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Jeremy Poldark

Jeremy Poldark (Poldark, #3)Jeremy Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s official. I’m hooked on this series! This one, like Demelza, was followed very closely by the TV series. I could “see” the actors in the scenes as I was reading. But it goes deeper – as books do – into the thoughts behind the actions. There are differences, but they are subtle and, I think, only add to the story. The first book, Ross Poldark, was the most different and in parts was a little draggy, but not the next two. Winston Graham seems to have hit his stride in the writing.

 

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Demelza

Demelza (Poldark, #2)Demelza by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I liked this book even better than Ross Poldark, the first book in the series. That may be because the TV series followed this book more closely, but for whatever reason, it was wonderful. There are differences between the TV series and the books, mostly that the books contain many more characters. And – of course – the books allow us a look inside the characters’ thoughts, which I love. The writing is more old-style than today’s books, but it’s a wonderful read all the same.

 

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Ross Poldark

Ross Poldark (Poldark #1)Ross Poldark by Winston Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved it! Such a great way to finish off watching the Masterpiece Theater series. There are differences between the two, most notably, there are many more characters in the book version. And – of course – no matter how Winston Graham described Ross, he’ll forever look like Aiden Turner to me. Ditto for Demelza and Eleanor Tomlinson. On to book two!

 

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The Highlanders

The Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance CollectionThe Highlanders: A Smitten Historical Romance Collection by J’nell Ciesielski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you enjoy stories with a Scottish tang, then these four novellas are your next “must read.” Two are set in the old country, and two on America’s shores, but all of them include a Highlander you’ll be swept away by. And the final story will throw you a curve you never see coming! If you dinna get your copy yet, you shouldna wait much longer!

 

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Misleading Miss Verity

Misleading Miss Verity (Regency Brides: Daughters of Aynsley #3)Misleading Miss Verity by Carolyn Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed a lot about this book. The characters are interesting and believable, the setting is beautifully written, and the writing is good. The ending, however, fell apart for me. That could very well be just a personal preference, so I’m still giving it a solid three stars, because others may love the ending.

 

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Lady in the Mist

Lady in the Mist (The Midwives, #1)Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has moldered in my Kindle for years – literally – and I finally opened it. So glad I did! I enjoy stories about midwives, and this one didn’t disappoint. Set shortly after the Revolutionary War, it’s full of angst and distrust between the Americans and the British with the British Navy stealing American men and pressing them into service to the Crown. Good story!

 

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The Wood’s Edge

The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders, #1)The Wood’s Edge by Lori Benton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I don’t know why it took me so long to read a book by Lori Benton. But I’m glad I finally did! This story is a rich tapestry of the era peopled with characters who will draw you into their world. Benton does a very credible job – and it’s a difficult one – of balancing the relationship between white settlers and natives. Too many authors want to make the former all evil and the latter all saints. Benton didn’t do that. Her characters are all true-to-life with warts and all. That’s what makes it easy to slip into sync with them as you read. I highly recommend this on to all readers who enjoy historical romance at its best.

 

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