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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments What are your favorite historical romances?

I read the Longing for Home books by Sarah M. Eden last year and really enjoyed them:
Longing for Home (Longing for Home #1) by Sarah M. Eden Hope Springs (Longing for Home, #2) by Sarah M. Eden

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Sara mentioned the Proper Romance line. I already mentioned Sarah M. Eden's:
Longing for Home (Longing for Home #1) by Sarah M. Eden Hope Springs (Longing for Home, #2) by Sarah M. Eden

There are also some by Julianne Donaldson:
Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson Lost in Scotland by Julianne Donaldson

by Josi S. Kilpack:
A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack Lord Fenton's Folly by Josi S. Kilpack Forever and Forever The Courtship of Henry Longfellow and Fanny Appleton by Josi S. Kilpack A Lady's Favor by Josi S. Kilpack

and by Nancy Campbell Allen:
My Fair Gentleman by Nancy Campbell Allen Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen

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Charissa (charissastastny) | 169 comments Jennifer Moore has great historical romances also that are set all over the world. Here are a few:
Becoming Lady Lockwood Becoming Lady Lockwood by Jennifer MooreLady Helen Finds Her Song Lady Helen Finds Her Song by Jennifer MooreSimply Anna Simply Anna by Jennifer Moore

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Charissa (charissastastny) | 169 comments Another Historical romance that was fun (Matchmaker series for 2016) Love is Come (Power of the Matchmaker) by Heather B. Moore

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Charissa (charissastastny) | 169 comments This is a beautifully written story. Painting Rain by Annette K. Larsen

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Thanks for posting these! Sounds like a lot of good books!

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Cathy (cathyj) | 62 comments All of these are amazing books! I LOVE Shadow Mountain's Proper Romance line.

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Loving Leah by Lynne LarsonLoving Leah by Lynne Larson

Caught in the middle of a massacre in Lawrence, Kansas, during the Civil War, Leah Donaldson, a twenty-year-old Mormon governess, must risk everything to save two children in her care—and she lives to pay dearly for the decision. Young Ethan Pace loves Leah and can hardly stay still as she is taken away by the enemy for refusing to reveal where he and his sister are hiding.

Five years later, Ethan desperately searches for her, trying to reconcile all that has happened and grappling with his feelings for her. Still idealizing Leah, he hopes she has survived and that he can help her get to Zion and her people. But after everything she’s been through since they last met, will Leah overcome her regrets and allow love into her life? Will she come to see Ethan as the caring man he has become rather than the lovesick boy she once knew?

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War of Hearts by Annette LyonWar of Hearts by Annette Lyon

In December of 1939, Anna, a journalist, is desperate to escape the magazine where Pete, her ex-boyfriend, also works. Heartbroken and still in love with him, Anna snags an assignment to cover the Winter War in Finland.

She arrives at a snowy battlefront only to discover that Pete is there too—assigned to be her photographer. She determines to be professional about the situation, until a battle breaks out with Russians invading camp, putting her and Pete in harm’s way—and putting their love to the test.

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The Earl's Betrothal by Karen Tuft The Earl's Betrothal by Karen Tuft

Out of the war and into another, Captain Lord Anthony Hargreaves finds the politics of romance to be as uninviting a battle as the one that nearly cost him his life in Badajoz, Spain.

Wounded both mentally and physically from the Peninsular War in 1812, Anthony returns home to find that his older brother has died, placing Anthony next in line to inherit the estate. But he’s not ready for such responsibilities. And when Anthony’s dying father pleads with him to marry and produce an heir to preserve the family title, it nearly sends Anthony over the edge; nevertheless he dutifully faces a long line of hopeful young ladies who await him. No one grabs his attention, though, like Amelia Clarke, his mother’s stunning companion, who is off-limits for the earl. But when Anthony unwittingly puts Amelia in a compromising situation, he dedicates himself to protecting her reputation.

But the horrors Anthony faced while away from home have left him feeling broken and tormented. And Anthony finds himself drawn to Miss Clarke, the only one who can chase away his demons, but he must overcome the hostility of a society driven by class, a jealous duke bent on revenge, and himself—for could Amelia ever really love a haunted man?

