With RWA fast approaching, this week has been heavy on the romance, both re-reads and new reads.
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Dream a Little Dream.
I came late to SEP, but I’ve made up for it with a lot of re-reading. This one, about a woman at the end of her chance and the end of her rope, desperate to find a way to provide a home for her little boy, is one of my favorites. There’s something about survivors, whether it’s on the prairie a la Little House, or in the modern world, that has always appealed to me.
— Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ain’t She Sweet.
I didn’t realize until I read this back to back with Dream a Little Dream how much they have in common– town pariah returns home to find missing treasure. But despite those superficial similarities, it’s a very different story. SEP’s Sugar Beth has a little bit in common with our own Mary Alsworthy and her Colin has more than a little Lord Vaughn in him. I also love that she uses Georgette Heyer quotes as chapter headings.
— Jo Beverley, Forbidden.
Once I got over my “not another Regency woman who decides she’s going to be a courtesan!” hissy fit, I very much enjoyed this book. Beverley does a very good job of showing the gradual growth of a woman broken by spousal abuse. The only warning is that for those who haven’t read her prior Rogues books, all the cameos can be a bit confusing.
— Susan Wiggs, Just Breathe.
Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you while reading this. I teared up. A lot. After Charm School last week, I decided to try one of Wiggs’ contemporary romances on the off chance– and I’m so glad I did. She’s a wonderful writer with a knack for creating vivid settings and complex characters.
And now I’m off to the Poisoned Pen Conference to stock up on more books!
What have you been reading?