What a beautiful book! Physically, The Thorn and the Blossom by Theodora Goss is a gorgeous volume. It comes in a flowered slipcase and when you pull the book out – how unusual it is. It has an accordion-fold binding. If you read the novel from one direction, it is Evelyn’s story. If you read it from the other direction, it is Brendan’s story. Evelyn went into a bookstore while on vacation and came out of it with Brendan, a new friend. But both Brendan and Evelyn feel as if their burgeoning friendship is deeper than normal. Perhaps it could be that they’ve known each other in another life…
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Mr. Chow and Mrs. Chan are neighbors – his wife is having an affair with her husband. Frequently left alone by their unfaithful spouses, the two develop a bond that hovers agonizingly close to courtship. In the Mood for Love is an abstracted romance played out in the tiniest of gestures.
You wouldn’t expect to enjoy a romance novel where the hero has very few redeeming qualities, yet somehow the chemistry between flawed Sebastian and the gorgeous bluestocking, Jessica, works. Filled with witty repartee and fast-paced dialogue, Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase is a must-read for romance fans!
Iphiginia Bright is a witty, impertinent woman ready to break free of her role as a staid schoolmistress, but is she equipped to handle her newest role…as the Earl of Masters’ mistress? Amanda Quick’s historical romance Mistress will have you laughing and turning pages to see what happens next.
The Flight of Gemma Hardy transports the story of Jane Eyre to twentieth-century Iceland and Scotland, successfully honoring the source material while still offering a few surprises. The graceful, lilting narration of reader Davina Porter perfectly renders Gemma’s progression from neglected waif to independent young woman.