It Started in Budapest by Julie Daines is a romantic novel featuring the Orient Express, a passenger train that ran between Paris and Istanbul between 1863 and 1977. Today's second book is Love, Life & Lucille by Judy Gaman, a memoir of a woman who lived to almost reach her 104th birthday.
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It was my pleasure to read and review two outstanding books for this column. The first, The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore, is the story of a remarkable woman who took on a grotesque form of slavery a little over a century ago. The second, Forget Me Not by Sarah M. Eden, appears on the surface to be just another Regency Romance, but delves deeply into the hurt and pain suffered by those having PTSD.
Julie Coulter Bellon takes a problem, PTSD, which has received a lot of modern attention, back to a long ago war in The Viscount's Vow. Both this story and Clair M. Poulson's latest novel is Kingfisher are reminders that people of all ages face similar problems and achieve growth as they deal with them.
Here are two novels readers who enjoy suspense and action will love, set in two different time periods.
Strictly speaking the Regency Period in English history was between 1811 and 1820, but Regency authors tend to include stories that transpire during almost any part of the nineteenth century. Two books that fall loosely into the Regency period are Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen and A Foreign Crown by Jen Geigle Johnson.
Though their covers make these two novels appear to be typical Regency Romances, the stories are far from typical. The Heiress of All Things Beautiful by Anita Stansfield reveals a darker side of the Regency era that continues in our day. Esther Hatch in A Proper Charade introduces a lovely young bombshell heroine who sets out to prove she's as capable as her brother.
June is traditionally romance month and there is a plentiful supply of new Romance novels available for those long hot summer days. Two of those new Romance novels are "Coming Home to Bellingham" by Katie Stewart Stone, a Regency, and "Flying in Love" by Chalon Linton, a Contemporary Romance.