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Summer Reading… er, Summer Programming!

We’re halfway + a week into Summer Reading in my county (which only runs June & July because most families travel in August) and here’s a quick recap in the form of those superlatives that were added to your high school yearbook.


Most Attended Program

NC Zoo presents Animal Sound Bites – 130 attendance

The NC Zoo program is a staple in our county’s summer reading offerings. Most, if not all, of the libraries offered the program. I scheduled mine for the last Friday in June as a sort of halfway-finale. There was huge turnout (don’t worry, our auditorium fire code is 140, we could have totally gotten another 10 people in there!), including a couple of summer camp groups who walked or rode over from their locations. There was an owl and a snake and some hissing cockroaches. The kids had a blast and got to pet a snake at the end! My main concerns were the number of people vs. the volume of my presenters and the program ran a bit long, so the kids started to get antsy. It was a huge success, though, and for my first summer reading, we’ll call it lesson learned (get microphones set up next time!!).


Most Exhausting Program

Music and Movement – average 40 attendance

Ok, this one is a bit of a cheat because it’s a program I do during the school year as well, but the highest attendance in June was 53! That’s a lot of people to do toddler cardio with. Music and Movement is 30min of songs like Head Shoulders Knees and Toes, Run Baby Run, etc. I affectionately refer to it as toddler cardio because that’s what it feels like to me. 53 is not my highest attendance (looking at April’s last M&M with attendance of 90), but with that many kids I tend to move from commenting on the songs (with things like, LOOKING GOOD GUYS) to shouting the instructions over the music (I SAID FREEZE!!! NO SHAKERS OR MARACAS PLEASE). Commenting is a lot easier, of course, because I’m also trying to demonstrate the movements while I’m shouting encouragement, but the kids always have such a blast with the songs. (If you want to know what songs we do, here’s a link to the playlist I used Spring 2018!)


Most Surprising Program

Young Yarners – 35 attendance

My attendance for this age group (6-11 years) is usually…. three. And those three are usually kids already in the library and I’m like “HEY COME DO THIS THING WITH ME.” So when I had thirty five people (this includes adults and littles) come to this program I was… NOT. READY. The kids had a blast and the moms in attendance were very gracious about how underprepared I was. We’re a small library in a small community, so adults with kids tend to be more forgiving of me saying “Well, I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting this, but I will do my very best to help!” I had one girl end up with a gaggle of other kids showing them how to crochet and at least two kids who wanted me to help them learn to crochet, only they were left-handed. But, everyone seemed to have a good time and it might be a program I add into the school year schedule.


Well, those are the three programs I wanted to highlight. Even though I also offer teen programs, they’re so sparsely attended (of the two programs, a total of 9 attendance) they frequently end up cancelled. Teens are often doing other things during the summer, sleeping, working, etc. I didn’t go to the library as a teen, so I can’t really fault them.

Posted in Career, Everything Else, Youth Services Librarian

What Makes a Librarian?

As I’ve decided to start blogging about things that go into my job, I should probably start at what exactly my job entails.

So to start: I’m a Youth Services Librarian. This means I handle programs for ages 0-17 as well as collection development for the “kid’s” and “teen” sections of the library. Some libraries, like the Central Branch in my system, have separate Children’s and Teen’s Librarians, but in our branch libraries, one Librarian handles both.

Well, that’s all well and good, but what do librarians actually do? I can separate my job into essentially four categories:

  1. Programs
  2. Collection Development
  3. Reference
  4. Everything Else

People usually associate librarians with Reference and, especially Youth Services Librarians, Programs, but there’s a lot to Collection Development and the category I call “Everything Else,” which includes MEETINGS. I hate meetings.



Programs

As a Youth Services Librarian, there is one program that is inescapably associated with my job:
Storytime

It’s not the only program I do, though. I have two toddler (ages 0-5) programs once a week, one to two school-age (ages 6-11) programs a month, and two to three teen (ages 12-17) programs a month, plus a few more that aren’t “set.” Sometimes I join with the local elementary school and offer school-age programs in conjunction with them, but for the most part, that’s my programming month. That is, until…

Summer Reading

My county’s Summer Reading takes place in June & July and involves… a lot. We hire performers, enlist volunteers, and I still do my two toddler programs once a week. It takes a lot of planning, which will get its own post some time later, I’m sure. Just know, school year planning already involves about 3 programs per week, but summer reading has about one program a day…


Collection Development

For me, my focus on collection development falls under three categories:

1. Adding
Once a month, I select books to be added to the county’s collection. In our county, the ordering areas are spread across the different librarians and we order for all the libraries. Outside of the order, we frequently get donations and I decide if we’re going to offer (to the other branches), add, or book sale them.

