Mrs Dew Plays Her Hand (A Christmas review)

Mrs. Drew Plays Her HandMrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The trouble with giving this one 3 stars is that I know I’m lowering it to the level of other books I’ve given the same score to. They weren’t really this good.
Unfortunately, as I’m going through Ms Kelly’s works most of them are getting 4 stars from me, which (as I grow in reviewing experience) is no longer a very common thing from me. (more…)


Reforming Lord Ragsdale (A happy review)

Reforming Lord RagsdaleReforming Lord Ragsdale by Carla Kelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stars: 4.5/5

What are you looking for? Bodice Rippers ala Julia Quinn and Eloise James? I appreciate that they are splendid authors but this book is not exactly like theirs. It wont fulfil your craving for light, hot and sexy. You might still enjoy this book though there is no sex, very little kissing and no secret trysts or scandals to speak of.

But are you craving the lost Heyer touch? (more…)

Before the Season Ends (A review) OR how the author’s determination to preach Christian superiority killed a good book for me

Before the Season Ends

Before the Season Ends by Linore Rose Burkard

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I can’t write an objective review for this book. I’m sure that the book deserves all the praise and high ratings it’s got if it was meant to be strictly read by the ‘Inspirational Christian Novels’ community.

Its era details are well researched and well described, especially the clothes. But then the author gets down to the business of making the book ‘inspirational’ and what had promised to be a good read – not Jane Austen, but a maybe some shadow of Georgette Heyer – turned into an annoying treatise on the ‘favoured children of God’ and the ‘Will of God’ and how the heroine must spread the ‘Kingdom of God’.

I don’t think there is anything inspirational about the smug superiority displayed by authors of this sub-genre. (more…)