An Old-Fashioned Woman in an Old-Fashioned Plot: The Secret Life of Connor Monahan

The Secret Life of Connor Monahan is a 2001 Harlequin Desire by Elizabeth Bevarly.  It's also available in an illustrated and presumably condensed version from Harlequin comics, something I have not seen before.The plot is a variation of the French Lieutenant’s Woman plot (man is attracted to fallen woman, who he can have sex with …

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Puppy Love

When I was younger, I occasionally looked at friends' comic books, but the stories were hard to follow. They were all serials, so they continued from something I hadn't read, carried on in something not yet in the friend's collection, and frequently referred to other stories (*See Muscleman vs Waterman #235 to understand this remark). …

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My Lady’s Honour

My Lady's Honor, by Julia Justiss, is a 2002 Historical Romance from Harlequin. My copy was originally printed in England, so titled My Lady's Honour and sold by Mills and Boon. I wrote about the book's history in The Well-traveled Book. I can't decide if this story is charming or annoying. Gwennor's father has died, and …

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The Well-traveled Book

My library is not what it used to be. For decades I accumulated books, dragging them back and forth across the country, and my library was a source of pride. Vanity, to be honest. Changing priorities (a euphemism for not having enough money) meant I had to drastically prune the collection, but that task was …

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Lucky In Love

Lucky in Love, by Laurien Berenson, was published in 1989. I found it at a used bookstore in the 3 for $1 pile, and I'll be contributing it to the laundry room library. It is from the Harlequin Temptation imprint, which, according to RomanceWiki, was introduced in 1984 to present more realistic stories. The Temptation …

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A Match for Sister Maggy

A Match for Sister Maggy is another Betty Neels book, which means another poor English nurse meets a rich Dutch doctor and has a chaste romance. This one, from 1979, is older than A Girl Named Rose, but slightly less dated and slightly less contrived. It's also been sold as A Nurse in Holland and Amazon …

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