2. Moving
Sometimes, I’ll be in an area and think “wow, this might be better served over here, maybe it will check out more if I do that.” Then, I talk to my coworkers about it to think it through, then I talk to my boss about it, and if it makes sense through all those steps, I move the materials. I’ve moved a lot of stuff around since I started, so I’ll probably talk about this more in-depth later.

3. Removing
Wait a second! The library removes books? Yeahbsolutely, my friends. If we didn’t remove books from the shelves, we would run out of space to put new books in and I would have some very. ugly. books. on my shelves. Especially books that are borrowed by kids! Kids are sticky and if you read a book too many times, it tends to fall apart. Such is the life of a book. But once it’s fallen apart, I can’t keep it on the shelf! Sure it looks well-loved but it can make it difficult to see the books on either side of it. What do we do with these books? Offer, book sale, or discard!


Reference

That person you see when you come in to the library? Sometimes they are a librarian, but also sometimes they’re not. How to tell the difference? It really doesn’t matter in that context. Whoever is at the front (circulation) desk when you walk in is just as able to help! That person also answers the phone, so we answer a lot of questions at the library.

Sometimes those questions are things like “Do you have solar eclipse glasses?” (NO) and sometimes they’re things like “What’s the phone number for _____?” (Hm let me look that up for you). Sometimes it’s “Can I renew this/put it on hold/do you have it available?” (Maybe, Maybe, Maybe, let me check!) and sometimes it’s “What time do you close?” (8pm Mon-Wed, 6pm Thur-Fri, 2pm Sat).

We also check materials out, help people with the computers, make copies, direct volunteers, help patrons find items in the library, help them find a book they might like, etc. etc. etc. A lot happens at the front desk!


Everything Else

As you may have noticed, we wear many hats at the library. A lot of this is just my experience and I’m still pretty new to this job, but everyone in the library wears many hats. There’s a lot to be done. It’s hard to think of what specifically falls under the umbrella of everything else, but there’s a lot of it.



Well, that just about sums it up, I think. I’m sure I’ve missed some things, but hey. I’m only one easily distracted librarian. Of course, this blog is all my own opinion and experience and cannot be applied unilaterally across librarians. Not even across those who held this exact position in this exact library before me. There are some things one librarian is just more interested in than another librarian.

As of right now, I plan to write about how I select books to add/remove to/from the library, how I do storytime, and there was something else but now I can’t think of it. Hopefully I’ll be true to my idea and actually do these things. I’d also like to get book reviews up and running again, but we’ll see. They were such a chore to do, even though I chose to do them!

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Book Review: Arabella of Mars


ARABELLA OF MARS
By David D. Levine
2016. Hardcover. 352pp. Tor Books.
Winner of the 2016 Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

Arabella doesn’t want to be a lady, but her mother is determined to make her one. So when playful “hunting” with her brother results in an injury, Arabella’s mother decides to take her back “home”, to Earth. The only problem is, Arabella is from Mars. Well, she was raised there, and has no interest in returning to England and leaving her beloved Mars behind.
After receiving devastating news and tiring of the confines of British society, Arabella’s mother relents slightly and sends her to live with a cousin. Unfortunately, that doesn’t go to plan either and Arabella finds herself running away, looking for a ship that will take her to Mars so she can save her brother’s life. She has some trouble, even disguised as she is, but she eventually gets passage on the Diana with an unexpected task: to learn to work the navigating automaton. As she learns more about being a ship’s boy, the automaton, and the crew, Arabella must balance carefully her task and her loyalty on the ship.
Arabella of Mars is the 2017 winner of the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, joining JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows (2008) and Terry Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight (2011) as a winner.

