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review: Bride of a Distant Isle

Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd Daughters of Hampshire My review for Mist of Midnight (HNR) A Lady in Disguise (coming 2017) Annabel Ashton of Highcliffe Hall had grown up knowing of her mother’s shameful and alarming condition, which ended with an early death at an asylum. At only four years of age, Annabel lost her mother, and had never known her Maltese father. Shuffled from one boarding school to another, she was not welcome or loved by relatives at Highcliffe, for she was tainted with illegitimacy and, perhaps, her mother’s madness. Two decades later, she is underhandedly summoned back by her peevish and secretive cousin, Edward Everedge, who has plans for her future–of which Annabel is vehemently opposed. As the weeks pass,…

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review: Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd

Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd In the entourage of Swedish Princess Cecelia, Elin von Snakenborg arrives in Elizabethan England after a harrowing months-long voyage, unsure about her future when she finds her dowry and her fiancés affections usurped. However dim her prospects, she shines at court with her quick wit and unflagging devotion to her mistress—qualities not lost on England’s formidable monarch. When the time comes for the Sweds to move on, Elin is asked to stay, for she had captured the eye of a marquis and the respect of the Queen of England. Elin became Helena, Marchioness of Northampton—the second lady in the land. Privileged as she may have become, she was also confined in many ways, with the Queen’s wishes always priority…

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