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  • Sweet Slow Burn

    I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows is the second book in Olivia Waite’s delightful Feminine Pursuits Series. The books in the series can be read as stand-alones, but I really enjoyed The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and do recommend reading it also. Widow Agatha Griffin discovers a swarm of bees has infested a storage area in her print shop and seeking to remedy the situation she is referred to beekeeper Penelope Flood who moves the swarm and sets Agatha up with her own hive. While learning about how to care for that hive from Penelope, a friendship develops and gradually over time becomes something more. The story is lovely with a strong cast of supporting characters and takes place in a tumultuous historical period, shortly after Peterloo and during the time George IV was trying to divorce his wife, Caroline. Steam Level: Very Steamy. Publishing Date: July 28, 2020. #TheCareAndFeedingOfWashpishWidows #OliviaWaite #historicalromance #FFRomance #bookstagram #HarperCollinsCanada #AvonRomance #HarperCollinsPublishers

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  • Lovely

    Agatha Griffin is a printer. Penelope Flood is a beekeeper. They meet when Agatha finds bees in the wall of her warehouse in Melliton. Both are alone. Agatha is a widow; Penelope’s husband (of convenience) is at sea with her brother on a whaling ship. The women enjoy each other’s company. There is a spark of attraction at first, and as they spend time together in Melliton and London that attraction grows. Could they be falling in love? Can they make a relationship work? Agatha and Penelope (Griffin and Flood to each other) are wonderful characters. Their story takes place amid political upheaval and small-town tyranny. Intelligent, strong, and independent, they weather it all. A little history, interesting side stories, interesting facts about printing and beekeeping, and a heartwarming romance make this an enjoyable read. I received an ARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. My review is voluntary.

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  • Don’t be misled by the cover...

    These women are 45-ish: grown. Working class. They aren’t wearing yellow ball gowns or strangely-modern suits. All that to say, don’t judge a book… . Because this one is GREAT. Real-life issues of the Regency time. Feminism, radicalism, capitalism. Slow-burn romance. Marriage of convenience. And of course, bees. . And in this story, the villain – and even more, the henchmen - are absolutely frightening because they’re so realistic. You wouldn’t even really call them henchmen, because they are local people known to the main characters for years. It’s likely it was even more queasy-making because of the current signs of totalitarianism we’re seeing IRL, though I wouldn’t say it’s a direct parallel. . The only thing I didn’t love, was that the solution to the problem didn’t seem as bulletproof to me as all the characters seemed to think it was. So I didn’t quite get the complete sigh of relief. But in terms of the relationships: really not a word to say in complaint. Real characters, real pining, really steamy kissing scenes. Well-paced, well-written, and makes me want to learn more. What more could you ask for? (beyond a new cover ha ha). . The author’s earlier book, The Ladies Guide to Celestial Mechanics, is also excellent. (It’s loosely tied in here with some mentions of characters but both are standalone.)

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