To be honest, I hadn't read an inspirational romance by Jill Marie Landis before I picked this one up. Wow. I've been missing out in a big way and didTo be honest, I hadn't read an inspirational romance by Jill Marie Landis before I picked this one up. Wow. I've been missing out in a big way and didn't even know it. I've long been an avid fan of her American historical romances because I love stories that let me soar emotionally, and she is the master at writing them. She did it again in HOMECOMING. From the very first paragraph, she grabs you by the heart and won't let go.
She expertly weaves a heart-wrenching story about a white woman taken captive and adopted by the Comanche who is "rescued" and suddenly finds herself in what to her is an alien culture, struggling to understand how to fit it, and whether she even wants to fit in. Her situation is further complicated by being placed with a kind, but deeply scarred, Christian woman and her embittered grown son, who have suffered unspeakable loss as the result of a Comanche raid. In a beautifully written, captivating style, Jill draws you into the lives of these wounded souls who are struggling to find peace and purpose, faith, and ultimately love.
Just to tell you how much I loved this book, I stayed up all night to read it...and I'm still thinking about it this morning. This book lays the foundation for the IRISH ANGELS series. Now I'm off to load those on my Kindle....more
"It was strange how a day could go south quicker than a steam locomotive on a downhill slope."
With her very first sentence, Linda Broday had me hooked"It was strange how a day could go south quicker than a steam locomotive on a downhill slope."
With her very first sentence, Linda Broday had me hooked on Texas Mail Order Bride. Well, I am partial to steam locomotives, but what really grabbed me from the first chapter is the way Linda sets up the perfect conflict in what could’ve been a standard mail-order bride story. She flips the trope on its head, and adds a twist of mystery and danger that’ll keep you turning the pages.
Delta Dandridge shows up in Battle Creek with a fistful of letters from a suitor, Cooper Thorne. Only Cooper didn’t write those letters, and he rejects her right off, despite being attracted to her, despite her obvious sincerity, despite what would’ve been the gentlemanly thing to do—marry the girl. He’s a bachelor, he explains (like a dimwit) and content to stay that way.
Cooper goes back to his lonely ranch, and Delta finds herself respectable employment and thumbs her nose at the man who spurned her. Good for her! I love heroines who are strong ladies, and Delta is both. Now before you get too put out with Cooper, the rancher has his good side, and you see it in his mile-wide protective streak toward his brothers, an abused woman and her child, and ultimately, Delta.
These two complex characters are feisty, tortured by their pasts and hardheaded as a pair of mules. But when they’re together on the page, oh man, do the sparks fly! And the love scenes are oh so sexy without being over the top.
Just as well drawn are the characters who surround them, the other brothers and residents of the town, who bring you into their lives and leave you wanting more. Broday deftly weaves in touches of history with her creation of a town at an actual battle site (so clever), and then we see that town come to life through Delta's eyes.
I won’t tell you the rest of the story. If you love Western historical romance, you’ll want to read this book, as well as the rest of the series, The Bachelors of Battle Creek. ...more
How refreshing to discover a historical romance series featuring the American aristocracy. Rather than Regency London, this novel is set in pre-CivilHow refreshing to discover a historical romance series featuring the American aristocracy. Rather than Regency London, this novel is set in pre-Civil War New York City, which warred with Boston for the quality and quantity of Yankee blue bloods. The eccentric Fitzpatrick family rather reminds me of Julia’s Quinn’s Bridgertons--and you know it’s impossible to read just one of their stories.
The heroine of The Duplicitous Debutante, Rosemary Fitzpatrick, authors dime novels under a pen name that would imply she is a he. When her new publisher, Henry Cooper, insists on meeting the “reclusive” author in person, it sets up a potential disaster and a good reason for Rosemary to fear being terminated. She comes up with an ingenious ruse, but Henry is nobody’s fool. Her continued attempts to deceive him compound the problem, especially when she finds she’s irresistibly attracted to her new boss. It’s fun to watch them parry and to guess what each will do next. There was a point when I was yelling at Rosemary to just confess and be done with it. She didn't listen to me.
The dialog, particularly between the main characters, is engaging and witty. In addition, the author weaves fencing terminology throughout the hero’s point of view, while Rosemary’s story cleverly parallels the dime novel she’s writing. This gives the reader a sense of the characters’ personalities and quirks, and makes their love story all the more enjoyable.
Becky Lower has a wonderful voice for historical romance and layers in just enough historical detail to create the sense of being a part of the Fitzpatrick's world, not merely showing up as an observer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be reading the rest of the series....more
Between Heaven & Hell is a fire-cracker of a love story with the perfect blend of fascinating characters, intense emotion, historical interest andBetween Heaven & Hell is a fire-cracker of a love story with the perfect blend of fascinating characters, intense emotion, historical interest and fast-paced action. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down until I finished it. The story follows a wagon train journey across the American frontier. Along with the romance, there are multiple story lines woven together that give the book greater depth and interest. The author's lyrical narrative is a joy to read and she truly brings the setting to life.
The conflicts faced by these characters are serious and believable. Hannah, who lost her parents as a child and was raised by an Indian tribe, feels more Indian than white. Paden Callahan, the wagon master who hires her as a scout, is a tortured soul with a violent past that includes killing Indians in retaliation for his wife's vicious murder. These two tough survivors are drawn to each other, yet they struggle with painful pasts, preconceived notions and even prejudice. Kudos to Jacqui Nelson for introducing a multi-cultural cast and taking on tough issues with understanding and sensitivity. With this book, she's raised the bar for Western historical romance....more
Somehow I missed this book the first time it came out. I'm glad I discovered it when she rereleased it. Granted it's a Western setting, but don't consSomehow I missed this book the first time it came out. I'm glad I discovered it when she rereleased it. Granted it's a Western setting, but don't consign it to one bookshelf. If you enjoy classic historical romance you'll find this story satisfying because it strikes all the right chords. Strong, intriguing characters, sparks flying, conflict galore and enough heat to keep you warm on a winter's night. ...more