I do love my historicals. There’s just something magical about the Regency period that lets me close my eyes and see the crush of the balls, the magnificent dresses, the allure of the titled few who’s lives aren’t as idyllic as they pretend to be. So, yes, lately I’ve been on an historical bender and loving itl
First up is What the Bride Wore by Jade Lee from her Bridal Favor Series. Grant Benton, future Earl of Crowe, is a screw up. He seems to be following in his father’s footsteps when a bet goes bad and he accidentally burns down a barn. Trying to recoup his family finances he turns to trade (a no-no if you’re part of the aristocracy). In the course of business, he comes across Lady Irene Knopp, who is a Regency type wedding planner. His finances restored, Grant is ready to move on, but unforeseen things have happened in the years he’s been gone. Lady Irene has her own secrets, but when danger calls, these two find themselves coming together to learn what really is important in life.
I have been hooked on this series from the beginning. The women working to make the little bridal shop work under trying circumstances are brave and never give up all the while hiding their own secrets. As a bonus, there is a novella about Grant’s brother, Winning a Bride. I read them out of order, but enjoyed them just as much. This series is high on secrets, redemption and the ultimate blazing love story. Romantics rejoice!
On a special note, while writing this series Jade Lee found herself living the bridal dream when her daughter, Sheri, announced her engagement. Here’s a photo of Sheri in a more modern bridal shop trying on dresses. Congratulations Sheri and Mom of the Bride, Jade!
Next up was True Spies by Shana Galen. Winn is a brilliant spy and has managed to keep this from his wife of 14 years, Elinor. But Winn’s long absences have Elinor becoming lonely. When she meets a handsome spy, Elinor has visions of adventure and excitement. But things are never what they seem and having her husband find out wasn’t part of the plan.
This follow up to Lord and Lady Spy takes the same path. The story runs along the lines of the movie True Lies, but set in Regency times, which makes it all the more fun. I delighted in making the comparisons and trying to figure out how the next scenes would play out. It’s imaginative, playful, adventurous and just plain fun, fun, fun! Poor Shana, I’ll be hounding her to find out what is next because I know it’s a book I’ll read the day I get it. Keep ‘em coming!
Listening to books on my iPhone has become addictive, so I was thrilled to find one of my favorite historical series could be downloaded from the library. If you haven’t read Amanda Quick’s Tobias March/Lavinia Lake series, you are missing a terrific story. These characters have woven themselves into my heart and I don’t want to let them go. I know it was a trilogy, but I long for more and listening to the stories added an extra dimension to those I already felt I knew.
The series starts with Slightly Shady where Lavinia meets Tobias in her antique shop while he’s chasing a murderer. He’s says he’s a spy, but she’s always doubtful. In future books, the two become reluctant partners as private inquiry agents where murder, mayhem and trying to find a romantic rendevous become everyday occurrences. First book I’ve read where currants become a key part. Enchanting, charming, with plenty of mystery thrown in, I know this series is on my reread list.
Bottom Line: Moving on to some contemporary stuff where I’m sure there will still be love, romance and the occasional murder.
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