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Kim | 47 comments Jenni James who is a popular young adult author has been asked to write an adult clean traditional regency era romance series. This is the first title:
The Bluestocking and the Dastardly, Intolerable Scoundrel (Regency Romance, #1) by Jenni James
The Bluestocking and the Dastardly, Intolerable Scoundrel
I really enjoyed this one. For those who are interested, it can also be borrowed from Kindle Unlimited or your Amazon Prime benefit library.

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Thanks for posting, Kim! It's always nice to know when someone enjoys a book--and when that book can be read through Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime!

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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa) (letsread) | 18 comments I hope this is the right place to put this. I browsed the bookshelf of LDS writers and just wanted to put a caution out about the earlier Carla Kelly books. They DO have sexual content. Her newer works are clean, but I would proceed with caution when reading her Harlequin romances.

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Thanks for the head's up, Lisa!

That's a good reminder that although someone may share your religious beliefs, he or she might have different opinions of what should and should not be in a novel. It's probably a good idea to check who published it and browse a few reviews.

And question to members: The group is about fiction by LDS authors, but I think most of us joined because we prefer clean reads, and "clean" and "by an LDS author" often overlap. "Clean" is a relative term, but is there a consensus on content issues that we all want to avoid? If a book has that, should we take it off our group shelves?

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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa) (letsread) | 18 comments A.L. wrote: "Thanks for the head's up, Lisa!

That's a good reminder that although someone may share your religious beliefs, he or she might have different opinions of what should and should not be in a novel. ..."

I personally am not a fan of censorship in any way. I feel that if people are warned in advance, they can decide if the content fits what they want to read. I say to leave them there. I have read a couple of them before I realized that there was a difference in writing. They are well written and have good messages behind the plot.

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Lisa wrote: "I personally am not a fan of censorship in any way. I feel that if people are warned in advance, they can decide if the content fits what they want to read. I say to leave them there. I have read a couple of them before I realized that there was a difference in writing. They are well written and have good messages behind the plot. "

That works for me!

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Lord Romney's Exquisite Widow (Regency Romance, #2) by Jenni James Lord Romney's Exquisite Widow by Jenni James

Four years ago, in order to save her family, Miss Catherine Poleton wed an earl old enough to be her grandfather. In doing so, she cast aside the advances of Lord Hamson, the only gentleman she had ever loved, and to the delight of her mother, became Lady Romney, the Countess of Huntingdon. However, she soon learned that it was not easy being married to someone so much older than herself—so much so that when Lord Romney died, Catherine vowed she would never wed again.

Lord Hamson believed he had moved on and was courting another when Lady Romney returned to town. Suddenly, his life was at sixes and sevens, and he could not deny that he felt the same for Catherine as he had before. But was it worth breaking his heart once more to renew his attentions, especially when the lady was determined not to have him? Or should he do what society expected and marry the girl he had nearly promised himself to?

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O'er The River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth O'er The River Liffey by Heidi Ashworth

Irish heiress Caroline Fulton knows this house party, ostensibly celebrating the victory of Waterloo, is really an audition: will she make a suitable wife?

Her host, an English lord, has already won over her father, who’s determined to buy a title with Caroline’s dowry. She is far from taken with the baron, however, especially once she meets Niall Doherty, the impoverished, perceptive tutor to her host’s younger brothers. He shares her love of Irish fairy tales and seems to guard a troubled past…but neither quality will earn Caroline’s father’s approval.

Part of the Power of the Matchmaker series.

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Summer House Party by Regina Scott Summer House Party by Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M Eden

Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Regina Scott, Donna Hatch, and Sarah M. Eden, for three new novellas in SUMMER HOUSE PARTY.

A ENGAGEMENT OF CONVENIENCE by Regina Scott. Kitty Chapworth is nearly a spinster, and an orphan living on the charity of her uncle, with nothing to recommend her for the marriage mart. Her primary purpose is relegated to acting chaperone for her cousins until she can see them successfully married. Kitty remains focused on her duty even though she knows her future is bleak. When Quentin Adair returns from a long ten years working in Jamaica and proposes a wild charade to Kitty, she agrees, although the plan might reawaken her old feelings for Quentin. Can a reformed rake convince the perfect chaperone to overlook propriety for love?

