Archive for January, 2017

Boston in February

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Hello, Boston friends! On the last day of February, Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean and I will be heading your way for a talk at the Boston Public Library, moderated by Caroline Linden.

You can find us on February 28th, at 6:30, in the Commonwealth Salon of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, where we’ll be chatting about history, romance, and whatnot (there’s always a lot of whatnot).

If you’re in town, come join us!

What: Panel Discussion and Book Signing
When: February 28, 6:30
Where: Boston Public Library, Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street
Who: Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, Lauren Willig, Caroline Linden– and you!



Weekly Reading Round-Up

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Happy January, all! To kick off the New Year, I’ve been reading:

Snowdrift and Other Stories, a Georgette Heyer short story collection, featuring three rediscovered stories. (For those of you who have read Pistols for Two, it’s Pistols for Two plus three.) Of course, I loved them. You can’t beat Georgette Heyer for historical hilarity. But I did find they were best taken with breaks in between, lest you forget just which Regency miss was eloping (or not eloping) with whom.

High Rising, Angela Thirkell’s first novel, set partly over the Christmas holidays and New Year, which may be what made me think of it. A novelist juggling a child, manuscripts, and various obligations over the holidays? Hmmm…. Mostly, I love Thirkell’s breezy writing style and light-hearted social satire.

Summer Half, also Thirkell. A much later Thirkell, but still filled with her signature mismatches that come undone and matches that come right. Or something like that. This one is set at a public school and features masters entangled with the headmaster’s vain daughter and Tony Morland, the annoying small boy in High Rising, as a worldly wise sixth former.

There’s a character reading law in Summer Half, which, naturally, made me think of Kate Ross’s third Julian Kestrel mystery, Whom the Gods Love, set partly around the Inns of Court (albeit a good hundred years earlier than Summer Half). But that’s how free association works, so that’s what I’ll be reading next.

What have you been reading as 2017 unfolds?