I first picked up Arabella of Mars because it was listed in an article highlighting science fiction and fantasy novels. I enjoyed the story, although some elements of it were as expected for the genre. Arabella was the right mix of spunky and determined, while also acting like an actual teenager instead of like an adult in a teenager’s body. I especially enjoyed the scenes with the automaton, partially because I like the idea of automata and wish they were still popular. Some of the science wouldn’t work, but I guess that’s what makes it science fiction. The scenes with Arabella and the captain got pretty heart wrenching, but I particularly enjoyed Arabella and her brother’s relationship. Instead of falling into the usual trope of siblings who hate each other, Arabella and her brother support each other. When he’s accused of a crime, Arabella instantly knows it wasn’t him who did it.
I wish some of the science had been more realistic, sometimes science fiction takes the easy way out by making the science too fictional. A good example of that is Star Trek. Although this can be used to explore other conflicts and not have to worry about the science, worrying about the science can lead to interesting conflicts. I did really like the scenes on the ship, it reminded me of the ship from Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, but with more crew-captain conflict.
This was, overall, a good summer read. It was a quick and easy read with enough action and serious moments to make a compelling story. The plot was entertaining and, while it didn’t throw many loops, it had a lot enjoyable moments and characters.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Stardust and who like steam punk and space fantasy.

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Book Review: The Invisible Library

THE INVISIBLE LIBRARY
By Genevieve Cogman
2014. Paperback. 329pp. Tor UK.

Irene works for the Library collecting dangerous or parallel-world unique books. After a successful mission, she’s given a new, urgent mission and an assistant she doesn’t really want. Once in the alternate world, Irene and Kai find that Chaos has grabbed hold of this world and it’s up to them to fend it off while trying to find the book they’ve been sent to find. With some unexpected guests, including an ominous note about the worst, most evil Librarian of all, and some unexpected twists, will Irene and Kai be able to grab the book and get it back to the Library? Full of mystery and wit, the Invisible Library brings us on a literary and magical ride of adventure and intrigue.

This book was a bit hard to summarize without spoiling a lot of the major plot points and without blending it too much with similar novels and shows. It’s very reminiscent of the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde, the Librarians movies and television show, and even a bit like Doctor Who. It was still pretty enjoyable, for all its similarities with other works. The characters are full of snappy, entertaining dialogue and even a few surprises. Even though it wasn’t as much of a page-turner as I wanted it to be, it was a light read, perfect for a summer fantasy fix. The final scenes that took place in the library (as opposed to in the Library) were well-written and enjoyable.
The main characters did frequently feel like the standard quippy protagonists, always ready with a witty response and witty inner dialogue. It would have been nice to have a few more surprises from the characters themselves, but they were believable in their actions. Not once did it feel like a character was out-of-character within the story.

I would recommend this book to someone who likes the things it reminds me of. If you’re looking for a literarily-inspired fantasy work that involves alternate universes and magical libraries, this is a good place to go.

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Book Review: Skinny Legs and All

SKINNY LEGS AND ALL
By Tom Robbins
1990. Hardcover. 422pp. Bantam Books.

Ellen Cherry Charles was not expecting to travel to New York City in an Airstream shaped like a turkey. Nor was she expecting to make the journey as Mrs. Randolph “Boomer” Petway III, but here she is. Along the way, she and Boomer lose an old sock, a can of beans, and a small silver spoon in a cave where they stopped to picnic (and enjoy the activities newlywed couples traveling across the US enjoy). In the heat of their passion, Ellen Cherry insists Boomer call her “Jezebel,” a fascination started by her father and Uncle Buddy’s insistence that she withdraw from art school while chanting Jezebel at her as they removed her make-up and extolled the sins of Jezebel. Little did Boomer and Ellen Cherry know, but invoking Jezebel in that cave woke Painted Stick and Conch Shell, two holy objects seeking their rightful places in temples of Jerusalem. As Ellen Cherry and Boomer travel to New York City, the inanimate objects (which turn out to be animate) begin their journey to Jerusalem.
Once in NYC, Ellen Cherry finds herself to be increasingly dissatisfied with her lot as an artist as Boomer begins to gain recognition for his Airstream Turkey. The couple eventually is estranged and Ellen Cherry begins to work at a restaurant opened by an Arab and a Jew across the street from the UN. After a rocky start, the restaurant begins to get more popular with the hiring of the beautiful dancer Salome. Ellen Cherry learns about Jerusalem from her two bosses (and much more in between) as she works out where she fits in life as an artist and as a woman.
Of course, the basic plot of the book is not the entirety of the story. The connection between these disparate stories is the Dance of the Seven Veils, a dance that requires the dancer to let go of the veils that blind humanity from its essential truths. The novel is divided into seven sections, one for each veil, and as the story line progresses, the seven truths are revealed to the reader.

