Genre: Historical

Review ~ The Highwayman ~ Kerrigan Byrne

Review ~ The Highwayman ~ Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman was so good. Soooo good. That is all.   You didn’t believe I’d leave it at that, did you? 😉 KByrne – a new-to-me author – bowled me over with this gripping, intense, and emotional story. I’ll endeavor to do it justice. Farah met Dougan MacKenzie in an orphanage when they were both young. They became fast friends thanks to Farah’s compassionate heart. One night, something terrible happens and Farah and Dougan are separated. But not before Dougan performs a hand-fasting. Years later…maybe 15 years?…Farah his living as a widow – Farah MacKenzie – and working as a clerk at Scotland Yard. She’s lived a chaste life despite the liberties she’d be afforded as a widow but she’s […]

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ARC Review ~ At the Mountain’s Edge ~ Genevieve Graham #NewRelease2019

ARC Review ~ At the Mountain’s Edge ~ Genevieve Graham #NewRelease2019

At the Mountain’s Edge was a gripping story. GGraham once again takes on a period of time in Canadian history but one that is linked to American history as well. While I knew of the Klondike Gold Rush, I’d never given much thought to the treacherous conditions faced by the miners and merchants in chasing their fortune. Having read GGraham’s account here, I’m quite certain I’d not have had the mettle to survive. 😉 Liza Peterson’s family set off to Dawson City in hopes of prospering by opening a shop to sell supplies to the miners during the Klondike Gold Rush. Her father had sold the family on the idea of an “adventure of a lifetime”, which turned out to […]

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Review: The Study of Seduction – Sabrina Jeffries

Review: The Study of Seduction – Sabrina Jeffries

The Study of Seduction is filled with romance – albeit quite reluctant on both the male and the female part – danger, delight, despair, and heartfelt love. Story: Jeffries really has a knack for creating relatable characters, a bit unconventional, and able to reel the readers in. The Study of Seduction definitely reeled me in! I love friends to lovers stories, and that is what I got here. Edwin and Clarissa have known each other for as long as they can remember. And so, when Warren needs to leave England – but thinks it’s too dangerous to leave Clarissa open to the advances of a French suitor – he asks Edwin to look out for her. The Study of Seduction […]

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Review: To Tame a Wild Lady – Ashlyn Macnamara

Review: To Tame a Wild Lady – Ashlyn Macnamara

To Tame a Wild Lady is Caro’s story, she doesn’t fit within the strict rules of society, and would rather ride her horse than gossip with the ladies. (un)conventionally short: Caro and Adrian weren’t supposed to even meet. Needless to say, they were definitely not supposed to fall in love. To Tame A Wild Lady told a different story, though, and it was delightful! Second in the Duke Defying Daughters series, this story made my toes curl in pleasure. I so love an unconventional lady. Especially when she doesn’t care what society thinks, and just goes after what she wants. And desperately needs. Macnamara managed to make me feel connected to the characters in To Tame a Wild Lady. And […]

Posted 29 November, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 6 Comments
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Review: The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman

Review: The Rules of Magic – Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic is a melancholy tale, spanning over the sixties and up until the present time, following three siblings who had to follow some very strict rules when they were young. Story: I enjoyed The Rules of Magic both because it is a great story that can stand on its own, and because it brought some important insight into the world of Practical Magic. Hofmann manages to write magical realism so well it seems completely legitimate, and I found myself rooting for the three siblings, even when what they were up to put them and others in grave danger. Breaking the rules became second nature to all three siblings after they spent a summer with their aunt. Because […]

Posted 3 November, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Review: Romancing the Rogue – Erica Ridley

Review: Romancing the Rogue – Erica Ridley

Romancing the Rogue hit all the right spots, and I loved the forbidding castle in which Rebecca felt so at home. Story: Rebecca has been living hidden in a huge gothic castle ever since her parents passed away. Now, her uncle had passed away as well. And she was being sent on her way by the relation who inherited the castle. When she hears that Daniel is coming for the reading of the will, all kinds of memories assail her. He was the young man who humiliated her more than once in the past. And at the same time, she loved him very much. Once Daniel arrives, Rebecca wants to continue to hide, but he has other plans. When he […]

Posted 13 September, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 7 Comments
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Review: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress – Erica Ridley

Review: The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress – Erica Ridley

The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress was a fun read, where the heroine used everything she could to try to seduce the good captain… who would do anything in his power not to ruin her Story: I don’t even know where to start! I loved how Jane knew what she wanted, and that she did what she could to get it! At the perils of her being eligible for marriage, even. The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress brought both romance and humor, and a very unconventional heroine I loved to get to know. And I can’t forget that darned cat, who both made things more difficult for Jane, and at times somehow better. Ridley’s Dukes of War series is so good, the heroines are […]

Posted 11 September, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 4 Comments
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Review: Blood and Ink – Stephen Davies

Review: Blood and Ink – Stephen Davies

Blood and Ink mesmerised me! Very well done, mixing actual events and fiction, showing the differences in muslim faiths, how some are stricter than others, and what was done by a people to rise against their oppressors. Story: I was transported by Blood and Ink, through the way it unfolded two sides of a story. How it showed two sides of a war. Two sides of a religion. How good and bad can be blurred, and how difficult it is to change sides once a stance is taken. Because the story is based on true events, I think it was very realistic. Even ficionalised history can be well done, and I found the way everything unfolded to be enlightening. Taking […]

Posted 6 September, 2017 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Reviews / 18 Comments
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Review: Now I Rise – Kiersten White

Review: Now I Rise – Kiersten White

Now I Rise took me on a fantastic trip through history and various countries, following Lada in her quest for power – on her own. Now I Rise is one of my favorite 2017 releases! There, now that’s out of the way, you have been warned that this review might not be as coherent as it could be, because I’m so happy about this book I just want to say : “Run and buy it! Then shut yourself in somewhere to read it!” That’s how good it is! Lada has grown up quite a bit, but now, she’s without Radu and Mehmed, and while she definitely wanted to have allies, they were not the best choice for her to win […]

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Review: Lord of Pleasure – Erica Ridley

Review: Lord of Pleasure – Erica Ridley

Lord of Pleasure was a delightful read with masquerade balls, a scandalous rakish Earl and a mousy, but respectable lady. I had such fun reading this story, and can’t wait for more in this well done series Lord of Pleasure was a delicious treat to the senses! The masquerade balls were such a perfect opportunity for both Lord Wainwright and Miss Camellia to actually be themselves, not the person society had forced them into by labelling them. Wainwright showed up in the scandal sheets’ caricatures more often than he liked, and Camellia was starting to think that being the good sister wasn’t working so well for her. Not when her parents had decided to marry her off to a man […]

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