The Midwife

Carolyn Davidson's The Midwife, from 1999, is a Harlequin historical western. It's 1892, and widow Leah Gunderson, almost thirty, is living in the small Minnesota town of her childhood. She takes in laundry, and does a little health care, having learned medical skills growing up with her single mother. Money is tight, and while there …

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A Scandalous Marriage

A Scandalous Marriage, by Mary Brendan, is the third of four regency era novels involving the sisters of the Meredith family. That may explain the rapid introduction of several characters in the first chapter. Readers who have been following the series and not simply grabbing selections out of the 3 for $1 bin at the …

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Good Neighbors

Good Neighbors is a 2013 ebook by regular Harlequin author Sheila Roberts. It is part of the "More Than Words" series that are inspired by real women. More Than Words is a Harlequin program that recognizes three women each year for their contributions to their communities. It started in 2004, but it is currently "being …

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Her Outback Rescuer

I wasn't looking forward to Her Outback Rescuer, a Harlequin by Marion Lennox from 2012. I like independent women who don't need to be rescued, especially by busy billionaires. But there was nothing else in the laundry room, and I must read something in a bubble bath, so I dove in, and had a great read. …

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Dark Wolf Rising

Dark Wolf Rising, by Rhyannon Byrd, was published in April of this year. It's a Harlequin Nocturne, stories that "delve into dark, sensuous and often dangerous territory, where the normal and paranormal collide."  The story opens with an explanation of the difference between a werewolf and a werewolf half-breed, the pack obligations of half-breeds, and …

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Cowboy with a Cause

Cowboy with a Cause, by Carla Cassidy, is a Harlequin Romantic Suspense from 2012. This is a situation I've come across before: The landlady and the tenant. It's an economical way to introduce two strangers and keep them in close company. It also comes with built in appeal and challenge. The man is something of …

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A Baby for Christmas

Not long ago I reviewed His Best Friend's Wife, and wondered why it took seven years for Best Friend to get together with widowed Wife. Things seem to move faster in Joanna Sims' similar A Baby For Christmas. Sophia is eight months pregnant, and just six months a widow when Luke comes calling. Luke is …

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