When I finished reading American Gods, I messaged my friend, Laura, for a recommendation that had a similarly American-mythology bend. Tom Robbins had that sort of magicky-myth vibe, but didn’t feel like the same theme, or even same genre. Since this was the first Tom Robbins book I’d read, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but Laura has never given me a bad recommendation. This book didn’t rock my world like Snow Crash or The Diamond Age, but it was still very good.
I especially like Ellen Cherry Charles, particularly because of her frustration at her circumstances and her choices as a result of this frustration. She goes through an existential crisis very similar to the one I went through after graduating college. Where she questions her validity as an artist after moving to New York City and not producing as much art or gaining as much success as she thought she would in that hub of art and movement, I questioned what I really wanted to do with that four year degree I was sure was the right path for me. (Don’t get me wrong, I don’t regret getting that degree, it was just very difficult to find my path just after graduation.)
At first, I wasn’t as in to the book as I wanted to be, but as the veils kept dropping, my interest grew. I was going through a bit of a reading slump before starting this book and while reading the first half of it, but once Boomer went on his journey and Ellen Cherry (which is a fantastic name) starts working at the restaurant, I was hooked. It wasn’t a thrilling adventure or page-turning suspense novel, and the esoteric ideas get a little heavy sometimes, but overall, I really enjoyed this book.

I’m not very sure to whom I would recommend this book, especially considering I’m not very sure how to describe it if I was to recommend it to anyone. If someone was to ask me for recommendations that sounded like this would be a good fit, I would recommend it, but I wouldn’t go around trying to convince my friends to read it.

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Book Review: American Gods

AMERICAN GODS
By Neil Gaiman
2001. Mass-market paperback. 592pp. HarperCollins.

Shadow Moon spent three years behind bars, dreaming of the day he would be released and able to go home to his wife, Laura. Days before his release, Shadow gets news that’s even worse than his original sentencing: Laura and his best friend were killed in a car accident. On the flight home, Shadow meets a charismatic man, Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job. At first, Shadow is suspicious when Wednesday knows a lot more about him than he should, but figures he’s got nothing to lose and decides to take the offer.
The new job takes Shadow down some weird twists and turns, including visits from his wife and Gods old and new. As he navigates this weird world he didn’t know existed, Shadow must figure out what it is he wants from life now that his old dream has died. It turns out America has more to it than meets the eye, including an impending battle where both sides are trying to win him over.
With new adaptations of American Gods coming out, including a comic series by Dark Horse and the television show by Starz, I wanted to finally read this book my friends had been talking about for a while. I was also waiting for Wynonna Earp, also rooted in American mythology but in the Old West rather than Gods, to come out with a second season and American Gods seemed like a good interlude.

At first, I was hesitant to start this book because and I read Stardust, also by Neil Gaiman, when I was in high school and ended up liking the movie a lot better than I did the book. However, what I had seen online of the series was looking very good and well-made so this time I wanted to give the book a chance first. As of this writing, I still haven’t started the new television series.
I really enjoyed the characters and the settings, particularly while Shadow was adventuring across the United States. My family has spent many summers on road trips, so the locations felt familiar, even if they weren’t really based on anywhere I had actually been. There were also twists that I should have seen coming, but I was so caught up in the turns of the story I completely missed them. Shadow is a very good main character, well-thought out and easy to identify with. He’s just along for the ride, a lot like the reader, but then gets his own agency as the story continues.
I had trouble during the book connecting with Laura’s character, but part of that may be that Shadow himself has trouble connecting to her in their new life and the reader can feel that, even if it’s never explicitly mentioned. I wanted a more detailed ending of Shadow’s life after the events of the novel play out, but semi-vague endings leave plenty of room for reader interpretation of the events that follow the novel.
The main thing I enjoyed while reading, however, was the interweaving and acknowledgement of the United States’ history as a place for immigrants. Each old God introduced made perfect sense to me, since we brought people over here on boats with their beliefs, it made sense that their Gods would surely follow. It was a similar theological exploration of Gods adapting to new worlds as was in the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.

