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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Went on a little spending spree at the bookstore yesterday:

What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew by Daniel Pool. (This looks like a handy little starter reference book. I just wish the text weren't so crammed on the page. Have pity on my poor aging eyes, publishers!)

This guide to daily life in 19th-centuryEngland is a welcome companion for readers of Austin, the Brontes, Dickens, and Trollope. The first section is a collection of engrossing short chapters on various aspects of British life, including clothing, etiquette, marriage, money, occupations, society, and transportation. For example, customs now lost but very much practiced at the time were primogeniture, which ensured that the great family houses would not be split up, and the avoidance of eating cheese by the middle class, who considered it a food for the poor. The second part of the book is a glossary of commonly used words or phrases that may be unfamiliar to the modern reader; for instance, tar was a colloquial name for a sailor. Although there are many books on the social history of 19th-century Britain (including several companions to Victorian fiction), this volume is useful because of its concise chapters and lengthy glossary. Recommended for general literature collections.

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Irresistible by Susan Mallery (btw, there are a ton of romance novels with this title. Defo one to avoid as a writer unless you're wedded to it. I like Mallery's books, but I'm always a tiny bit disappointed because end up wanted more romance than she includes. I think she's more woman's fiction with romance subplot, but this one *sounds* more romancey than the other books I've read of hers. We'll see.)

As a single mom, Elissa Towers has had to make it on her own, but now her car is falling apart, and the tires are worn thin. When Elissa's reclusive neighbor, Walker Buchanan, buys her new tires, she pays him back with baked goods, and soon Walker is eating dinner with Elissa and her daughter. He is attracted to spunky Elissa, but he is on a mission to find the girlfriend of a buddy in the service who took a bullet for him. As part of the Buchanan restaurant empire, introduced in Delicious (2006), Walker has no need for money, but he worries about Elissa's finances while she frets about making up with her parents. Mallery has written an emotionally charged story of two people who are perfect for each other but need to get past their personal demons before they can forge a relationship. This is one book that lives up to its title.

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A Dark Love by Margaret Carroll.)(Love me a *good* romantic-suspense/thriller. Hope this one is.)

Caroline Hughes abandons her abusive, controlling psychiatrist husband, hoping to begin a new life with a new name, but Dr. Porter Moross, a Freudian analyst who's more psycho than therapist, willingly destroys his life and career in a mad effort to track his elusive wife across the country. Finding shelter in a tiny mountain town, Caroline meets divorced football player Ken Kincaid, but their romance sometimes seems wedged into a story mostly focused on Porter's madness and Caroline's fear. Porter is both terrifying and sympathetic, while Caroline seems almost waifish until an unexpected and satisfying ending makes it clear that she's not just waiting for Ken to save her. Suspense fans who like a touch of romance will find this a winner.

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Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa Kleypas (I've been dying for this one to come out in mass-market pb. Now I have the whole series. I really, really like LK's contemporary romances.)

Ella Varner grew up with a troublesome mother and an insecure sister, but she has managed to come out of it reasonably sane, with a good (if vegan) boyfriend, Dane, and a job as an advice columnist. All of this gets turned upside down when her sister disappears and sticks Ella with her newborn, Luke. Determined to find Luke's father, Ella tracks down a likely suspect—millionaire playboy Jack Travis. The encounter results in Travis and Ella unexpectedly engaged in an irrepressible attraction. Meanwhile, Ella grows fond of baby Luke and fears what will happen when Tara returns. As Ella grapples with conflicting desires, she learns some important lessons about love and trust.

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Dark Angel~Lord Carew's Bride by Mary Balogh

Jennifer Winwood has been engaged for five years to a man she hardly knows but believes to be honorable and good: Lord Lionel Kersey. Suddenly, she becomes the quarry of London’s most notorious womanizer, Gabriel Fisher, the Earl of Thornhill. Jennifer has no idea that she is just a pawn in the long-simmering feud between these two headstrong, irresistible men—or that she will become a prize more valuable than revenge.

Jennifer’s cousin Samantha Newman is smarting after she too is toyed with by Lord Kersey. In the midst of her heartbreak, she seeks solace from her new friend, the disabled gardener Hartley Wade. If only she knew that Hartley is secretly Lord Carew, and that he hides more than extraordinary wealth: a passionate secret held deep in his heart that only her love can reveal.

