The Marriage Lie
by Kimberly Belle
Review by Kathy Gallagher
The Marriage Lie is a mysterious love story, an intriguing page turner that kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going on.
Will and his wife Iris are so in love. Trying to, in fact, have a child together. He leaves on a business trip the morning after attempting conception. Iris is a school teacher. While at work she hears of a plane that has crashed en route to Seattle. She thinks nothing of it until she is contacted by the airline. Iris is told that Will was one of the fatalities. Impossible, she thinks, as Will was on a business trip to Orlando. The mystery begins: is the dead man truly her husband? Is it a mistake? Continue reading
By Kerrigan Byrne
Review by Kate Shaw
When reading a historical romance novel, one usually knows what to expect . . . beautiful people getting together and dealing with a little bit of drama, usually dealing with class or birth. Kerrigan Byrne blows those expectations clear out of the water with the first novel in the Victorian Rebels series. Dangerous and deeply disturbed, Dorian Blackwell’s reputation precedes him. Farah Mackenzie spends her days working as a clerk for Scotland Yard, around some of the most depraved men of London. They don’t know each other . . . or do they? Continue reading
by Sherry Thomas
Review by Michele Bolay
Delicious is one of the best-written historical romances that I have ever read, and I read a LOT of them. Thomas has such a talent with plot, SETTING, language, and characterization. Her stories and her characters are complex and compelling, and the late Victorian setting is a nice change from the Regency period, and offers up so many more possibilities for the female characters.
I rarely give 5-star reviews, but I could not put this one down and I know I will remember it long after. I do agree with some reviewers who said that the ending was a bit too tidy, but it’s a minor quibble. This IS still formula fiction, after all. So glad I have discovered Sherry Thomas!
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About the reviewer: Michele Bolay has worked at the library for more than 25 years. She loves art, romance literature & working with community theatre. Visit her in our children’s department!
Review by Alison Gleichman
Jaine Bright and her 3 female coworkers get together after work for dinner. While complaining about the men or lack of men in their lives, they compose a somewhat risqué list of the attributes they would wish for in the perfect man. This list is meant for their eyes only but one member shares it with another coworker and it soon spreads like wild fire. Some people take exception to this list. One becomes downright homicidal.
Jaines’ next door neighbor is Sam Donovan. She at first believes him to be a criminal but it turns out that he is actually a homicide detective. This comes in handy when things with the list start to get dicey. The other minor characters are Jaines family. The siblings act exactly how siblings should.