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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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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