Don't get me wrong - these are still way better than the average romance novel, but since they were written very, very early in Nora's career, they're, well, less than perfect. Shocking as it may seem to imply that NR has ever produced anything less than flawless, early on she hadn't gained the unique style we know and love - as anyone who bought 'Irish Hearts' when it was re-issued, only to wonder if it could possibly have been written by the same woman - will attest.
These definately don't have the in depth character development of her later Silhouettes - the Stanislaski or MacGregor books for instance. There are a few lose ends here that are never tied up satisfactorily and some little niggles in the plot that irritate. Plus, if you are anything like me, you'll be disappointed by the submissive flavour of the heroines in both books, characteristic of romances penned in the eighties. NR eventually broke that mold - but not for a while after she published these.
Also, in order to correct the impression given by several other reviews - these books are not part of the Stanislaski Saga. There is not even one Stanislaski character in them. These books feature two characters who were present in one chapter of 'Considering Kate' in cameo roles.
These are worth buying, but brace yourself for a little disappointment when you have to admitt that NR is not, in fact, practically perfect in every way.