Romance Novels on The Point

What a delightful treat it was this morning to have Petra Mayer join us on The Point with Mindy Todd on WCAI! Petra Mayer is an editor (and the resident nerd) at NPR Books, focusing on fiction, and particularly genre fiction. Our topic was romance novels, and I learned lots about romance novels both from Petra and from all the reading I did prior to the book show. If you are a romance reader and want to add a book to our list, just leave us a comment with your suggestion. Miss the show? You can listen anytime online! Want to know more about reading romance ebooks online? Just head over to CLAMS and learn all about the Libby App! (Or stop by the reference desk.)

Mindy’s Pick

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Petra’s Picks

The Duchess War by Courtney Milan
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Band Sinister and Any Old Diamonds by KJ Charles (available via the Commonwealth Catalog, but we’ll try to add some paper copies as well)
Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev
Listen to the Moon by Rose Lerner
Act Like It by Lucy Parker
An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole (or any of her historicals)

Not Enough Time For:
Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series – you can read them in chronological order by story or by pub date but the best one is The Black Hawk.

Jill’s Picks

Encyclopedia of Romance Fiction, edited by Kristin Ramsdell
Everything I Know About Love I Learned From Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell (Not available as a paper book in CLAMS, but head to the Commonwealth Catalog and you can check out an e-book version!)
A Duke By Default  by Alyssa Cole
Duchess By Night by Eloisa James
How to Read a Dress: a guide to changing fashion from the 16th to the 20th century by Lydia Edwards
With My Body by Nikki Gemmell
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart
The 100 Best Romance Novels by Jennifer Lawler

And one fascinating book, which I did not have time to mention this morning is The American Duchess Guide to 18th Century Dressmaking: how to hand sew Georgian gowns and wear them with style by Lauren Stowell and Abby Cox. The book is dedicated to “all the nameless dressmakers and milliners throughout history.”  What is the book about? The authors explain: “Within these pages we will take you on a dressmaking journey through the Georgian era, helping you to learn about, create and dress in four types of gowns and their accessories.” If you sew one of these gowns, you’ll have to stop by and show Mindy!

Listener Picks

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane


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