A PERFECT MATCH by Donna Hatch. Genevieve attends a summer house party hosted by her best friend who can’t wait to introduce her to a gentleman she wants to marry, Christian Amesbury. After meeting him, Genevieve determines Christian is perfect… for her. Torn between loyalty to her best friend and the yearnings of her heart, Genevieve must first escape the attention of a powerful lord who’s obsessed with her and who tries to rob her of any hope for a happily ever after.

THE PAUPERS’ HOUSE PARTY by Sarah M. Eden. It’s a rare event that Edward Downy and his brother are invited to a house party by a member of the ton. But when they arrive, Edward quickly realizes this house party is different than any other. All invited guests are quite destitute, fallen members of Society barely hanging onto their homes. The hosts of the house party, the Warricks, then make a stunning announcement—they intend to gift all their properties to one fortunate guest. As the guests race to impress the Warricks, Edward finds a fast friend in Agatha Holmwood, who shares his same aversion to the horrible expectations. But their growing fondness for each other only makes the game more painful.

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Laura Walker | 64 comments I love reading historical rom coms by Mary Connealy and Karen Witemeyer. I also enjoyed Jennie Hansen's series about "The Bracelet" and Jennifer Moore's "Miss Burton Unmasks A Prince." I also see that Karen Tuft has written a new historical romance. Have any of you read it?

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Cathy (cathyj) | 62 comments I LOVED Karen Tufts new one, The Earl's Betrothal!

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Between the Lines by Annette Lyon Between the Lines by Annette Lyon

Jane Martin is intelligent but extremely shy, especially around men. When the Aid and Cultural Society proposes a letter-writing program, Jane signs up, hoping she can find a friend across the miles. But the program doesn’t run as smoothly as expected.

Unbeknownst to her, Thomas Allred from town becomes her writing friend. Thomas has always known quiet Jane—or thought he did—but reading her letters addressed to his secret persona opens his eyes to what an amazing woman she is. Meanwhile, Jane has no idea that the romantic letters she receives are penned by Thomas—or that he’s falling in love with her in person.

Originally published as part of the Timeless Romance Anthology: Love Letter Collection.

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Willowkeep by Julie Daines Willowkeep by Julie Daines

Charlotte Darby’s ship is sinking. Penniless and alone, she is struggling to care for herself and her young sister in the harsh seaport town of Kingston upon Hull. When a solicitor from London brings news that she is the heir to a vast estate in Kent, it seems her days of rough seas are over. Willowkeep is prosperous and grand, far too much for a shipping merchant’s daughter to manage, and she quickly comes to rely on the help of Henry Morland, the estate’s kind and handsome steward.

Henry has worked hard his entire life, but all the money he’s saved won’t be enough to get his father out of debtor’s prison. Henry’s fondness for Charlotte and her sister is only another reminder of his low status and lack of money. Though he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Charlotte happy and looked after, as the county’s wealthiest lady, she can never be his.

Courted by a charming man of the ton, threatened by those desperate to get their hands on her money, and determined to keep her sister safe from the same fate that cost her the rest of her family, Charlotte turns to the ghost of the beheaded queen, Anne Boleyn, for help. But no matter the size of the fortune, life—and love—are never smooth sailing.

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The Heir of Brownlie Manor by Anita Stansfield The Heir of Brownlie Manor by Anita Stansfield

After a medical discharge from his duties in the Napoleonic War, Thomas Quincy Fitzbatten has returned home. Disoriented, burdened by guilt for his wealth, and disillusioned with life's injustices, Thomas longs for a chance to make a difference in the world. But he keeps himself a mystery to those around him, and another motive for his charity gnaws at the back of his mind: to seek redemption from the traumatic demons of war. Then everything changes at the arrival of Ruth Dawson, the niece of Thomas's butler, a stunning woman with a secret of her own. Thomas graciously offers to assist Ruth in her predicament, but a surprise instinct prompts Thomas to handle the case a little more personally—through marriage. As their love blossoms, it appears that all will be well—until Thomas receives a mysterious letter from an old friend in trouble, compelling him to the rescue. But what will Thomas do when nothing is as it seems? And why can't Ruth shake the feeling that her destiny is intertwined with Thomas's in a way they could never have imagined?

