Tag: Historical Fiction

Where Hearts Meet by Maureen Driscoll

Posted May 19, 2017 by Minx
Where Hearts Meet by Maureen Driscoll

When reading the synopsis for Where Hearts Meet that was the sentence that caught my eye in particular and I knew I had to read this book. I was curious to see how Arabella would go about convincing Jonathan that he, indeed, did not need a wife. Why did Jonathan need to advertise for a wife in the first place? I was delighted to get my hands on a copy […]


The Miseries of Mister Sparrows by Matthew A.J. Timmins

Posted May 16, 2017 by Minx
The Miseries of Mister Sparrows by Matthew A.J. Timmins

The Miseries of Mister Sparrows is not just a title intended to gather your interest. This book is truly about the misery that Robin Sparrows has to endure at the behest of his employers. He has been charged with retrieving an item and delivering it to the most hated criminal of the times. Beyond his task there is not much else that happens that matters to him. That is not […]


Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley

Posted May 15, 2017 by Minx
Merely a Marriage by Jo Beverley

Let’s start with what I did like. The cover is beautiful and a bit saucy. Alrighty, now we move on to what did not work for me. The main character, Ariana Boxstall. At the start of this story I was just getting to know her and she was okay. I liked that she was looking out for her family and stood up for what she felt was right. I even […]


Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen

Posted May 12, 2017 by Minx
Taming a Savage Gentleman by Tammy Andresen

I do enjoy the Taming the Heart series and this addition is another gem! When I read the synopsis of Taming a Savage Gentleman and realized that this was the story of Tom Maddox I was all in. I adore the Maddox family and was excited to see how the events play out! As this story plays on the background information from the previous books you will get more of […]


The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

Posted May 3, 2017 by Minx
The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The time period is set in the 1930’s era of glamorous Hollywood and the location is a small town set outside of Los Angeles, California. The story starts off with Irene on the run from a situation that she did not fully understand. What she did understand was a message from beyond the grave from her employer that implored her to “run.” That was a fantastic way to start out […]


The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

Posted April 27, 2017 by Minx
The Baker’s Secret by Stephen P. Kiernan

The Baker’s Secret is a powerful tale of the indomitability of the human spirit even under the worst circumstances. This story takes place in the small village of Vergers. This is a quaint town settled on the Normandy coast of France and has been under occupation by the Germans for several years. It is here that we meet Emmanuelle, at the start of the occupation she is the assistant baker […]


Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon, Review with Excerpt

Posted March 17, 2017 by Minx
Deception in Emeralds by Laura Landon, Review with Excerpt

Deception in Emeralds is a sweet little regency romance. Although it is part of a series it absolutely can be read as a stand-alone. I did not feel that I was missing anything by not having read the previous books.  There is a traitor to the Crown that has proved most nefarious and slippery. Having lost several agents already, this mission has been classified as need to know information only […]


Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

Posted March 16, 2017 by Minx
Taming a Rake into a Lord by Tammy Andresen

I love it when a series will bring back characters from previous installments and give them a true part in the story. Taming a Rake into a Lord includes the main characters from the previous three books in the Taming the Heart series. Which I just loved. They give the book a family/friendship vibe that is heartwarming and carries through until the end. In order to enjoy this book, it […]


A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

Posted March 15, 2017 by Minx
A Lady in Disguise by Sandra Byrd

While reading the synopsis, I thought that the character of Miss Gillian Young was going to be sleuthing out clues to her father’s death. Something more along the lines of a female Sherlock Holmes. The investigation was nothing like that. Mostly it is Gillian asking questions to the police and others in hopes of learning something substantial. There is danger that seems to follow her around and the suspense is […]


Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister, With an excerpt and Giveaway!

Posted March 13, 2017 by Minx
Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister, With an excerpt and Giveaway!

