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Christmas in the Country by Carola Dunn
Christmas in the Country by Carola Dunn
For me, a Regency romance should be consistent: historically accurate, language of the period, characters to reflect the mores and opinions of their time, characters to act plausibly.

Sorry, but the characters and the outcomes are not plausible within the contexts. The plots are too predictable, and the writing just isn't good enough to make up for the conveyor-belt -like progress of events.
It's the sort of book you feel mildly ashamed of reading. Think Barbara Cartland and you won't go far wrong.
The Dean's Watch by Goudge
The Dean's Watch by Goudge
I nearly gave up during the first few pages or so which describe the watchmaker at his work. I thought it seemed a bit slow, and nearly gave up. How glad I am that I persevered with this wonderful book.
It follows the lives of a small group of people who live in and around Ely cathedral and traces how they are changed through their interactions with each other, and how they grow in love- a Christian would describe it as how they are offered God's grace, and how they respond to it.
Seeing how the characters change and grow in happiness is just wonderful. I have already recommended the book to several friends. It's a book you will want to talk about with kindred spirits… Read more
Finding Your Hidden Treasure by Benignus O'Rourke
Finding Your Hidden Treasure by Benignus O'Rourke
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you are a beginner at this "praying" lark, then this is a wonderful companion to take on your journey. If you are an old hand, a struggler, stuck, or growing tepid, then this is a wonderful prayer companion for you, too.
Benignus O'Rourke, an Augustinian, is a wise, compassionate and readable guide for anyone wanting to come closer to God. He has opened his heart to his readers, and speaks truly. What he said really resonated with me, and I suspect with
many, many others. The chapters are short, very readable.
Buy it for yourself, or for a friend. It will be a book to keep by you forever.