Regencies and Netflix

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When I was a teenager I used to read a lot of regency romances. I think this was because my introduction to adult novels was from perusing my mom’s bookshelf and finding a handful of Signet Regencies in her mostly nonfiction collection. As you know, a desperate bookworm will go to any length to acquire a new novel to read!

So it was those regencies that got my dreamy-eyed self hooked on historicals and thus began my journey as a romance reader. I loved the balls and the etiquette and the chivalry of gentleman… all things missing from the daily life of a high schooler. Eventually I moved out of the historical phase, but every once in a while I would pick up a book to fall back into the glittering social whirl of the marriage market.

Now despite the fact I haven’t read a historical novel in ages —probably not since I started travelling five years ago— I was super excited to hear that the Bridgerton series was being adapted for a new Netflix show next year.

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Review: Maid in England by Brenda St John Brown

maidinengland Synopsis: The last thing publicist Remi expected was to be assigned to her college sweetheart, but the reclusive musician needed to revamp his image to move from a songwriter who performs at country pubs to a rockstar drawing crowds to concert. Twelve years ago he ended their relationship due to her workaholic ways, but now her talent was going to save his career… but can they keep from falling in love again?

Author: Brenda St John Brown is a New Yorker turned Brit who writes contemporary romance novels, and loves to have the occasional American character transplanted to England (much like herself).

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Teaser Tuesday (MiE)

Maid In England by Brenda St John Brown

“I’ve become a full-on workaholic,
but dressed it up and called it ambition.”

“…that makes my lack of date feel more dire, too.
I have incredible faith in Vera, but I’m not sure she can
magic up someone suitable in less than two weeks.”

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In My Mailbox (MiE)

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One of the wonderful things about being friends with an author is that author introducing you to her author friends and their books. Through her I have discovered so many great writers and, sometimes, I even get lucky enough to be sent an ARC! (If only because she tells me of when a request form is available online for a book I really should read). This is the case for the latest Advance Reader Copy I had the pleasure of receiving:

“Maid in England”
by Brenda St John Brown

 This novel hits the shelves this week, so be sure to come back here all this week for teaser quotes and my review!

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In My Mailbox (LCYW)

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Last year a friend of mine was gushing about a book –she still is for that matter– and so I added it to my TBR list. As more amazing reviews came in, I became more interested and was absolutely dying to get my hands on the novel. Then in a stroke of pure luck I won a giveaway for an autographed copy of Jacquelyn Middleton’s “London Belongs to Me” and fell in love with the story. Here is a link for my review of LBTM.

JM released a continuation of Alex and Mark’s story in “London Can You Wait” a year later this past October, and needless to say I was coveting that book as well and managed to snag the ebooks of both for five bucks! While I still want to have a signed copy of the second novel as well, which will have to wait until I’m back home in Canada, I’m so excited to finally be able to read LCYW now.

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Book Review: London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

LBtMSynopsis: Alex is an outsider —a geeky fangirl—with dreams of becoming a playwright in a city she’s loved from afar yet never visited: London. After a devastating betrayal she heads to England for a new start in a place she feels like she’ll belong. Except there is no way to escape the demons of her past, the broken relationships, the panic attacks, and a jealous rival determined to destroy her new life. Alex begins to question everything from her life-long dream to her new friends to whether London is where she truly belongs.

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Tea for Two

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If there is one thing that is stereotypically British, it is drinking tea. Perhaps a holdover from the regency era in which ‘taking tea’ was all the rage or perhaps it’s just a local custom, but either way it is true. The British drink tea. All. The. Time.

I had never been fond of tea myself, but everywhere I went I was offered tea. I cannot stand Earl Grey and Red Rose or other frequently proffered flavours, so that is still problematic when on a visit. Yet I can now partake in tea as I quite enjoy chai and mint and other such flavours.

It got to be that every time I travelled to a new town I would find a quant little shop in which to have afternoon tea. I cannot say I cared for my experience in Greenwich, but I  had a lovely time in Bath and Cardiff, very much enjoying my scones with clotted cream and jam. You cannot live in the United Kingdom and never take afternoon tea or you haven’t fully experienced what it is to be British!

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