Thursday, February 16, 2012

Romance Novels at the Library

If you've been by the library lately, you may have noticed our Valentine's Day display, which has tons of romantic items...and romance novels! Romance is one of my favorite genres, so I thought I'd list a few that the library has in its collection. Some of the books I've listed below have been used in the display, so be sure to ask for help if you have trouble finding one you'd like to read.
  • Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn - A Regency romance novel. Penelope Featherington is resigned to the idea of becoming an old maid, even though she has been in love with Colin Bridgerton, her best friend’s brother, for years. What she doesn't realize at first is that Colin has finally started noticing her as more than just a family friend.
  • Sizzle and Burn by Jayne Ann Krentz - This romantic suspense novel features a psychic heroine and a private investigator hero.
  • The Host by Stephanie Meyer - I'm sure just about everyone has at least heard of Meyer's Twilight series, but did you know that Meyer has also written about aliens? Although not technically a romance novel, this book features strong romantic subplots. It stars an alien who has taken over the body of a human girl.
  • The Big Bad Wolf Tells All by Donna Kauffman - This book mixes suspense with romantic comedy. The heroine, Tanzy, is a columnist with a stalker. She's unaware that her great-aunt's seemingly boring and dependable personal assistant is actually a private investigator her great-aunt hired to keep an eye on her.
  • A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux - Douglass is abandoned by her boyfriend while vacationing with him and his spoiled daughter in England. Heartbroken, she wishes she had a knight in shining armor, and Nicholas, a knight from the 16th century, magically appears. This book is much-loved by many fans of time travel romances.
  • Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - Speaking of time travel romances, if you'd like something where the heroine travels into the past, this book (and the others in the series) might be for you. In 1945, Claire, an English nurse on her honeymoon in the Scottish Highlands, is transported to 1743. She becomes torn between the husband she left in her present and the young Highland warrior she eventually falls for in the past.
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - A classic romance novel. If you've already read it, this might be the perfect month for a reread.
  • The Secret by Julie Garwood - In this historical romance, the heroine, Judith, is determined to attend the birth of her best friend's first child and to find her father. Her escort from her home in England to her friend's Highland home is Iain, a Scottish laird. One of the things about this book that hooked me when I first read it was the strong bond between Judith and her friend.
You can find more romance novels, books about romance novels, and books with strong romantic elements in the library's catalog by doing a subject search for "love stories."

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