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Haunted by Love by Zina Abbott Haunted by Love by Zina Abbott

Beautiful Hazel Jessup arrives in Bridgeport, California, after being turned out by her guardian and sent across the country to join her sister. But Hazel has misgivings. She hasn’t had any response to the letters she’s sent to her sister for several months. When Hazel arrives at Hiram Leavitt’s inn, things take a turn for the worse when the man who’s been hired to see her safely to her destination betrays her. She is given a room she must share with another occupant—a specter named Charlotte, who only Hazel can communicate with.

Luther Caldwell prepares to leave Bridgeport with a wagonload of supplies for the mining town of Lundy. Hiram Leavitt begs him to take Hazel with him and reunite her with her sister. Though Luther has misgivings about transporting a young lady to Lundy on his freight wagon, he eventually agrees. Pretty Hazel laughs at his jokes and shares her own fanciful tale about an encounter with a ghost, the famed White Lady. As they draw closer to their destination, Luther becomes serious about only one thing—insuring that he wins Hazel’s heart. When she smiles at him, he knows he’s destined to be HAUNTED BY LOVE.

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Moonhaven Book One MacFarlane's Lantern by Kylie Fonoimoana Moonhaven Book One: MacFarlane's Lantern by Kylie Fonoimoana

Giselle Galloway, born to a Scotsman and a French noblewoman, is a natural fighter and fiercely defends her unconventional place in late seventeenth century society. Her father, a veteran member of the Royal Garde du Corps, is killed protecting King Louis XIV. Full of anger and betrayal, she desires revenge. Giselle vows to avenge him, and bring justice upon the traitor who stole him from her.

A woman of many talents, Giselle allies herself with the captain of the Garde and enters the world of espionage. To disguise her clandestine activities with the Garde, she also takes her father’s place as a representative of their family shipping company, all under the social mask of the daughter of a gentleman.

This world, and her reputation as a lady, however, rests on the broad shoulders of Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm MacFarlane, her clansman, her aunt’s brother, and heir to the Moonhaven Estate. Jilted from his poor treatment of her when they were children, can she trust him with their dangerous facades? Despite Malcolm’s promise to take care of her and see her oath to avenge her father fulfilled, her heart is at odds. She cannot entertain feelings she had long ago, not when she has given her hand to another. And yet…she cannot tear herself away from Malcolm and the thrill of adventure and prospect of hope he ignites within her.

Can she handle these liaisons with grace and prove she is a force to be reckoned with, or will her worlds—and families—collide?

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Her Fateful Debut A Regency Romance by G.G. Vandagriff Her Fateful Debut: A Regency Romance by G.G. Vandagriff

Beautiful Miss Penelope Swinton wants to live out her life as a spinster in her beloved Northamptonshire, but with an ailing father and an entailed estate, she must come to London and enter the Marriage Mart. And if she must marry, she is determined to marry for love.

In a brief respite from the social whirl of the season, she retreats from the restrictions of the ton to sketch in the park and stumbles over a French spy. When Penelope finds her life in danger, Viscount Beau Wellingham steps up to protect her, however he has secrets of his own. Wellingham leads a clandestine life as an agent for the Foreign Office trapping spies. In defending her life, he unwittingly puts her reputation at risk.

In order to save Penelope from society’s scorn, Beau presses for a betrothal. Though she resists, he insists. Soon Beau is unable to deny the attraction he feels towards her. Before he can act on his feelings, danger rises again. This time, his life is on the line.

With a desperate spy closing in, Penelope must choose the safety of what she has always known or a chance for love. But will she be too late?

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The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

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Robyn Echols | 21 comments I am featuring new release The Second Season by Heather Chapman on my blog today: including a book review. The Second Season: Even the Perfect Match May Not Be Enough to Win Her Heart

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Thanks for posting the link to your review, Robyn!

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The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden

He's the most fearsome sheriff in the West. A force to be reckoned with. The stuff of legend.

So is she. . . .

May the best sheriff win.

Paisley Bell knows the eccentric people of Savage Wells. From the absentminded shopkeeper who always thinks she's been robbed to the young man who has returned shell-shocked from the war, Paisley has compassion for them all. When the sheriff up and leaves town, Paisley steps up and assumes the responsibility, partly because she loves the work, but also because she needs the income to take care of her sick father. So when the town council decides that the position of sheriff should really go to a man, Paisley finds herself fighting to prove that she's the perfect candidate for the job, even though she wears a skirt.

