FAYE DASEN: Catching Up on the Romance Novel Scene
I've got to play a little catch-up with this column. I've read several romances in various genres that cry out to be mentioned.
The Red Hat Society's Domestic Goddess
By Regina Hale Sutherland
Warner, 2006, $5.99
Millie Truman, a widow for five years, finds herself spending all of her time cooking and cleaning for her sons, Mitchell and Steven.
A divorced man moves in next door, so Millie, along with some of the other Red Hat members, come up with a "Bachelor's Survivor Class" to teach these men how to take care of themselves.
In the process, Millie frees herself from servitude and starts a new relationship.
By Shari Anton
Warner, 2006, $6.50
This is the second in Anton's trilogy featuring the de Leon sisters.
Lady Emma de Leon is now almost a prisoner of the court because her father and brother were deemed to be traitors. Her younger sister is being kept at a convent, and Emma vows to ask King Stephen to allow the girl to go home.
On that visit to the king, Emma, whose magic gift is that of psychic visions, sees the man that she has seen in visions over the years. She knows that they are destined to be lovers. When Darian is imprisoned, she knows she must help him escape.
All sorts of derring-do ensue as they try to prove Darian's innocence and also deal with their growing love.
By Sandra Hill
Warner, 2006, $6.99
Sandra Hill's humor shines through in her books.
Veronica "Ronnie" Jinkowsky pays a visit to her grandfather, who is trying to convince her to remarry Jake (for the fourth time).
In order to throw them together, he offers to give Ronnie his treasure hunting company, and sends her off in search of the Pink Diamonds, which were supposedly on a ship that has been under the ocean for 60 years.
Close proximity works its magic on Ronnie and Jake. But can it last?
By Janet Dailey
Kensington, 2006, $6.99
Even though the title says "Christmas," this book really takes place over the course of several months.
Luck McClure and his son move to the little town of Cable, Wis. Eve Rowland, now 26, has lived there all of her life -- and still resides with her parents, who would love to see her find a good man and get married.
One night as she walks home from church, Eve runs into Luke (literally), who has just exited the tavern after having a few too many drinks. In spite of his condition, he impresses her with his good looks and friendly smile, but she figures she'll never see him again. Fate takes a hand in the form of Luke's son, Toby, and the spark between Luke and Eve has a chance to become a roaring fire.
Dailey is the author of so many books that I'm not sure that anyone can count them.
Faye Dasen may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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