Lady Traveller's Guide To Happily Ever After
(Lady Travelers Society, Book 4)
Fiction, victorian, Historical
HarperCollins UK, Mills and Boon Historicals
August 27, 2019
Can she find her Happily Ever After... #1 New York Times bestselling author
For the past seven years, Viola Branham has enjoyed the luxury of traveling the world as an independent woman, and confining her awkward past to a distant, if painful, memory. But now she has been summoned home to England over a stipulation in the will of her late uncle, the Earl of Ellsworth, one that decrees she lose everything unless she reconciles with the man who broke her heart and ruined her life—her husband.
This was a lovely book, well written and Victorian times, were not
missish about sex nor innocent – as was said – women share, even their most
We have independent women who are not afraid to go off and find out
about the world with no men in tow or to ‘protect’ them, but are happy to take
trains, ferries and other forms of transport to go to, what were then
considered, tricky places to reach such as Egypt. To learn languages and to
make friends – even risqué friends.
It is a romance and we do have the normal ups and downs of the genre but
it is written in such a way as to make it believable that the characters would
act that way.
I liked Violet from the start and gradually fell for James – the winks did it for me… I could just visualise them.. which is the sign of a good story-teller. I look forward to reading more from Victoria Alexander.
Ps – the book cover shows Regency dress, Violet wears a bustle! We are
in Victorian times in this book.
Joy to the Duke
(Love is All Around Book 3)
Darcy Burke Publishing
Pub Date 12 Nov 2019
Denied the woman of his dreams by his father’s meddling, Calder Stafford, has spent the last decade proving himself to be self-sufficient, austere, and utterly uninterested in joy. Now that he is the Duke of Hartwell, he’ll enact his revenge by abolishing the holiday traditions his father loved so well. His sisters will not sway him and neither will the woman—newly returned to town—who was stolen from him.
Returning to Hartwell to care for her mother, widow Felicity Garland is delighted to be back home, especially for the holidays. However, the jolly festivities she expects are nowhere to be found. When she goes to the source of the problem—the duke—she’s astonished to see how much the young man she once loved has hardened. It’s up to her to break through the impenetrable fortress around his heart—not just to save Christmas, but to save him.
As always a nice read from Darcy. We follow up Mr
Grump from the previous novels and his love life and what happened with him and
The storyline continues with orphans and women who
need homes due to missing husbands for whatever reason and we have a type of
Dickens Xmas novel without the ghosts of Christmas Past but lots of Actions of
Father’s Past to replace it.
This book really just rounds up the story lines from
the previous novels in the series without any more social commentary of the era
– except a side of doctors bleeding people when they are very ill which really
did no good at all. Doctors were basically, mostly, incompetent and a
transmitter of diseases.
The Princess Plan
A Royal Wedding, Book 1
Fiction, Historical Romance, Victorian Mystery
November 19, 2019
Passion. Intrigue. Love. “This is a perfect historical romance” – Sunday Times Bestselling Author Sarah Morgan “The gorgeous characters and the wit and charm made this a book I simply didn’t want to put down. I was willing Eliza and Sebastian on to their fairytale happy ending!” – Nicola Cornick
London’s high society loves nothing more than a scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it’s all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip off about the crime, forcing Sebastian to ask for her help in his quest to find his friend’s killer.
With a trade deal on the line and mounting pressure to secure a noble bride, there’s nothing more dangerous than a prince socialising with a commoner. Sebastian finds Eliza’s contrary manner as frustrating as it is seductive, but they’ll have to work together if they’re going to catch the culprit. And soon, as temptation becomes harder to ignore, it’s the prince who’ll have to decide what comes first—his country or his heart.
what can we say about this book? Very different from any other historical book
and I love the Gazette – and the chaotic household of the Judge and the
sisters, and all their escapades.
course, there is also a Prince and a Trade Deal, else how would there be a
Princess? But a Prince can’t marry a Commoner especially one that has been
outed as in Society as being deceived badly by the man she thought was her fiancée.
But they didn’t quite know just how far she had gone with her fiancée or
matters would have been even worse.
has a strange habit for women of that period – she repairs clocks. Which is a
very fiddly task indeed and she has courage and a certain amount of bravado as
she believes she is no longer a marriage prospect which enables her to be
rather more cavalier about her behaviour.
these sisters and I am sure that there will be more books about them, but
starting with Eliza was good.
written with lots of plots and some twists and fun. And some reality as to how
people would have really lived if they were middle-class rather than society
by Erica Ridley
Historical Fiction , Romance
Pub Date 22 Oct 2019
The Duke of Azureford isn’t the arrogant, aloof lord his peers perceive him to be. Yes, he’s awkward, but he has a plan to fix it. In order to woo a respectable lady, he must learn how to flirt. The completely inappropriate girl next door would make a perfect instructor, but a terrible duchess. So why can’t he walk away? Incorrigible hoyden Miss Carole Quincy likes billiards, fast carriages, and the beautiful, buttoned-up Duke of Azureford. She’d be delighted to help him out of his shell and into her arms. Who cares if they’re just pretending to flirt? The heady, breath-taking, soul-consuming feeling inside her runaway heart surely can’t be love… The 12 Dukes of Christmas is a series of heartwarming Regency romps nestled in a picturesque snow-covered village. After all, nothing heats up a winter night quite like finding oneself in the arms of a duke!
A short xmas novella in the Xmas town, high in the mythical English mountains. where they get lots of snow, almost all year round. New England one suspects…
Cute and funny. Love a heroine who can play billiards
because she knows her geometry! Not me alas, but why not? I have friends who
are architects/engineers and can do all this, it was just the social customs
then that made females un-emancipated.
The Red Hot Earl
Love is All Around Book #1
by Darcy Burke
Darcy Burke Publishing
Pub Date 24 Sep 2019
The Earl of Buckleigh was once an untitled misfit, tormented at Oxford. Now, he’s overcome his challenges and is eager for the future, especially when his oldest and dearest friend, Bianca, needs help to save the annual holiday party. Ash has a plan to rescue the event, but when the bullies from his youth are up to their old tricks, he must risk everything to put the past behind him and find true love. Furious when her brother refuses to host the St. Stephen’s Day party, Lady Bianca Stafford is committed to giving the villagers their celebration. In Ash, she sees salvation for their local tradition, and perhaps a future she never expected. But her brother has other plans for her—a Season and marriage, and not to Ash. When disaster strikes, everything she cares about is threatened and it will take a miracle—or a hero—to save the day. The Red Hot Earl is inspired by the song and story, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The thing I like about Darcy Burke is that in each book she explores an aspect of society apart from the whole historical romance and women’s lib in the 1800s.
looks at the problem of people having Tourette’s when it wasn’t realised to be
a medical syndrome.
Tourettes is a neurological disorder characterized
by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called
tics. The disorder is named for
Dr. Georges Gilles de la Tourette, the pioneering
French neurologist who in 1885 first described the condition.
Before this time it was thought to be a ‘problem that
could be cured by [harsh] treatment and was voluntary on the part of the
sufferer. Of course, the more people tied to ‘cure’ it, the worse the syndrome
became as stress aggravates, as with stuttering and so on.
So we found here in the Earl in question.
he also had was, although he didn’t know it, but suspected, he had a 50% chance
of passing the syndrome on to his children.
So add that to a nice Regency romance and you
get a book worth reading.