Moving closer to 2017, I wanted to shout out to public libraries everywhere, and especially mine, the Madison Public Library. I did an article for one of our local papers (nearly three years ago now - wow, time flies!) on one of our area librarians who’s a romance fan.

As many of you know, I’m an avid audiobook consumer, and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I go to find a romance novel on Overdrive and it’s actually there! (That’s a side shout out to Overdrive, because if it’s not in the Overdrive system, it can’t be in the Madison library system.)

Thanks friends! 

There are a lot of books and authors I’ve had on my radar screen for a while, and I’m happy to say I’ve been able to catch up on a few that I’ve found in my library’s Overdrive collection.

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12.8 Romance_WorthTheFall Worth the Fall by Claudia Connor - This book was adorable and extremely touching. I have many friends who recommended it to me (I’m waving at you, Lorelei) and was pleased to discover my library had it in audio via Overdrive. I definitely concur with the recommendations and add my praise for the title. The love story between a Navy Seal and a pregnant widow with four kids surprised me, but it was both convincing and deeply moving. (Though I do have to say that it was slightly unrealistic, in that Abby’s kids don’t fight or whine on the page, and she never once complains about being tired.) Still it’s a lovely romance, and I think you’ll enjoy it if you pick it up.

A Most Scandalous Proposal by Ashlyn Macnamara - I enjoyed this debut, though it was flawed. (Debuts often are.) I felt the author could have made two shorter, tighter books and fleshed out the characters a bit better. However, there were enough good writing and other details that I definitely look forward to reading more from Macnamara; while I didn’t completely love the book, I admired a lot about it, and I honor her attempt at such a complex plot that had echoes of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. (And I tend to be a very picky reader, so…)

What a Duke Dares by Anna Campbell - Campbell has been on my watch list for a while, and I’ve heard amazing things about her. This story was high on sexual tension and romantic intensity, with two main characters, Penelope and Camden, who were childhood friends, but fell distant when he proposed to her and she refused him. Pen moves to the continent and Cam attempts to find a biddable wife, but is drawn back into Pen’s orbit when her brother, one of his best friends, elicits a death bed promise that he’ll bring her home. Now a duke, Cam’s life is turned upside down when they travel together to England, but since Pen is in love with him and convinced he’ll never love her, and he is determined to never love anyone, their path to happiness is perilous (and delectable!).

12.8 Romance_devil The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson - I’ve had this on my TBR pile for forever, and while it didn’t surprise me at all that my library had it on Overdrive, it surprised me that I actually took the plunge to listen to it. What a treat! I so rarely take the time to dive in to non-fiction, but this was a fascinating and utterly riveting read about Chicago’s crazy journey to hosting the Chicago World’s Fair juxtaposed against the dark history of the serial killer who took advantage of the huge crowds surrounding it and the growing Midwestern metropolis. If you enjoy historical non-fiction, this is a must-read (if you haven’t already read it), and I was impressed with how Larson handled the killer’s sprawling story. It was compelling, but it handled the facts in a no-nonsense way that was definitely chilling but not sensationalist, allowing the horrific narrative to speak for itself. It made the storytelling stronger while also much more bearable to read, given the menacing reality. (Next on my non-fiction someday list is The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. Any NF titles you’ve been wanting or meaning to pick up?)

So many great books everywhere, and I hope you’re all digging in to some good reading! Be sure to check out your library (pun intended!) and remember, requesting books from all of your available library platforms is another great way to support authors!

Thanks Madison Public Library and Overdrive! You’re awesome. (Now if we could only get some more diverse titles and authors on audio and in the system, it would be even better.) xo

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