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text 2017-04-03 00:00
April 2017 Reading List
We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese - Elizabeth M. Norman
With Every Letter - Sarah Sundin
A Suitor for Jenny - Margaret Brownley
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream - Barack Obama
The Children's Blizzard - David Laskin
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Touching the Clouds - Bonnie Leon
Weddings Under a Western Sky: The Hand-Me-Down BrideThe Bride Wore BritchesSomething Borrowed, Something True - Lisa Plumley,Elizabeth Lane,Kate Welsh
Lowcountry Book Club - Susan M. Boyer
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic - Sam Quinones

A balanced mix of non-fiction and romance for reading in April. Most of my reading will be off my physical TBR bookshelf, so I hope to start making a noticeable dent in the TBR pile and get these books donated to a good home afterward.

 

1. We Band of Angels: The Untold Story of American Nurses Trapped on Bataan by the Japanese by Elizabeth M. Norman (Library Love)

 

2. With Every Letter (Wings of the Nightingale #1) by Sarah Sundin (Pop Sugar prompt - book of letters)

 

3. A Suitor for Jenny (A Rocky Creek Romance #2)  by Margaret Brownley (Pop Sugar prompt - Title with character's name)

 

4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (Pop Sugar prompt - a book by someone I admire)

 

5. The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin

 

6. A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine

 

7. Weddings Under a Western Sky by Various Authors (Pop Sugar - a book with multiple authors)

 

8. Whispered Promises by Nora Roberts

 

9. Three Fearful Days by Malcolm E. Barker

 

10. Touching the Clouds (Alaskan Skies #1) by Bonnie Leon (Pop Sugar - first book in series)

 

11. In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth (Pop Sugar - Interesting woman)

 

12. Lowcountry Book Club (Liz Talbot #5) by Susan M. Boyer

 

13. Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones (Library Love)

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text 2015-01-22 01:43
Historical Romance with Physicians--Europe
A Promise by Daylight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine
Sea Change - Darlene Marshall
Last Wicked Scoundrel - Lorraine Heath
All He Desires - Anthea Lawson
Unraveled by the Rebel - Michelle Willingham
Ecstasy Wears Emeralds - Renee Bernard
The Surgeon's Lady - Carla Kelly
A Kiss for Midwinter - Courtney Milan
When Beauty Tamed the Beast - James Griffin,Eloisa James
That Scandalous Summer - Meredith Duran

We made a trip to the doctor today- a small issue that would have been a big deal a century ago. Boy, am I grateful for modern medicine and can't wait to see it get to the point where what we do today is considered "barbaric" 

 

Here is a list of great Historical Romances with doctor heroes or heroines. This list is European. I will do an American one later. 

 

My lists are never in any particular order.

 

 

1. That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

 

When recluse Lord Alastair, Duke of Marwick, threatens to cut off his younger brother’s income and close his charity hospital unless he marries a woman of whom Alastair approves, second son and physician Lord Michael de Grey decides to rusticate to Cornwall, becoming, as Mr. Grey, the local doctor’s backup. There he meets the infamous widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Chudderley, who, because of her late husband’s spendthrift ways, is surreptitiously looking for a wealthy suitor to keep her estate and household intact. As they become closer, such as when she assists at a tenant’s caesarean section, they realize that although they are in love, they can’t be together. When Elizabeth throws a party, inviting several available bachelors, she’s shocked to find that Michael is more than a rural physician, but is, in fact, titled. This discovery means nothing, however, since both are still poor and she has a reputation that Alastair won’t like. (Booklist(

 

2. When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

 

After Prince Augustus Frederick reneges on his promise to marry her, Linnet Thrynne faces social ruin since everyone—based partly on her mother’s scandalous past and partly on Linnet’s ill-fated decision to wear a ball gown that gives the impression she is pregnant—now believes Linnet is a hussy of the first degree. Fortunately, Linnet’s aunt, Lady Etheridge, comes up with a solution. Rumor has it that Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, is in the market for a wife. The irascible nobleman’s only requirement is that his bride-to-be be a woman “more beautiful than the sun and the moon,” a condition Linnet easily meets. Linnet is certain once the beastly Piers meets her, he will fall under her spell. But immediately after encountering the cranky doctor, Linnet realizes the intractable, intelligent, and altogether intriguing Piers is not exactly the husband for whom she bargained. (Booklist)

 

3. A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan

 

Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him...or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way.

Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year. This winter, he's determined to conquer her dislike and win her for his own. And he has a plan to do it.

If only his plans didn't so often go awry...

4. The Surgeon's Lady by Carla Kelly

As a surgeon in the Royal Navy, Lieutenant Philemon Brittle has proved his bravery countless times. But he's never known the thrill that comes with falling in love. Until he meets the beautiful Lady Laura Taunton, who has turned to nursing the wounded as solace from her unhappy past.

Philemon will need to draw upon every bit of his strength and determination to convince the marriage-shy Laura that establishing a life together is the truest path to love and happiness….

5. Ecstasy Wears Emeralds by Renee Bernard
 
Like all the Jaded Gentleman, Dr. Rowan West may have his secrets, but he's done his best to forgive the ghosts of his past. Until the beautiful Miss Gayle Renshaw appears on his doorstep, jeopardizing his medical practice, his reputation, and, worst of all, his heart.
 
6.  Unraveled by the Rebel by Michelle Willingham
 
A spinster with a secret...

After being seduced and ruined by her worst enemy, Juliette Andrews has vowed to marry no man—especially not Dr. Paul Fraser, her childhood sweetheart. Content to bury herself in accounts and numbers, she refuses to let the devastatingly handsome Highlander back into her life.