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An Impossible Attraction by Brenda Joyce. (It's been ages since I've read a Joyce book. I got this one because of the chapter 3 excerpt I read somewhere and because it has one of my favourite tropes- coldly arrogant, incapable of love, hero matched to impoverished heroine with whom he falls first madly in lust with and manipulates into being with him after which he falls hopelessly in love. Sometimes you just need to eat the whole box of chocolate, yanno? *gg*)

With her mother's passing, Alexandra Bolton gave up on love to take care of her family. Now, with the Bolton name in disgrace due to her father's profligate ways, marrying an elderly squire might be the only way to save her family from absolute ruin. But when she meets the infamous Duke of Clarewood, old dreams—and old passions—are awakened as never before. Yet she cannot accept his shocking proposition!
He is the wealthiest, most powerful peer in the realm, and having witnessed the cold horror of marriage as a child, he has vowed never to wed. But Alexandra Bolton inflames him as no woman has ever done, and she also serves him his first rejection! Now Clarewood—who always gets what he wants—will choose which rules to play by. But when passion finally brings them together, a terrible secret threatens to tear them apart….

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Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati. (Really looking forward to reading this one. Ms Donati is an awesome writer. God, I can't find a succinct synopsis, you'll have to read it on Amazon.)

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Candy Licker by Noire (Funny story about this one. The title and cover art put a smile on my face and I couldn't help plucking it from the shelf to find out more. Wey-hell... ::fans self:: Bought it. So, while I'm at the till checking out, an older lady sees the cover--she's a wee lttle thing--asks if the book was part of a course I was taking (Ryerson University is 2 blocks away). O_o lol. The cashier and I exchanged amused looks before I shook my head and said 'No' with a smile. In fact I've been so amused by that little exchange, I forgot to be flattered that she mistook me for a student. O_o But really, was like having your grandma find your astro-glide and think it was a new brand of hand-sanitizer. lol.

When Candy Raye Montana hooks up with Harlem rap don Junius "Hurricane" Jackson, she's expecting little more than a respite from serving as bait for stickups for her well-meaning but desperate mother and her mother's junkie boyfriend—and maybe a little luxury. But 'Cane turns out to be a major sociopath (with violent perversions that may be compensations for a small dick). Candy, unhappy and horny, turns to Internet cam mutual masturbation, but when Percy "Knowledge" Graham, Cane's lawyer, comes into her life, the love is real—and deeply satisfying. But Cane knows something's up, and Candy's life is more and more in the balance as Knowledge schemes to find a way for them to make a life together. Candy's first person and Knowledge's third begin to alternate chapters: both are completely absorbing and rarely miss. The cast of bling and trash extras are well-done and well-named.

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Runemarks by Joanne Harris. (This hardback was on the remainder table. Sounds interesting)

Seven o''clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the end of the world, and goblins have been at the cellar again. Not that anyone would admit it was goblins. In Maddy Smith's world, order rules. Chaos, old gods, faeries, magic-all of these were supposedly vanquished centuries ago. But Maddy knows that a small bit of magic has survived. The "ruinmark" she was born with on her palm proves it-and makes the other villagers fearful and suspicious that she is a witch.

But the mysterious traveler One-Eye sees Maddy's mark not as a defect, but a destiny. And Maddy will need every scrap that One-Eye can teach her about runes, cantrips, and glamours-every ounce of magic she can command-if she is to survive that destiny
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Lynn Viehl said...

You've sold me on another book; I just ordered the Jane Austen one plus Everyday Life in Regency and Victorian England, a book B& recommended when I put in the order. I got that because it sounded interesting, and let me get the entire order with free shipping. :)

vanessa jaye said...

"You've sold me on another book; I just ordered the Jane Austen one "

mwahhahahaaaa! My work here is done.

I just looked up that Everyday Life in Regency & Victorian England. They sell it at Indigo Chapters, but it looks like I'll have to order it from the warehouse. Doesn't seem to be in the stores. Thanks for the heads up on that book. :-)

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