The Painter’s Daughter

A Book Review

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Stephen was used to cleaning up his brother’s messes, but is he going too far when he offers to marry the woman his brother used and discarded? Can Sophie marry the dark brother of the man she loves just to save herself from scandal?

So many questions circle Sophie’s mind, but there is very little time to make up her mind before Stephen leaves for war again.

Will marrying a man she hardly knows be her salvation, or her doom?

A Noble Masquerade

A Book Review

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In a time when etiquette ruled, and women didn’t talk to men unless they had been properly introduced, Lady Miranda Hawthorne secretly writes letters to her brother’s best friend. Letters, due to their delicate contents, she never intended for anyone’s eyes but her own.

Then her brother’s new, unconventional, valet does the unthinkable.

He mails one of the letters to the man, a mysterious young duke thought to be the most eligible bachelor of the season. Miranda’s modification knows know bounds when she receives his reply.

Through Waters Deep

A Book Review

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Mary didn’t want the spotlight. She didn’t want to be noticed. As an adult, she has found a way to use her anonymity to help solve a series of “accidents” in the navy shipyard where she works.

Then Jim shows up.

She’d loved him since childhood, but he was enamored with her best friend. Now, with the US teetering on the brink of war, Mary and Jim find themselves together again. But can she find out who is trying to sabotage the ship before Jim and his crew sink?

Not By Sight

A Book Review

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Grace Mabry is a woman of passion. She believes that all able-bodied men should be fighting for England in the Great War – just like her brother. But she is infuriated that men like Jack Bennington, heir to a great estate, can’t make himself enlist and join the fight. Armed with a white feather, Grace waltzes into a masquerade ball and hand Jack the symbol of his cowardice.

Little does she realize the truth behind the man and the terrible consequences that her actions produce in his life.

A Worthy Pursuit

A Book Review

A Worthy Pursuit

Charlotte can’t change the headmaster’s mind about closing down the school, but she will protect her deceased friend’s daughter from the girl’s rich, exploiting grandfather. Things get tricky, however, when the grandfather puts a bounty on Charlotte’s head.

As a former teacher, I can understand Charlotte’s need to shelter and care for her students. I appreciate her drive to help these gifted pupils reach their full potential. But as a mother, I value the love and dedication that Charlotte shows. Against all odds, she risks everything to protect the ones she holds dear.

This is a historical romance, so I would be remiss if I did not mention the bounty hunter – Stone. He’s a dedicated man, determined to see his job through so right can prevail. But what will he view as right?

The Trouble With Patience

The Trouble With Patience by Maggie Brendan

Some of the first novels I read were set in the old west. I love the time period and the rugged adventures the setting promises. It’s expected that we will find daring heroes, outlaws, and women with spunk and grit.

The Trouble With Patience takes us to Montana territory in 1866 and drops us right in the middle of a mining town. Though most books about towns like this focus on the rough element, this novel almost makes the place seem civilized. Though the marshal confronts a thief in the first pages, it is easy to forget the characters are in the middle of a boomtown while reading the story.

The number of available women in this town took me by surprise. I would think a unattached woman would be snatched up quickly in the wilds of Montana, yet almost every female in the novel is of age and on her own. This does create grounds for a lot of romantic tension.

Personally, I question the use of “java” as slang for coffee in that time period. Little anachronisms, such as this, kept pulling me out of the fictional dream.

Though I can’t pin down the overarching theme of this book, Maggie Brendan explores many vices and virtues found in an old west mining town. It was enjoyable seeing how she brought together the main characters. These two started out irritating each other to becoming part of a gentle love story.

If you are interested in a sweet, feel good romance set in the west this may be the book for you.

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The Trouble With Patience by Maggie BrendanPatience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with restoring a dilapidated boardinghouse in order to support herself.

Despite Patience’s desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local marshal with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: She needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse. He needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But as she gets to know this “hanging lawman,” Patience finds there is far more to him than meets the eye–and it could destroy their tenuous relationship forever.

With a keen eye for historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites you to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.