 

A rebel with a cause...

Paul Fraser's heart burns with the need for vengeance against the earl who executed his father and drove the Scots from their homes. But when he learns that his enemy hurt the woman he loves, Paul has sworn to destroy him.

Can Juliette overcome the darkness of her past in the arms of the man she once loved? Or will her secrets tear them apart?

 

7. All He Desires by Anthea Lawson

 

Far from home and her noble relatives, Miss Caroline Huntington has been injured in a fall from her horse. Called to her side, Alex Trentham knows he must assist her, though he has not practiced as a physician for a long while. Just to see so lovely a woman in a state of undress is a hard test of his self-control. Caroline is all that is warm and feminine, beautiful and pure. Brave to a fault, she does not flinch under his hands, and soon she is on the mend. To hide his feelings becomes impossible and Alex cannot. Her radiant innocence is dangerous to a worldly man. . .and she seems achingly eager to experience all the pleasure he could show her. . .

 

8. The Last Wicked Scoundrel by Lorraine Heath

 

William Graves is the last of Feagan's scoundrels. A onetime grave robber turned royal physician, he has devoted his life to saving others—because he knows there is no way to save himself. Especially not around a lady like Winnie. Though undeserving of her touch, he cannot resist. His passion cannot be tamed … even in the face of certain danger.

Winnie, the Duchess of Avendale, never knew peace until her brutal husband died. With William she's discovered burning desire—and the healing power of love. But now, confronted by the past she thought she'd left behind, Winnie must face her fears … or risk losing the one man who can fulfill all her dreams.

 

9. Sea Change by Darlene Marshall (The heroine is British)

 

American privateer Captain David Fletcher needs a surgeon for his wounded brother. But when he captures a British merchantman in the Caribbean, what he gets is Charley Alcott, an apprentice physician barely old enough to shave. Needs take priority over skill, and Captain Fletcher whisks the prisoner aboard his ship with orders to do his best or he'll be walking the plank.

Charley Alcott's medical skills are being put to the test in a life-or-death situation--Charley's life as well as the patient's. Even if Charley can save the captain's brother, there will still be hell to pay, and maybe a plank to walk, when Captain Fletcher learns Charley is really Charlotte Alcott.

A war is raging on the world's oceans, and two enemies will fight their own battles and their attraction to each other as they undergo a sea change neither of them is expecting, but cannot deny...

 

10. A Promise By Daylight by Alison Delaine

 

A notorious rake...

In the aftermath of a near-fatal accident, the virile and charming Duke of Winston vowed to reform his ways. But for an infamous rogue, it's easier said than done. Hiring a personal medic, he sets about recovering from his injuriesand avoiding temptation at all costs. Little does Winston know, the one temptation he can't resist might be hiding before his very eyes.

 

A tenacious virgin...

Without a friend or farthing in the world, posing as a man is Miss Millicent Germain's only chance to achieve her dream of becoming a physician. But working for the decadent duke is trickier than no-nonsense Millie anticipatedand his touch threatens to awaken her deepest desires. By daylight, the two are at odds...but by night, their attraction may prove undeniable.

 

 

 Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!

 

To vote for the best of the best go to my Goodreads list, Historical Romance with Physicians.

 

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review 2014-06-04 00:00
A Wedding By Dawn
A Wedding By Dawn - Alison DeLaine Meh.
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text 2014-04-07 08:58
A Wedding By Dawn - Alison DeLaine

I was totally uninterested in the book for the first half, it read like a sequel with references to characters and what happened to them.

 

I didn't connect with the main characters and found myself lost a bit. It was quite irritating, but I stuck to it.

 

Then it started to change I found myself a bit hooked on the second part of the book. And I didn't want to stop reading before finding out the ending.

 

It was all very predictable though with too many tortured characters.

 

This review is for a free ARC courtesy of Harlequin via NetGalley.

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review 2014-01-27 06:22
Review: A Gentleman 'Til Midnight by Alison DeLaine
A Gentleman 'Til Midnight (Hqn) - Alison DeLaine

I am debating how I want to write this review. I already wrote a full SCORE review that posted on the blog today, so I think I will just make this the highlight reel. 

 

A Gentleman 'Til Midnight was a surprise find for me. It literally showed up on my doorstep. I read the first chapter where I found out that this was a)set on the high seas under b)a lady "pirate" captain and c)they just picked up a stranded man who d)turns out to be her bitter enemy. 

 

Well if this wasn't the book to take with me on my trip, I didn't know what was! 

 

The plot is fun. It is not all at sea, in fact, only the first third of it is on the boat, but that third was enough for me to fall in love with all of the other titled people on the boat who were not our leads. I mean seriously, this boat has a skeleton crew and like half of them are ladies of the ton (and an earl I think). How the hell is it even still sailing? I decided not to let that bother me and made up the term alternate alternate history. Because Romancelandia = alternate history and this is even a turn from that.

 

Anyway, the leads aren't quite as endearing to me. James is a walking erection and Katherine is a stubborn headstrong women who doesn't really think before she acts. But they have consistent characterization and sure as hell aren't boring to read about. James pisses me off a little toward the end, but at that point I was invested.

 

There is a plot moppet in the form of Katherine's daughter from her time in captivity. But that's not really my peeve, so it didn't bother me.

 

Overall I think DeLaine is going to be someone to watch. I really liked this debut and this she set up some great characters for sequels. I like that it was something fresh with a hint of old school. But most of all, it was entertaining and a book I couldn't put down. 

 

I look forward to the next one because I think it will be more high seas less disapproving ton.

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