Joanna Bourne FTW! Three of us here at Dear Author have read Joanna Bourne’s The Spymaster’s Lady and the consensus is that it is super fabulous. The heroine is an amazing French spy who everyone believes holds the plans to Albion, the French invasion of Great Britain. This sets spymaster Grey, Head of the entire British Section, on her heels. The novel is a triumph of the use of language as Bourne creates unique linguistic patterns for her characters. Annique sounds French, Grey sounds English, and everyone else has their own unique cadence, lending a rich overlay to the complex and surprising plot. It’s a book that reminds you why you love historicals.
On the Wings of Love by Elizabeth Lane is a gem of a historical set in 1911. As Jayne called it, it was a period in which the individuals lived “on the knife edge of change” and Lane deftly weaves the spirit of the time period throughout the story. Alex is a woman who wants more from life than just marriage and babies. She pursues, almost doggedly, her passion for flying until she realizes that her quest for individual achievement can be costly. Rafe is of the newer generation and can see woman as more than baby makers. Rafe, like Alex’s father, is independent and proud. He wants to make his mark in life on his own terms and he must struggle against loving Alex for who she is and the feelings of protectiveness that she creates within him.