You know, I was a bit grumpy last week when we missed out on a long bank holiday weekend, but this four-day weekend has probably made up for it.
Reading-wise, I started on Carla Kelly‘s new release, MARRIAGE OF MERCY, over the weekend – enjoying the historical setting and the quiet attraction between heroine/hero (not so much the compulsory evil cousin though). I also got around to reading the new-ish Nora Roberts courtesy of my library – her romantic suspense standalone THE WITNESS. This was more of a mixed bag – I liked the suspense sections, but thought the pacing slacked off somewhat when I reached the romance part. The library also came through with Isabelle Holland‘s TRELAWNY’S FELL – this was a proper old-school hardcover published in 1976, with original library cards still intact. It got me into the right mood, and I loved the book – it had all the modern Gothic must-haves, including a spooky manor house with a maze of attics, identity-swapping, and a sprinkling of romance.
And links of interest I’ve come across:
I loved Ernest Cline‘s READY PLAYER ONE when I read it earlier this year (I know, I haven’t really been talking about books I loved this year, have I?), and That Cover Girl had a great post about the covers of the various editions. While I had seen the hardcover edition in the bookstore, it was the paperback cover that made me grab it off the shelves.
Everyone’s probably seen this by now, but this Almack’s voucher posted by Jane @ Dear Author? Ahhhh. I’m guessing you can tell who the historical romance reader are by reactions (or lack of) to this picture.