The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

I think this is a great example of a traditional well-done historical romance. Not the silly overdone stuff - but a genuine book. There was an undertone of drama and angst literally from the first page til the last. There was a good villain, a few swoony moments, and an angsty misunderstood hero. Fleur and… Continue reading The Secret Pearl by Mary Balogh

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Only Enchanting (Survivor’s Club #4) by Mary Balogh

DNF at p 181. I love Mary Balogh. She's one of my go-to authors for a guaranteed enjoyable read. Her books aren't all drama and excitement - but they're usually pretty good. Unfortunately this one was a miss. Flavian was wounded in war - a head injury that has left him with memory and anger… Continue reading Only Enchanting (Survivor’s Club #4) by Mary Balogh

A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache #4) by Louise Penny

There are 2 reasons i love this series. First and foremost - reading a mystery book brings a sense of satisfaction rarely found in life. I tend to read books with HEA - the couple gets together, the bad guy gets his just desserts, the hero conquers. But - i know these things are coming,… Continue reading A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Gamache #4) by Louise Penny

Only a Promise by Mary Balogh (The Survivors’ Club #5)

Such a delightful little book. Easily read in one sitting. Mary Balogh does her thing and does it well. Chloe is sad. Ralph is sad. They end up together. They struggle with the sad. And it's nice. Balogh creates sweet, complex, flawed, characters who manage to remain simple. You root for them for the entire… Continue reading Only a Promise by Mary Balogh (The Survivors’ Club #5)

A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by VE Schwab

This may have been a 5 star book. For certain the last 30% was 5 stars all the way. But parts of it were boring. And the characters struggled here - reminiscent of the struggle of the second book in a lot of trilogies. It was really long. We learned a ton. But we had… Continue reading A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by VE Schwab