By The Sword by Alison Stuart

By the SwordA romance novel where, for the most part, the hero and heroine live apart. It being a time when letters were the mode of communication, these two had no idea what happened with the other.

Kate Ashley is a young widow who runs her household and is raising her nine-year old son. She does not wish to marry again. Out of the blue, after receiving an invitation to a house named Seven Ways to meet a relative of her late husband whose family has been estranged from that of her husband’s family for a long time.

At Seven Ways, not only she finds friendship but also another love. She finds Jonathan Thornton, a Royalist soldier who has been at war since a decade fighting to keep the rightful King of England on his throne.

There is a catch here. Tom (Kate’s son) is sort of replica of Jonathan Thornton. Family resemblance and all.

 Back to the review.

Jonathan and Kate feel something for each other but they keep their feelings to themselves as both of them know that there is nothing for them in the future because as far as priorities go, Jonathan’s number one priority is his King.

One may wonder, how does their romance stay put?

Here is how.

Though the only times they get chances of being together are in between all the skirmishes and preparations for battle, they remain faithful to each other (unlike other people also mentioned in the novel who only believe fidelity to only to be kept as far as emotions go).

Parliament wins and Jonathan is nothing but a traitor and circumstances demand that he endured self-inflicted exile if he wishes to live. He is no more a free man.

Another catch. When Jonathan finally proposed Kate, she says she will marry him when e will be a free man. She will wait for that day.

While all this plays out, Prescott (a Parliamentarian soldier who hates Jonathan) informs him of his bastard child living in Oxford. He does not know it to be true or otherwise but goes to find the truth of it when he leaves Seven Ways and Kate to live a life in exile. And voila! It is true. He has a daughter who is six years of age.

Not wanting to burden Kate more, he leaves his daughter with an Uncle in London and leaves. And gets caught at the dock and sent to the London Tower.

Having not heard from her love, she seeks out the aforementioned uncle to help her find him as she believes Jonathan to be in trouble. This uncle is also a Parliamentarian but he is Family.

I am not going to give the climax away but it being a Romance there definitely is a Happily Ever After after the reunion which I leave you to find out for yourself.


One amazing thing about this one is the not only the dialogue uses the words more popular during the time but the narrative keeps up with that as well. No modern or fancy words to bring you out of the world that is solely the book’s.

Medical Romances

I have often been asked why I say that I specially like to read Medical Romances.

Here, I will try answering the same. Following are the reasons:

– The doctors and nurses these stories are of, are very passionate about the work they do. Do not take it to mean that the same is not true if you happen to be business person, a banker (which I am) or a writer (which I hope to be) for that matter. What stands out is their drive in this profession and how a tiny mistake on their part can cause someone their life. The intensity of it all just gets to me.

– It also happens, that when I pick up a medical romance, I learn something. You may wonder what can one learn out of a Romance book. I will tell you what. For starters, I learn about new medical conditions around the world and what is being done to cure them. Not everything I learn is scientific though. It also helps understand how one should never judge another as you have never been in their shoes. The doctors and nurses dealing with these patients and attendants gives all of that a perspective.

Below I am going to mention four (for symmetrical purposes) Medical Romances that I have read and an equal number that I’d like to get my hands on.

The following are from my Read shelf.

It Happened in ParisA Date with her Valentine Doc








The Doctor's Royal Love-ChildEmergency Wife Lost and Found









The following are from my To-Read shelf.

Bachelor On The Baby Ward

Breaking Her No-Dating Rule








The Surgeon's Christmas WishFlirting with Dr. Off-Limits









She Loves Me, He Loves Me Not by Zeenat Mahal

SLMHLMNAs usual, Zeenat Mahal comes up with a story that leaves you awed.

This is a story of a lawyer and a TV anchor.

Zoella had been crushing on her best friend’s brother, Fardeen, for ever since she can remember. Because at her own home she is treated as a second class family member, she spends more and more time with Sawaba, her best friend, at her place. It is more like a real home for her.

Once her sister in law starts accusing her to have had sexual relations with Sawaba’s male family members, her brother (Zoella’s that is) stats forcing Sawaba’s parents to get one of their sons to marry Zoella.

At this point Fardeen is at his lowest. His face is all scarred up from an accident and due to which his fiancée has left him. A woman he had thought who loved him.

Forced into marriage with Zoella, he resents her for this. Never taking into account that Zoella is suffering as well being married to a man who does not love her. Fardeen refuses plastic surgery but is unable to accept his new reality.

Zoella wants him to be the Fardeen he was before the accident. She desires this not because she believes he will love her then but rather so that he makes peace with his demons. She plans of divorcing him once that happens because it kills her inside to know that this man would never respect her and love her. There is also this instant when he remarks in a way that means he calls his wife a whore. Though it was done unthinkingly (is that even a word?) it happened nonetheless.

After all the surgeries are done, it is up to Fardeen to make his wife believe in him and his love which he does while inflicting more pain. He is kind of a moron, really.

As they say, all’s well that ends well. But discounting the entire journey is unwise as it is what teaches us and makes who we are.

This one made to my favourites.