HaBO: Travel Agent, Maybe Rachel?
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Articles / February 18, 2020

This HaBO comes from Priya, who is looking for a possible category romance: I read this (possibly Silhouette) romance in the mid-90’s. The heroine is a travel agent who once married an older man and adopted a son with him, but is now a widow raising a teenager by herself. The hero is a well-off business dude who’s only just discovered that his high school sweetheart got pregnant and gave up his/their baby without telling him that she was ever pregnant. He’s tracked the baby down (who is now being raised by the heroine) and wants to get to know him. And he ends up falling in love with the kid’s mom. Does anyone remember this book? I think it was called “Loving Rachel” but the only book I can find with that name is a memoir and decidedly not a Silhouette romance. So maybe I’m wrong about the title. Would love to know if anyone else remembers this book. Sound familiar to anyone?

Time Travel, Dragons, & More
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Articles / February 18, 2020

Garden Spells RECOMMENDED: Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is $2.99! This author became an auto-buy for me after I read this book as a part of a GoodReads reading challenge. I would liken this book to women’s fiction with a magical realism slant. It’s heartwarming and beautiful and has a 4-star rating on GR. I even wrote a Keeper Shelf squee for it; that’s how much I love this book. In a garden surrounded by a tall fence, tucked away behind a small, quiet house in an even smaller town, is an apple tree that is rumored to bear a very special sort of fruit. In this luminous debut novel, Sarah Addison Allen tells the story of that enchanted tree, and the extraordinary people who tend it.… The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers. Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures. A successful caterer, Claire Waverley prepares dishes made with her…

HaBO: Hero Abandoned on the Docks
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Articles / February 18, 2020

This HaBO request is from Susan, who is searching for a historical romance: Hero’s backstory: He is the son of a Duke (?) and his mom hates his dad so much she drops the hero off on the London docks/Thames waterfront when he is a small child. He gets put to work as a mudlark along with other young boys. When he is years older, maybe 8 to 12 yeas old, his father somehow finds him and takes him back into the life he should have led. He’s married and the heroine also has a troubled past. Her mother died in a carriage accident on a bridge over the Thames, and there is some controversy about a missing necklace. In the end the hero proves his love by using the mad skills he developed as a child (as if, just got to love these bananas books!) swimming underwater. He dives down and miraculously finds the lost necklace. How deep is that dive?

Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas
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Articles / February 18, 2020

C+ Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas February 18, 2020 · Avon Historical: EuropeanRegencyRomance In Chasing Cassandra, the sixth book in the Ravenels series, railway magnate Tom Severin finally gets his turn to be the hero. I have been hoping for a book about Tom since he was introduced in the first book in the Ravenels series. After all, I love to read about a Sad Historical Businessman brought low by love! Unfortunately, while I enjoyed this book, it also pained me because I felt like it could have been so much more. We open on the wedding of Pandora and Gabriel, who were the main couple from a previous book in the series, Devil in Spring. This wedding is where Tom and Cassandra meet. Tom is basically instantly smitten with Cassandra, but he’s also afraid of how intensely she makes him feel. Cassandra is charmed by Tom, but wants to marry for love, and Tom claims to be incapable of that. Most of the book describes their quite entertaining will-they-or-won’t-they quasi-courtship over the course of many months. There are plenty of accidental meetings, meddling relatives and secretaries, an adorable orphan child named Bazzle, one or more humorous lice infestations, and,…