An evocative love story

MemoryofSenseThe Memory of Lost Senses by Judith Kinghorn is a complicated tale of love, lust, longing, and loss in the time of war. The book is not a quick read it. It is a heavily-layered tale that traverses two ages. It spans the period from the end the Belle Époque to the beginning of the Jazz Age, and chronicles the love affairs of a larger-than-life countess. 

The novel begins with the arrival of a glamorous but elderly countess to a small English village. Cora is accompanied by her best friend and grandson, and has returned to England after many years in Europe. Once she is settled her old friend Sylvia, a famous novelist, arrives to write her memoirs. 

The story moves back and forth through time as Cora recalls her life and hints at dark secrets. Her unlikely confidant is not Sylvia her friend who is there to write her memoir, but Cecily a young village school teacher who dreams of writing and traveling someday. Cecily is also attracted to Cora’s grandson Jack, a dashing young man who returns her attentions.  

The novel is fraught with tension from unspoken secrets that are hinted at but not made clear to the reader. The narrative is confusing and the book starts slowly, but it picks up after the first few chapters. Fans of the period and of Kinghorn will enjoy this lyrical, evocative love story. 

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Ill-fated love affair

The September Queen by Gillian Bagwell is a rollercoaster of a romance. It tells the story of Jane Lane who helped the roguish and handsome King Charles II escape from Cromwell’s England. 

Bagwell’s novel paints the love affair between the intellectual, lovely Jane and the charming, but unfaithful Charles. Jane, still unmarried at 25, knows that Charles is the man she can never have, yet she gives him her heart and body.
 
Jane and her brother are forced to flee England when their part in his flight from England is uncovered. They join the court of the vagabond king without a country, and finally return home when Charles is restored to the throne.
 
Bagwell’s telling of Charles and Jane’s romance is bittersweet and full of passion.
This richly-detailed story will delight lovers of a hot romance!
 
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Romance thru the ages

Jewel of St. Petersburg by Kate Furnivall sweeps readers back to the grand and turbulent final years of Tsarist Russia. Valentina Ivanova, the daughter of a Russian aristocrat, is a beautiful talented pianist caught up in the revolution that sweeps the country. Men from all factions pursue her as she fights for her family’s survival.

Jewel of St. Petersburg is a passion-packed romance that will delight readers who admire a strong-minded heroine. If you the heat is getting to you, relax with a tale set in snowy Russia of bygone days.
 
The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine by Cecelia Holland tells the lesser-known story of a young Eleanor of Aquitaine in the court of the French king Louis VII. Eleanor of Aquitaine remains one of the most powerful and compelling women in history. Born in the Aquitaine region of what is now France, she married twice to become the queen of both France and England. She was also the mother of three Kings. She is credited with the creation of “courtly love”.
 
The Secret Eleanor: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine tell of Eleanor’s plot with her sister Petronilla to escape her dull marriage to her religious and monk-like husband Louis VII to marry a young and virile Henry Anjou.
 
Eleanor was well-educated and literate. She was reported to be cunning and adept at politics. Cecelia Holland tells a tale of deception and passion that is riveting and entertaining.
 
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