Pride and Other Worlds: The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic, by Emily Croy Barker, is a 2013 fantasy novel. As I said when I reviewed The Demon's Daughter, many stories marketed under the umbrella of fantasy have the superficial aspects of the genre, but not the core elements. I'm happy to say that Guide to Magic has the …

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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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Melting Fire

Anne Mather’s Melting Fire (Harlequin Presents #306, 1979) is creepy and disturbing, and not in a good way. Olivia is a naive and virginal nineteen-year-old, returning to the family's country estate after attending finishing school in Paris. Actually there's not much family – just a much older stepbrother. She's looking forward to her usual summer …

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Wicked Loving Lies

Another serendipitous find from the laundry room, Wicked Loving Liesis a classic bodice ripper. From 1976, by Rosemary Rogers, this historical is almost 500 pages, covers a span of several years, and is over the top in every respect. We meet young Marisa in a Spanish convent, where she awaits the arrival of the man …

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