Cade O'Brien is heartily sick of shooting people. In his many years as a lawman, Cade has seen his share of blood and violence. So when he answers an advertisement for a sheriff job in the sleepy town of Savage Wells, he believes he's found the peace and quiet he's always desired. But when he discovers that his biggest competition for the job is a woman, he begins to question his decisions.

Tension between the two begins to sizzle when both Cade and Paisley realize the attraction they have for each other, but when Paisley's former beau shows up in town, along with a band of bank robbers, the blossoming relationship between the two sheriffs is tested. They will have to work together to thwart the bank robbers and keep the town safe.

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A Place for Miss Snow by Jennifer Moore A Place for Miss Snow

Miss Diana Snow is everything a British chaperone should be—she finds satisfaction in order and depends wholly upon the rules of decorum as she negotiates the isle of Greece with her young charge. But Miss Snow's prim and proper exterior masks a disquieting past: orphaned and alone in the world, she has only her stiff upper lip to rely on. When a brief encounter with a handsome stranger challenges her rules of propriety, Diana is unwittingly drawn into an adventure that will turn her ordered world upside down.

Alexandros Metaxas is a Greek spy working to recruit individuals to the cause of revolution. His mission seems to be going perfectly until he encounters Diana Snow, a captivating—if slightly cold—beauty. When their paths cross again, the ill-fated reunion threatens all Alex has been fighting for. But more importantly, it places Diana's life in jeopardy. There is only one way to save her: they must put themselves at the mercy of the most powerful pirate family in the Mediterranean. Soon, Diana is plunged into a fantastic world of gypsy curses, blood feuds, and unexpected romance. But when a bitter vendetta places her in mortal danger, will she have the courage to fight for life and love?

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Scoundrel In Disguise (Journeys of the Heart, #2) by Shaela Kay Scoundrel In Disguise by Shaela Kay

For five years, Jameson Rex has harbored a startling secret. When his uncle uncovers the truth and threatens to expose him, the disinherited Rex removes to London in search of a wealthy wife. But rumors of his disgrace have already rippled through the ranks of society, marking Rex as a scoundrel, a rake, and worst of all: an ineligible bachelor.

The rumors flying through town are not all about Rex, however. Charming, vivacious, and completely unaffected, Sarah Mendenhall has quickly become the most sought-after débutante in London. Despite the masses vying for her affections, Sarah is resolved to enjoy her first season in town, and vows not to accept a single proposal, no matter how handsome or wealthy the gentleman offering may be.

Desperate for funds, Rex accepts a wager to woo the unconquerable Miss Mendenhall, embarking on a whirlwind courtship that puts both of their reputations on the line. But will his triumph be worth the price he must pay? Bound to secrecy, driven by duty, and forced to choose between saving her innocence and saving himself, Rex is determined that nothing will stop him from winning her heart—even if it makes him a scoundrel.

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Heart Strings (Music of the Heart Book 1) by Donna Hatch Heart Strings by Donna Hatch

Gently bred young ladies don’t run away from home to find employment, but when forced to choose between marrying a brutish oaf or becoming another man’s mistress, Susanna makes an unconventional decision. Following her passion for music, she flees to London with dreams of securing a position as a harpist. Becoming entangled with a handsome violinist who calls himself Kit, but who seems too aristocratic for a working-class musician, may be more problematic than sleeping in the streets.

Kit’s attention is captured by Susanna’s breath-taking talent, admirable grace, and winsome smiles… until a lawman exposes the new harpist as a runaway bride and a thief. With peril lurking in the shadows, Susanna’s imminent danger not only forces Kit to choose between his better judgment and his heart, but he must also embrace the life to which he swore he would never return.

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To Move the World by Regina Sirois To Move the World by Regina Sirois

Eve Brannon never had to bother planning out her future. In the Yorkshire dales where life is harder, it is also simpler. Next in line to inherit her family’s farm, she will raise another generation of children and sheep high in the uplands of England. Waiting until next year when she is 19 to marry her father’s handsome hired hand, Alan, is the detail she added herself.

But in 1939 even the most stalwart corners of the world are vibrating with the tremors of change. Eve’s long-anticipated proposal comes on the wings of losing Alan to the Royal Army and at the brink of the farm’s profitable war years the sheep herd is decimated by a mysterious illness. With her steady future suddenly in the clutches of a capricious fate, Eve is introduced to Jonathon Doran, a land manager anxious to prove himself in a crisis, and she discovers that the solid earth beneath her feet is moving after all.