If you’re a fan of Americana mythology and things that require you to be at least a little superstitious to believe, I highly recommend this book. It falls into one of my categories with Wynonna Earp (the show, not the comic) as an exploration of American mythology and people who have to interact with it.

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Book Review: The Glass Universe


THE GLASS UNIVERSE
How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars
By Dava Sobel
2016. Hardcover. 320pp. Viking.

In a time when women were expected to do the work astronomers couldn’t be bothered to do, the women of Harvard Observatory took control of their own stargazing and worked their way into standing as women of science. After the death of her astronomer husband, Mrs. Anna Draper wanted to continue his legacy of stellar photography. She donated money to the Harvard Observatory, under the direction of Edward Charles Pickering, to continue research into the stars using stellar photography. The women working under Pickering started as the wives, sisters, and daughters of the astronomers, but slowly began to shift to women studying or recently graduated from the women’s colleges.
Over the span of the work, the Observatory amassed approximately half a million plates that captured the night sky for years. Using these plates, Williamina Fleming, Annie Jump Cannon, Dr. Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposhkin, and the other women of the Observatory were able to revolutionize their roles as members of the Observatory.
Written by Dava Sobel, author of Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time, the book spans from Mrs. Draper’s project’s beginning to Dr. Payne-Gaposhkin becoming the first female professor of Harvard. With Pickering’s ability to find funding, the women were able to work to shine in their field as much as the stars they studied, leaving behind legacies written about even now.

Looking at the space advancements and studies we have today, from the Apollo missions to the more recent Cassini, it’s hard to think back to this time period. Sobel’s goal, to bring to light the women who would otherwise remain in the dark observatory of the 1880s, is well-realized, although a lot of the focus seems to be on Pickering and less on the women themselves. The stories don’t get too caught up in being flowery, nor do they stray too far into the scientific, but I do wish there was more about the women and their lives in the book. Pickering was instrumental in their successes, however I frequently felt as though I knew more about Pickering than the women themselves.
Sobel’s focus on Annie Jump Cannon, however, was well-realized, even though I didn’t realize the extent of her contribution to modern science. As she continued to gain renown through the novel’s detailed events, I was amazed at how much she accomplished in her lifetime. The fact that we have had so many advancements in technology since she identified her classification system, from our increased ability to identify stars and record their data, and yet we continue to use the classification system she outlined in the late 1800s is astounding to me. It shows that our technological advancements didn’t make the older discoveries obsolete, as we often believe to be the case. It was especially inspiring to see the legacy these women left for others who wanted to be a part of astronomy, but would have been disregarded because of their gender.

If you like to learn about astronomy and its history, I highly recommend this book. It’s a bit dry and a slow read, but definitely worth it. I enjoy listening to Planetary Radio’s podcast and Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, so this was very much in line with those interests. Of course, if you enjoyed this book and want further material, I highly recommend both of those podcasts.

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Book Review: The Summer of You

THE SUMMER OF YOU
The Blue Raven, #2
By Kate Noble
2010. Paperback. 352pp. Berkley Trade.

After the adventures in London, Byrne Worth has retreated to his cottage on Merrymere Lake, where he is unbothered in his solitude. He likes it this way, he tells himself, he has his daily swim and no one around to bother him. At least, until Lady Jane Cummings and her family return to Merrymere.
Lady Jane is not having the summer she wanted. She was looking forward to spending time socializing in London, it serves as a nice break from dealing with her ailing father and the responsibilities of running the household while her brother is away. Unfortunately, her brother has returned and decided he’s back in charge.
Kate Noble’s second book in the Blue Raven Series, The Summer of You follows Lady Jane Cummings to Merrymere Lake after her brother returns from his travels and decides it’s better for their father to be at Merrymere. He thinks she’ll go quietly like a good young woman, but she isn’t going without a fight. As her father’s condition gets worse and her brother continues avoiding the responsibilities, Lady Jane finds a surprising confidant in Byrne Worth. The town has decided he’s the highwayman robbing them in their travels, but Lady Jane is not so convinced. She comes up with a plan to help clear his name and he begrudgingly goes along with it. Along the way, they both realize maybe trying to do things on their own isn’t always the best way and maybe it’s easier with a supporter.

