NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)

Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!


Sunday, June 29, 2008


by Susan Holloway Scott

Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill follows the life of Sarah Jennings, a distant relative of the late Princess Diana, from her common beginnings during the final years of the reign of King Charles II through her marriage to future war hero John Churchill, her meteoric rise at court and her devastating fall from the favor of her life-long friend and former lover, Queen Anne.

Romance readers take note: When I looked at the author's photo in the back of the book, I couldn't figure out why she looked so familiar. Turns out, while Duchess is her first book as "Susan Holloway Scott", she wrote more than 30 historical romances under the name "Miranda Jarrett". I loved her books in the Harlequin Historicals line! (Do you remember Harlequin Historicals? It was a great line of books.) That completely explained why this book read like a straight historical most of the time but had identifiable romance novel elements in certain parts. Duchess is a satisfying read that skillfully bridges the gap between "historical" and "historical romance".

Other books by Susan Holloway Scott:

Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II
The King's Favorite: A Novel of Nell Gwyn and King Charles II

Look for more information on Susan Holloway Scott and her work on her Official Web Site.


Teddy Rose said...

Great review! I added it to my TBR.

Lezlie said...

Teddy Rose ~ Thanks! She has a brand new one out called "The King's Favorite" that looks like a fun one.