Part of the Power of the Matchmaker series.

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The Governess by Kristen McKendry The Governess by Kristen McKendry

For Kate Porter in 1880s Canada, working as a governess is simply a means to an end, and she aspires to a high-society future that will lift her out of her middle-class existence. When she accepts a new position as tutor to Alonzo Colaco's children, she sees it as a step in the direction of her dreams. She eagerly envisions a grand house awaiting her...but when her new employer meets her at the train station driving a gaily painted gypsy wagon, Kate suspects her new job will not be all she anticipated.

Kate finds herself living in the woods in a refitted train car as she teaches the charming children of Alonzo, a tinker by trade. After trying in vain to secure another job, Kate is left with little choice. She must simply bide her time until a better position comes along. Soon, however, she abandons her preconceptions along with her bustle in favor of the joys of a simple life---and the possibility of true love. But when opportunity knocks, will Kate really be ready to walk away from all she has come to care about to pursue her high-society dreams?

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Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch Courting the Countess by Donna Hatch

When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love.

Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?

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Jennie | 121 comments I reviewed two contemporary romances on Meridian this morning.

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A. L. Sowards | 2434 comments Great reviews! Thanks Jennie.

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Love for All Seasons Four Inspirational Historical Romance Novellas by Stacy Henrie Love for All Seasons: Four Inspirational Historical Romance Novellas by Stacy Henrie

A Long Winter Kiss

As Samantha and Rex’s childhood friendship matured into young love, they promised their hearts to one another, even as Rex headed off to war. But their hope for a bright future was shattered when Rex succumbed to his belief that the horrors of war had made him a man no woman could love. Now he has returned, and Samantha must help Rex see that he still has much to give—and much more to gain—by replacing fear with faith and opening himself to love.

An Unlikely Spring Courtship

Tempest worked hard to secure her independence as a woman running her own mercantile, so when Bram has the audacity to open a competing shop in a town with only enough room for one, Tempest is driven to despair. And then to retaliation. But when tragedy strikes their community and threatens everything they both hold dear, will they be able to recognize that what they share is far more important than what separates them?

A Summer for Love

Loralee’s life has changed dramatically in the eight years since she’s last seen the resort town of Bayocean, but one thing that has never changed is her feelings for Wyatt, a man she promised to meet at the resort on a specific day if they were both still unattached. When Wyatt appears on that date, as hopeful and uncertain as Loralee, the two must see if an old and abiding love has outlasted the changes wrought by time—and begin to build a new life together.

Romance in Autumn

Phoebe and James grew up together but apart in the same beautiful mansion, he as the son of the owners, she as the daughter of a servant. In the years since, Phoebe’s fortunes have changed dramatically, and she carries the dream of one day owning the mansion that is still close to her heart. Until James—now a deeply compelling man—delivers the bad news that securing the purchase will be all but impossible. As Phoebe reluctantly relinquishes her dream, she will also look deep into her soul to learn that a true home might exist in her budding love for James.

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A Country Christmas (Timeless Regency Collection Book 5) by Josi S. Kilpack A Country Christmas by Josi S. Kilpack, Jennifer Moore, and Carla Kelly

Three brand new Regency Romance novellas by Josi S. Kilpack, Carla Kelly, and Jennifer Moore.

When Neville Franklin’s best friend Burke wants to wager who can kiss Eloise first, Neville puts a stop to it. Eloise has been his friend since childhood, and, well, she’s off-limits. Especially to Burke. As Burke pursues Eloise and claims that she has a tendre for him, Neville becomes more and more protective of the girl he grew up with. On the night of the Christmas ball when Eloise appears in a dress that clearly shows that she is no longer a girl, but a beautiful woman, Neville realizes that his protective feelings toward Eloise have turned into something greater. But now, Neville’s best friend stands in his way.

Sailing Master Able Six is on half-pay with the British navy, biding his time during the uneasy Peace of Amiens and the resumption of war. Meanwhile, he’s invited to teach young pupils at the home of a vicar outside of Plymouth. There, he unexpectedly meets Meridee, the spinster sister-in-law of the vicar. From the moment Able sees Meridee, he’s entranced. When she asks him about his past and discovers his remarkable yet troublesome gift, he realizes he’s finally found someone who can care for all of him. Sadly, Able’s low station and half-pay gives him no way to provide for a wife. Meridee’s lack of dowry and dependence on relatives makes their union impossible at best. But isn’t Christmas a season of hope?

