Jan S. (Janjunebug) - - Reviews

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Ace of Hearts (House of Cards, Bk 1)
Ace of Hearts (House of Cards, Bk 1)
Author: Barbara Metzger
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/18/2005


England, circa 1816. Alexander "Ace" Endicott, Earl of Carde, after sowing his oats as a wild buck, decides to seek a bride who will beget him heirs. Suddenly he is miraculously engaged to three desperate females through no fault of his own. He actually runs away from London, escaping the three young women, as he decides to follow through with his deceased father's dying wish: find his long-lost half-sister. His search is detoured and leads him to Eleanor.........
This is a well-told romance; humorous, with likeable characters.


The Affair (School for Scandal, Bk 3)
The Affair (School for Scandal, Bk 3)
Author: Sandy Hingston
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 10/6/2005
Helpful Score: 3


Setting is Regency England. "Gannon Finn was a brash Irish Lord on a tour of the Continent when he first met Christiane, proprietress of the most exclusive gambling hell in Paris. He fell for her the way only an ardent youngster could - and vowed to rescue her from her life of wicked vice. But worldly, sophisticated Christiane just laughed at him. Years, later, Christiane is the headmistress of a highly proper academy for young women when Gannon comes crashing back into her life, a redoubtable rake with his niece in tow........." Again, Hingston has non-typical characters in her love story. I just wish Hingston were a more prolific writer. I love all her stories.


And Then He Kissed Her (Girl-Bachelor, Bk 1)
And Then He Kissed Her (Girl-Bachelor, Bk 1)
Author: Laura Lee Guhrke
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 302
Review Date: 4/29/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is the first Laura Lee Guhrke book I've read, and I loved it! Emma Dove is not your typical heroine; she's a thirty-year-old spinster, and a strait-laced one at that.
This book is the first in a series about "girl-bachelors."


At First Sight (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
At First Sight (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Nicholas Sparks, David Aaron Baker (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 4/12/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I almost didn't finish listening to this audio version of AT FIRST SIGHT because, midway through the story, it seemed to get bogged down with far too many uninteresting details. I kept listening, however, and I'm so glad that I did. It's a wonderfully bittersweet story, and it has an unexpected ending which is very heart-throbbing. This story, by the way, is the sequel to TRUE BELIEVER which tells of how Jeremy and Lexie met and became engaged.


The Bachelor Trap
The Bachelor Trap
Author: Elizabeth Thornton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 66
Review Date: 4/30/2006


Story begins in England, 1815. Brand Hamilton, the illegitimate son of a duke, owns a chain of newspapers and has a promising future in politics. Lady Marion Dane has an unseen enemy stalking her, and it seems that Brand is the only one who can help her. Another great love story with lots if intrigue and mystery from one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth Thornton.


Beauty in Black (Berkley Sensation)
Beauty in Black (Berkley Sensation)
Author: Nicole Byrd
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 10/3/2005


England, 1817. Excellent story.


The Beloved One
The Beloved One
Author: Danelle Harmon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/1/2007
Helpful Score: 2


Loved this second book in the series.


Blood Of Roses (Scotland Trilogy, Book 2)
Blood Of Roses (Scotland Trilogy, Book 2)
Author: Marsha Canham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/29/2005
Helpful Score: 1


One of the most profound, deeply moving stories I have ever read.


Blouses, Shirts & Tops: Simple Sewing & Serging Techniques (Sew Helpful Series)
Review Date: 7/20/2006


The author of this book is Laurie McWilliams.
Designed as a companion to written pattern instructions, the helpful tips, beautiful full-color photographs, and illustrations throughout these pages highlight the quickest, easiest methods of garment construction. An excellent hardback with DC; beautiful photographs demonstrating each technique.


Borrowed Light (Borrowed Light, Bk 1)
Borrowed Light (Borrowed Light, Bk 1)
Author: Carla Kelly
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/7/2011
Helpful Score: 4


Carla Kelly fans shouldn't be put off by the negative reviews of this story. It's a wonderful story and it just happens that the heroine, Julia Darling, is a Mormon. Kelly writes all the characters so wonderfully. In my opinion, the Bible scripture and the Book of Mormon scripture are just a minor sub-theme in this whole story; not overbearing or intimidating to me at all. And I'm not Mormon. I'm sure that I won't stop reading her stories because she now has an LDS publisher. Personally, though, I preferred her London Regency settings as opposed to Historical Western locales.


