Category Archives: romance

Book Review: Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” Series

Beverly Cleary’s “First Love” series encompasses four books: Fifteen (1956); The Luckiest Girl (1958); Jean and Johnny (1959); and Sister of the Bride (1963).  As a child in the late 70’s and early 80’s, I vividly remember going to the … Continue reading

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From an 11 year-old library patron: I want stories about love!

Love in fiction is pretty easy to come by once you’re into the YA and Adult fiction, but what to do if you’re a younger reader?  As an avid reader of juvenile fiction, it’s not so hard to find stories … Continue reading

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The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea by L.A. Meyer

The inimitable Jacky Faber, spy, actress, fine lady and international shipping executive is at it again! When we last left Jacky in The Wake of the Lorelei Lee, she had managed to strike a bargain with the female pirate Cheng … Continue reading

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Book Review: Charles and Emma: the Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

What you think you know about Charles Darwin will be tested in this award-winning book. Charles Darwin and Emma Wedgwood were compatible, in love and unable to resolve one major conflict: religion. Though this would be a source of contention … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy by L.A. Meyer

Are you in the mood for swash-buckling, sea-faring, hysterical and moving coming-of-age story about a strong-willed girl?  If so, this is the book for you. In a plague-ravaged London, Mary Faber is suddenly without home or family.  Adopted by a gang of street … Continue reading

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