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Ibbotson is such a fantastic writer that anything she writes draws you right into another world whether it be a world long gone by or a world made up of magic.  In this book, we enter the world of Pfaffenstein, a run down castle where a princess lives.  But this is no ordinary princess, she is a princess of the people who thinks that royalty is silly and should be gotten rid of. So she is living in Vienna and working as an under-wardrobe mistress to an opera company.  Enter a self-made millionaire who wants to propose to his childhood secret by giving her a dream come true.  He buys Pfaffenstein and plans to throw an elaborate party there.  But of course nothing works out quite as planned, but that is all to the good.  Ibbotson’s major strength lies in her ability to craft characters that leap off the page and worlds that seep so real you can taste the food being served.  I have yet to read a book of hers that wasn’t spectacular.

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Zoe Lexham was abducted and lived in a harem for 12 years.  Now she is back and her family is happy,but scandalized.  Enter Lucien de Grey.  A longtime family friend, he promises to make Zoe acceptable to society.  But of course she becomes much more acceptable to him.  She is everything that is not proper, and Lucien cannot help but be drawn to her.  She doesn’t understand the rules of Society and really doesn’t want to.  Together they can be amazing, but apart they will be lonely.  It is yet another rather unconventional historical romance.

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Eleanor will only marry a duke after her first love (a duke) marries someone else.  She wants him to know that she still loves him, but instead it makes her look snobbish and aloof.  Enter an eligible Duke who will only marry the daughter of a Duke.  At the moment, there are only two on the market, Lisette and ELeanor.  Bring all the characters together at a house in the country.  Put a made daughter of a duke with a passionate one and make the Duke choose.  A delightful, if quirky historical romance.

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Underground by Kat Richardson

  Harper Blaine is still trying to lead a normal life, despite the fact that she is a Greywalker, able to walk in teh inbetween places between life and death.  Some new creature is attacking the homeless in Seattle and Harper must discover what it is.  This was a horribly cold book,  even though I read it during the summer, Richardson has such a vivid way of describing things that it felt like it was a frigid winter.  Harper is a great character, and I think she would get along well with Harry Dresden.

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  Iphiginia Bright goes to London to masquerade as the former mistress of the Earl of MAsters.  She thinks him dead and is attempting to stop a blackmail plot against her aunt.  But Masters is not dead and he and Iphiginia, after a rocky start, join forces to find out who the blackmailer is.  Iphiginia is a clever, well developed character as is Masters.  Quick’s books are always full of twists and turns that leave you wanting to stay up late into the night to find out what happens.  And I love the cover.

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  Tobias March and Lavinia Lake are back.  They are happily living in sin, but their younger charges do not approve.  They feel they should be married. However, they don’t have time to think about that when there is a murder to be solved.  A woman comes to Tobias from his past, asking him for help.  He cannot help but assist her and of course Lavinia joins in.  As usual,  Quick does a great job with the characterization.  Hopefully we will see more of Tobias and Lavinia.

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Another historical romance fraught with disappontment and confusion.  Moira hates Kenneth, Kenneth hates Moira.  But it is all because of one evening eight years ago.  He is back from the war, she is now engaged to a pompous ass.  They bicker and fight, but yet they still lvoe each other.  When unforseen circumstances force them to marry, it is up to them to determine if they can make it work.

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