My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read widely — everything from poetry to biography and literary fiction to detective stories and really trashy romance -- as those who follow my reviews will surely realize. I have been puzzled for some time by the popularity of so-called historical romances. There seems little of history about them other than costumes and carriages. How to Lose a Bride is like others I’ve read in this genre in that it is peopled with dukes and duchesses and set in England in presumably the Regency period. The pages are filled with titillating sex, as seems to be the usual pattern.
However, that being said, there is a certain freshness in this story about a bride who is “murdered” by her bridegroom on their wedding night, that kept me reading until the end. It has gypsies, a tormented hero, a feisty heroine, a villainous husband and a somewhat predictable plot. It is more literately written than some others I’ve read. I’d rate it as an acceptable “beach read.”
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• The Memory of Roses ~ The story of a secret and how it impacts two generations of the McQuaid family. It unfolds on the beautiful Greek Island of Corfu and is a tale complete with beautiful and passionate women, handsome and fiery men, and an intriguing mystery.
• Delighting In Your Company ~ Delighting In Your Company is a paranormal romance set on an exotic Caribbean island, featuring a handsome ghost and an adventurous heroine who travels back in time to solve a mystery!
"Delighting In Your Company is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down." -- The Romance Reviews
• Sonata ~ Sayuri McAllister has just arrived home to Vancouver to find some shocking situations:
~ A robbery has taken place at her family home, and it is being investigated by her old flame;
~ Alyssa James who she barely knows, is about to become her new stepmother;
~ and Alyssa’s brother, Hugh James, is a charming Irishman who is intent on bedding and wedding the rich and beautiful Sayuri.
It’s a confusing and difficult time for Sayuri, especially when dangerous accidents happen to her father and herself – or are they accidents?
• Abigail's Christmas (short story) ~ An enchanting tale of love and romance, with a magical touch of fantasy.
Abigail's Christmas is a holiday story about Abigail who goes looking for a tree on Christmas Eve, and ends up with the man of her dreams in a sleigh in the Rockies --- with a wedding in the offing! Is it real? Is she dreaming? Or is it just Christmas magic?