Archie Clawson wants nothing more than to give Jane the perfect Christmas. Since her troubled childhood, she’s not experienced a Christmas with all the trimmings. To top off the perfection, he also plans to ask her to marry him on Christmas Eve. But as he and his friends, including Jane, travel to his country home, they are caught in a snowstorm and discover that notice of their arrival did not get through to the house staff. Worried over the disappointment he must be causing Jane and the complete shift in their planned Christmas, Archie fears that he’s misinterpreted her kindness towards him and lost her favor forever.

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To Suit a Suitor by Paula Kremser To Suit a Suitor by Paula Kremser

“She moved closer, holding her breath. She could see the small creature rubbing its front legs together, oblivious to her approach. She desperately wanted to prove to herself that she could catch something.”

Much to her mother’s annoyance, Julia North can’t catch a husband.

After what seems like the hundredth lost suitor, Julia leaves London to visit a distant cousin, hoping to forget about husband hunting for a time. She inadvertently finds herself in the society of Henry Chamberlain, the most desirable gentleman in Somersetshire.

With every young lady in town competing for his attention, Julia assumes she doesn’t have a chance. What she doesn’t know is that her desire to avoid Henry’s attention may be the very thing that catches it…

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The Sweetest Challenge (Sons of Worthington Book 5) by Marie Higgins The Sweetest Challenge by Marie Higgins

Melinda Stewart was far from being a debutante, but she must disguise what she really did during the day to keep food on the table. When a wealthy businessman enters her life and wants to buy her land, she’s torn between giving up her deceased father’s dream—and wanting to give her heart to this stranger.

Morgan Drake doesn’t take no for an answer, but ever since meeting the very lovely Miss Stewart, all of his business ethics have been pushed aside. Now, the lonely man who never had time for a wife, wants to change, and he wants Miss Stewart to be the woman beside him. If only he can convince her that he’s not the terrible person she believes him to be.

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The Second Season by Heather Chapman The Second Season by Heather Chapman

“Have you ever considered that because you see me for what I am, I find you attractive? Surely everyone must have their equal.”

Even the perfect match may not be enough to win her heart.

Caroline is not looking forward to this year’s Season in London. Her mother already has schemes for her marriage prospects—and none of them include love, it seems.

Caroline has second thoughts when a dashing young duke begins to pursue her, but he’s not the only young man she has found herself falling for.

Caught between ambition and desire, Caroline may gamble her heart away without even realizing it…

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From Cairo, With Love (Timeless Romance Single) by Nancy Campbell Allen From Cairo, With Love by Nancy Campbell Allen

Valentine Baker longs for adventure, so when the opportunity comes to travel to Venice and be a companion for the unconventional Contessa, she takes it—but they don’t stay in Venice long. Valentine finds herself on a ship bound for Cairo so the Contessa can hunt down a thief at one of her archeological digs there. Before they ever get close to the coast of Egypt, however, the ship is threatened by a violent storm and someone has an ulterior motive for sticking close to the Contessa and her traveling companions.

Mr. Maxwell is assigned to protect the Contessa and the charming Valentine. He tries to keep his distance, but her warm nature and easy laugh draw him in. He soon comes to cherish their time together, until someone attempts to drug him, and the aftermath reveals serious consequences for Valentine. He’ll do anything to keep her safe and her reputation intact, yet with treachery on board and his heart at stake, Mr. Maxwell must make a choice that will change his life forever. Can he win the woman of his dreams or will whoever wants to hurt them get close enough to take away his one chance for love?

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Lady a by Cassie M Shiels Lady a by Cassie M Shiels

Lady A is in terrible danger, an annoying side effect of her brother’s latest scheme.

Forced to run for her life from a madman she must return to the one place she vowed never to go again or die.

After a failed attempt on her life leaves her without a name and her memories, Lady A must fight to regain them in order to help the handsome prince defeat the madman, who is threatening their kingdom.

But will she remember in time?

Or will she lose everyone and everything she loves?

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