Reviews - Historical

The Pretenders
Marti
Ziegler

Ivy and Shane meet as homeless orphan children living in the squalid slums of Chicago in the 1880s. Ivy is eight and Shane is 10 when they form their unique bond of friendship. After the Great Fire of Chicago, they head west to Colorado where they scam their way through the small towns and occasionally Denver, but Ivy dreams of buying a ranch and settling down with Shane.

The elusive spy, Genat, is finally showing up at a house party. Lord Morgan is assigned to infiltrate the party and bring the spy to justice. Lord Morgan is an agent to the crown but to disguise that fact, he has a charming personality and is quite a flirt. Josette is the headmistress at a school for girls. She trains with another female spy in the morning.

Jewel Pendray dreams of marrying for love, not by arrangement. However, she is reaching “that age” and time is running out. Jewel convinces her brother to accompany her on a trip to Edinburgh on a husband hunt. A group of aging Highlanders escorts them. 

The Wicked Captain

Mary
Lancaster


Eve Cramond, widowed wife of a colonel, is pleasantly surprised to find her husband’s captain on her doorstep in the midst of her mourning. Captain Lawrence, affectionately called Lawrie, was injured in battle and is finally well enough to bring Eve a message from her late husband before his death.

To Love a Governess
Josi S. Kilpack, Heather B. Moore,
Julie Daines

Do governesses deserve a chance at true love? Based on the three stories within this delightful anthology, the answer is emphatically yes! In our first tale, “Til’ All the Seas Gang Dry”, Dina is a governess to her friend’s children after her aunt’s death. Unexpectedly reunited with her childhood love, she must quietly nurse her heartbreak in the shadows after seeing him with his new fiancée.

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