’m planning to read this summer. I’d love to know what’s on your list! There is a place to comment at the bottom of every post.
The Unquiet Daughter, A Memoir by Danielle Flood. This is a sequel to Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and tells the story of a young girl and her dysfunctional mother.
Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line by Michael Gibney. A minute-by-minute account of the life of a sous chef in a popular restaurant owned by a famous chef.
Notes from an Exhibition: A Novel by Patrick Gale. From the Amazon … Read more
I loved this clean Regency Romance. Miss Armistead is well-rounded, thoughtful and has great integrity. She grew up in Bengal, India and is betrothed to a blind soldier. She is in London to get ready for her wedding. Her betrothed is expected to arrive in about six-to-eight weeks.
During that time, she meets the hero, Colin, who is recovering from a broken heart and falls – hard – for her. Still, he is kind, passionate with a conscious, and has great integrity. As they fall in love they never forget her blind soldier. Although she loves Colin more than she ever thought possible and realizes she only agreed to marry the soldier because she felt sorry for him, she cannot turn her back on him. Colin is devastated but understands. Things take a surprising turn when the soldier arrives from India and, as it should always … Read more
I wasn’t sure I would like “A Vision of Light, A Margaret of Ashbury Novel” the first book in a trilogy about Margaret of Ashbury by Judith Merkle Riley. I decided to give it a try based on its reviews. Although I love British history, I’ve never been all that interested in Medieval times. I am so glad I gave it a chance! I was enthralled with Margaret, her life, the times, her friends and enemies. This look at the lives of people in the Middle Ages, and the power of the Catholic church, was fascinating. I have rarely read a book with such a strong female character.
The book begins when she is a child and follows her through a horrific marriage, a Vision and Gift from God, her life and training as a midwife, her brush with a charge of heresy … Read more