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Past Loves

Hello, and welcome back! Our weatherīs been so beautiful here, if I werenīt packing to move, Iīd be outside working in the gardens. But since Iīm not, I can justify reading time during packing breaks. I hope youīre getting in some reading time despite the gorgeous spring weather.

This week, I have two new historical romances for you, but thatīs not the reason for the title of this weekīs article. It actually refers to past loves, as in Jo Beverleyīs latest, The Dragon's Bride
The Dragon's Bride
(Signet Historical). If you recall, a month or two ago, I reviewed an anthology called "In Praise of Younger Men," which had a novella by Ms. Beverley, where the hero was one of a group of friends. In the new book, Con Somerford is also a part of that group of friends. Heīs come to claim the family home that is part of his inheritance as earl. But heīs also come back because of Susan Kerslake, his first lover. Susan is now working as housekeeper in his cursed family home, and though he doesnīt want to still be attracted to the woman who sent him away ten years ago, he wants her. But there are too many secrets and lies between them, and now Con has practically offered for another woman as his wife. Itīs going to take a lot of effort for this couple to overcome all their obstacles. I have to say, I liked this story much better than the novella, and am looking forward to the stories of more of the men in this little group. Iīm giving this one three and a half of Cupidīs five arrows.

The second book I read this week is Juliana Garnettīs Knight
(Jove Historical). Sir Stephen is on a quest for the Holy Grail. Aislinn, niece of the late abbot, may be able to help him. If she is willing. Ha! The widowed Aislinn has no intention of helping him find the grail, but she may just tag along anyway. Stephen and Aislinn are wonderful together, though thereīs a part of Aislinnīs personality I couldnīt really relate to. However, their medieval tale of love is one that will keep you reading from beginning to end, so plan to sit down with it when youīll be uninterrupted--perhaps after everyone else in your house has gone to bed and the phones wonīt be ringing to distract you from your reading. This one has also earned three and a half arrows.

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