Brazen Angel (Brazen, Bk 1)
Brazen Angel (Brazen, Bk 1)
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/21/2006


Lady Sophia d'Artiers of Paris was 15 when she was sent to her mother's sisters in England after Sophia had a tragic love affair and her lover abandoned her. Years later, during the French Revolution, her parents, members of the French aristrocracy, have been imprisoned by the revolutionaries. Sophia becomes The Brazen Angel in London, carefully selecting her male victims, robs them of their jewels and then sells the jewels to finance the freedom of her imprisoned family members.
Giles Corliss, Marquess of Trahern, and a spy for England, is betrothed to Sophia whom he has never seen as this betrothal was arranged by Giles' dying father, and, although Giles doesn't want to marry anyone, agrees to do so as a matter of honoring his father's wishes. Sophia doesn't want to marry Giles so for their first meeting, she's in a disguise as a wimpy, sickly girl. Giles is appalled that his father could have selected such a creature for him to wed...............


Brazen Heiress (Brazen, Bk 2)
Brazen Heiress (Brazen, Bk 2)
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/27/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Second book in Doyle's "Brazen" triology. "Napoleon lusted for her fortune while Paris swooned at her feet. Adelaide de Chevenoy, claimant to the de Chevenoy fortune, captivated jaded Parisians with her fresh beauty and mysterious past. No one suspected that the newly returned heiress was really Lily D'Artiers Copeland, Adelaide's dazzling double, sent by the British government to retrieve a cache of priceless journals."
The hero in this story is Webb Dryden, another British spy, and he knew Lily from her childhood when she was a gangly youth following him around. She has turned into a beauty who touches his heart and haunts his dreams.......


Brazen Temptress (Brazen, Bk 3)
Brazen Temptress (Brazen, Bk 3)
Author: Elizabeth Boyle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/4/2006


Excellent third book in the "Brazen" triology, following "Brazen Angel" and "Brazen Heiress." This is the story of Lily and Sophia d'Artiers' younger brother, Julian, who, sees his wife, Maureen, across the room in Almack's. Maureen Hawthorne was supposed to have died 8 years earlier.........


The Bride Thief
The Bride Thief
Author: Jacquie D'Alessandro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/4/2005


First of her books that I've read. Very good love story.


The Bride's Necklace (Necklace, Bk 1)
The Bride's Necklace (Necklace, Bk 1)
Author: Kat Martin
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/24/2005


England, 1804. First book in Martin's new triology. Very good love story.


The Burning Point (Circle of Friends, Bk 1)
The Burning Point (Circle of Friends, Bk 1)
Author: Mary Jo Putney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/30/2005


Mary Jo Putney is a fantastic writer.


The Casual Vacancy (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
The Casual Vacancy (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: J. K. Rowling, Tom Hollander (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/4/2014
Helpful Score: 4


I listened to the audio book version and loved it. Yes, there are lots of characters, and I had to pay close attention to the reader to sort them all out. I found myself liking the foul-mouthed Crystal and hoping she would make it and be able to find a way out of her horrible life just as her rowing coach, Barry Fairbrother, had done. I think Rowling's characters' development was well done; as you progress, you see their personalities take shape. I highly recommend this book.


The Chase (Signet Eclipse)
The Chase (Signet Eclipse)
Author: Cheryl Sawyer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/21/2006
Helpful Score: 2


"Cheryl Sawyer writes epic historical novels about strong characters who fall in love at a time when their world is changing."
This is a wonderful story about Sophia and Jacques who are destined for each other. She, an English widow whose husband was killed in the war, hates the French. He is a Frenchman fighting on the English side. Or is he spying for the French........
I will be looking for more of Sawyer's books to read. She is excellent.


Chasing Dreams (Restoration, Bk 2)
Chasing Dreams (Restoration, Bk 2)
Author: Jaclyn Reding
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 9/23/2006


Second book in Jaclyn Reding's Restoration Series. Excellent story of Lady Cassia Montefort, who has been accused of murdering her abusive father, and Rolfe Brodrigan, Lord Ravenscroft, who has been assigned by King Charles II to guard Cassia and to clear her name.


Christmas Keepsakes: A Handful of Gold / The Three Gifts / The Season for Suitors
Review Date: 11/18/2005
Helpful Score: 2


Three wonderful historical romances by Mary Balogh, Julia Justiss, & Nicola Cornick. Each story occurs around Christmas time.


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