Although most romance novels can feel old hat, Kate Noble’s work always feels so refreshing, even after reading a few in a row! I was feeling a bit down the night I read this book and it definitely helped. They mystery was well-written and just as central to the novel as the romance and the sub-plots. Of course, there was the “next in the series” couple set-up, but I even found that couple to be charming rather than trite! One thing that always particularly impresses me about Noble’s writing is the characterizations. The women aren’t what would normally “go” in the time period, but they’re well-written and well-fleshed out, so it’s easy enough to believe these characters would know each other and get along as they do in the books. It’s also easy to see that she does her research for the time period and the locations. I’ve traveled a bit in England and Ireland and the settings are fully realized and historically plausible. It’s always nice to read something where the author clearly cares as much about the accuracy of the setting as they do the accuracy of their characters.

Grumpy man meets charming woman and is changed is a standard trope in romance novels, as well as teaming up to solve a mystery. Although there were a few obvious “twists” to the story, they weren’t trying. It’s easy to get caught in keeping the story in the boundaries of the genre and Noble doesn’t stray too far from the “usual” romance storyline, but the characters and the story were enjoyable nonetheless. There were even a few non-standard surprises thrown in for variety. I really disliked Lady Jane’s brother and was very pleased when he finally got over himself towards the end of the book.

If you’ve gotten tired of the popular romance authors, give Kate Noble’s books a try! She’s written a few romance novels under the name Kate Noble, as well as The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet and The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet as Kate Rorick. Her romance novels (as well as the Pride and Prejudice video series she started out working on) are refreshing takes on a genre that can be full of over-done tropes and storylines.

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Book Review: The Dare and the Doctor

★★★★★
THE DARE AND THE DOCTOR by Kate Noble

Series #: Winner Takes All, #3
Genre: Fiction, Trashy Romance, Historical
Original Publication Date: 2016


Review

Read: 28 Feb 2017

Summary: The conclusion to the Winner Takes All series, The Dare and the Doctor doesn’t disappoint. Dr. Rhys Gray and Ms. Margaret Babcock are friends and scientific correspondences. When Margaret gets the chance to present the flowers she’s been working on to the top scientific minds in London, Rhys does everything he can to help her brave the stodgy old men. Sparks begin to fly between the two, but when a chance meeting throws everything out of balance, how will Rhys solve a problem created by his absent father? How will Margaret handle these new feelings?

Review: A very satisfactory ending to the trilogy. I genuinely wasn’t expecting some of the twists that happened in the story, so it was refreshing, as Kate Noble often is. Somehow, her books always feel like the perfect summer beachside romance novels. Just the right balance of romance and …ahem… other, with well-written characters and believable, but still slightly over-the-top and adventurous stories. This one in particular, with Margaret trying to get recognition as a woman in science, impressed me with Noble’s depth of research.

Recommendation: I highly recommend Noble if you like well-researched historic romance and want something refreshing.


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Publisher: Pocket Books
Edition ISBN: 9781476749402

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Book Review: The Lie and the Lady


★★★★★
THE LIE AND THE LADY by Kate Noble

Series #: Winner Takes All, #2
Genre: Fiction, Trashy Romance, Historical
Original Publication Date: 2015


Review

Read: 22 Feb 2017

Summary: In The Game and the Governess, John Turner made a bet with his friend, Lord Edward Granville, that the lord would have a harder time with women as John Turner, who subsequently would have an easier time as Lord Granville. When the Lord fell in love with a governess and the game was up, Turner had also fallen in love with Countess Letitia, who is publicly humiliated for falling for a man of lower stature. She travels the continent, looking for a fresh start and thinks she’s found it in Sir Barty, but when he takes her home as his fiancé, John Turner is there. Life continues to throw the two of them together and Leticia must decide if she wants to keep her standing or go for love.

Review: Even though it’s been a while since I read the first book, I still really enjoyed this one. I sort of wish I’d been able to re-read the first one before starting the second, but I still remembered the characters. I spent a lot of the book predicting what was going to happen, but I still loved it. There are always distinct patterns in romance novels, but I am always willing to re-read my favorite books and especially willing to re-read my favorite tropes.

Recommendation: I highly recommend Kate Noble if you like historic romance and want to give something new a chance.


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Publisher: Pocket Books