Praise for Girl in Disguise “The best book I read in 2016 hasn’t been published yet. Historical fiction at its best…. a rollicking tale. ” – Publishers Weekly “Electrifying…a rollicking nineteenth-century thrill ride.”  ―Amy Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of Girl Waits with Gun “an exciting, well-crafted historical novel. Loaded with suspense and action, this is a well-told, superb story. ” – Publishers Weekly, STARRED Review “You’re going to […]


Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Posted March 9, 2017 by Minx
Can’t Buy Forever by Susan Laffoon

Can’t Buy Forever is a story about love, loss, and forgiveness. It also has fantasy elements, religious elements, and folklore. It was so much more than I expected. This story follows the lives of Odessa and Nicholas. At the start of the book, they have a connection that is amazing. There have been no physical actions on either of their parts to consummate the attraction because Odessa is young and […]


The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

Posted February 6, 2017 by Minx
The Bishop’s Girl by Rebecca Burns

I was intrigued at the start of this story. A group of men are gathered around a grave, waiting for a coffin to be revealed. Desecrating a grave is no little thing and everyone is a bit edgy. Then the diggers hit something, but it is not what they expect. It is a soft material; something is in this material. There is a woman wrapped in a tarp laid atop […]


The Haunted Manor: Torn Between Power and Love by Emilia Hartley

Posted January 30, 2017 by Minx
The Haunted Manor: Torn Between Power and Love by Emilia Hartley

A love story that includes malevolent spirits, yes please! I was very interested in reading this book because I wanted to see how well the author could combine true paranormal and romance. For me it was a winner! My favorite part of this book were the angry spirits. The scenes with the spirits were a bit spooky. The writing was well done, I could feel their anger and imagine them […]


Taming a Laird’s Wild Lady by Tammy Andresen

Posted January 10, 2017 by Minx
Taming a Laird’s Wild Lady by Tammy Andresen

I was very excited to get my hands on this book. When I read the previous installment in this series, Taming a Duke’s Wild Rose, I was introduced to the character of Elizabeth “Isla” Maddox. Even better was that there was a sneak peek of this story in the back of that book! I was hooked and snapped at the chance to read this story as soon as possible. Daring, […]


A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Posted January 4, 2017 by Minx
A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

It can never be denied that author Deanna Raybourn knows how to write a great mystery. I absolutely love reading a book that carries a mystery until the bitter end with plenty of twists and turns on the way. This newest book in the Veronica Speedwell Series delivered just that. In this installment I find that some of the criticisms I had for the first book have been resolved but some of […]


To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

Posted November 23, 2016 by Minx
To Capture What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin

I enjoyed the details that were a part of this story. So many wonderful details! I love when I am reading a story and the particulars are built upon, layer after layer. It is as if the author took my hand and led me through this story and discussed with me at length the world she created. I felt all the emotional pulls that were intended and I was engrossed […]


Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Posted October 7, 2016 by Minx
Revenants: The Odyssey Home by Scott Kauffman

Set mostly during the Vietnam War era, this story follows Betsy at the start of her downward spiral that is brought on after the death of her cherished brother Nathan. I appreciate that the author truly set the scene in the beginning with pop-culture references and ideas from the seventies. It made it very clear the time setting and therefore easier to settle in to the story. The heartbreak and […]


The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Posted August 12, 2016 by Minx
The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders

Have you ever read David Copperfield by Charles Dickens? If you had and wished for some exploration on the characters or some slight differences in their outcomes then I whole-heartedly suggest you read this tale. If you have never read David Copperfield then no worries, if you like crime, mystery and suspense then I also suggest this book to you. This book is touted as a new crime series and […]


Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

Posted August 10, 2016 by Minx
Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

I have been waiting for this book to come out since April and it is finally in my hot little hands. It was so much more than I had hoped for. It has the steampunk elements that I adore. It has vampires, shape-shifters, mediums and humans with exceptional qualities. Loved it! This book for me is amazing; it felt like it had a blending of Jane Eyre, The Hound of […]


Mr. Eternity by Aaron Their

Posted July 8, 2016 by Minx
Mr. Eternity by Aaron Their

The book is philosophical and deals with climate change and what makes history, well history. The tie that binds this entire book together is Daniel Defoe. He is basically a time walker who is telling his story through his tales mashed with history. In addition to his perceptions of history we also hear from five separate characters that had a personal interaction with Daniel and learn their personal reflections of […]