Author Archives: sandlane

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets. This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to Madame de Montespan during the […]

The Lost Duchess

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early Tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Roanoke Island in the New World. The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and an adventurer sailor, Kit, who has decided to make […]

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury

The Chance by Karen Kingsbury. This wonderful novel by Karen Kingsbury is an inspirational story of love. It tells the story of two young people who are separated by circumstances beyond their control,¬†but over the years their love for each other is not forgotten. If anything, the love between them increases. Ellie and her true […]

the Red Rose of Anjou by Jean Plaidy

The Red Rose of Anjou by Jean Plaidy The Red Rose of Anjou is a wonderful story of the life of Margart of Anjou who marries King Henry VI of England. It gives a fascinating account of the life of Margaret in her early years at the castles of Saumur and Angers and her visits […]

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

The Masqueraders¬† by Georgette Heyer Once again, another wonderful novel by Georgette Heyer! I enjoyed reading this novel of adventure and romance. It is wonderful. The two protagonists of the story, Prudence and Robin Merriott, are obliged to don disguise on the instructions of their father, and are sent, as it were, into the lions’ […]

Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck

Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck Love Starts With Elle by Rachel Hauck is a compelling story of love, loss, hope and wonder. I enjoyed reading this contemporary story set in Beaufort, a small rural town in USA. It is also an inspiring story of an aspiring painter, Elle, and a lawyer who has […]

The Pindar Diamond by Katie Hickman

The Pindar Diamond. This wonderful novel is set in early seventeenth century Venice. The story is inspirational and a joy to read. This book follows on from the exotic novel set in Old Constantinople, The Aviary Gate, in which an English merchant’s fiancee, Celia Lamprey, is captured on a sea voyage, sold and taken to […]

The Kings’ Mistresses

The Kings’ Mistresses: the Liberated Lives of Marie Mancini, Princess Colonna, and her Sister Hortense, Duchess Mazarin by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith. The Kings’ Mistresses, by Elizabeth C Goldsmith, is a fascinating story of the lives of Marie Mancini and her sister Hortense during the time of the seventeenth century in Europe. As such , it […]

The Way We Were

The Way We Were by Elizabeth Noble The Way We Were is a story told with panache and verve by the author. She tells the story as it is and what a roller coaster of emotional drama it is! This story is set in England of London and rural England. Sometimes the story is told […]

The Women of the Cousins’ War, The Duchess, The Queen and The King’s Mother

The Women of the Cousins’ War by Philippa Gregory Three stories by three different authors comprise this book which is quite fascinating to read for the medieval times of English history and the early reign of the Tudors. The first story is of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, who was married to King Henry V’s brother, John […]


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