For those looking for a cheerful escape from isolation and quarantine during the current pandemic there is a new crop of Regency Romance novels available.
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During this era of quarantines and worry over a world-wide epidemic might be a good time for a little distraction. Two Mystery/Suspense novels with a European flair that will entertain and distract are Royal Heir by Traci Hunter Abramson and Deadly by Design by Paige Edwards.
Suspense lovers are going to enjoy these two suspense novels. Pitfall by Clair M. Poulson grabs our attention and our hearts from the first page with the introduction of a major character, a child orphaned before his second birthday. Out By Night continues the adventures of Frank Sawyer, a wanderer, who doesn't lack adventure, but seems to have serious commitment problems.
As my readers surely know I have a soft spot for Westerns, so when an author I greatly admire announced the publication of her contemporary Western I had to give it a try, even though it's written for a general market audience.
With its Proper Romance line of romantic novels Shadow Mountain is publishing higher quality Regency novels than many of those which have flooded the "clean romance" market over the past decade. "Promised" by Leah Garriott, a debut author, is one such novel which delves deeper into her main character's head and heart than is customary for this genre.
This column includes a couple of books that don't fit the mold of those I usually review. Both are billed as children's or general books, but carry messages for any age including adults. I thought it would be fun to start off the new year with books meant to strengthen families, build faith, and aid in establishing a life-long love of reading.