First Line Friday - Autumn Masquerade

Happy First Day of Autumn! 

A Merry Dance
Chapter 1

At the far end of the study was a desk set against a corner where, if a girl were overly curious and perpetually bored - as Lila was - she could hide away and entertain herself with both the thrill of being unseen and the snippets of information she was not entitled to otherwise.

Timeless Regency Collection: Three Brand New Novellas from Bestselling Regency Romance Authors...

A Merry Dance by Josi S. Kilpack. When Lila overhears her uncle talking about a man coming to look for property in the county, she doesn’t think twice, until her uncle says he hopes Lila will find enough interest to marry the man. How can she marry someone named Mortimer Luthford, not to mention that his advanced age of thirty-three, and especially since she’s already in love with her absent cousin Neville? But when Mortimer arrives, Lila has to try every trick known to women to act not interested in the rather fascinating man, which proves a very difficult fa├žade to maintain.

The other titles in this collection are Unmasking the Duke by Donna Hatch and What's in a Name by Nancy Campbell


September Reading Group


Title: The Cookbook Collector
Author: Allegra Goodman
Publication Date: July 2010

Synopsis: Heralded as “a modern day Jane Austen” by USA Today, National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Allegra Goodman has compelled and delighted hundreds of thousands of readers. Now, in her most ambitious work yet, Goodman weaves together the worlds of Silicon Valley and rare book collecting in a delicious novel about appetite, temptation, and fulfillment.

Emily and Jessamine Bach are opposites in every way: twenty-eight-year-old Emily is the CEO of Veritech; twenty-three-year-old Jess is an environmental activist and graduate student in philosophy. Pragmatic Emily is making a fortune in Silicon Valley; romantic Jess works in an antiquarian bookstore. Emily is rational and driven, while Jess is dreamy and whimsical. Emily’s boyfriend, Jonathan, is fantastically successful. Jess’s boyfriends, not so much—as her employer George points out in what he hopes is a completely disinterested way.

Bicoastal, surprising, rich in ideas and characters, The Cookbook Collector is a novel about getting and spending, and about the substitutions we make when we can’t find what we’re looking for: reading cookbooks instead of cooking, speculating instead of creating, collecting instead of living. But above all it is about holding on to what is real in a virtual world: love that stays.

Book Discussion:  We had an engaging conversation about the book and it's connection to Jane Austen and Sense and Sensibility. You can see the review questions here and read some reviews here.


Friday Link Up

So I've been lax in posting links and interesting things on Facebook. Sorry.

So when I get behind look for these posts, which are just a list of interesting links from the prior week that I never got around to posting on Facebook.

The Jane Austen £10 Note Extends the “Ladylike” History of British Money
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Revealing letter from Charles Dickens complaining about long stay of Hans Christian Andersen at his Gad’s Hill home in Kent sells at auction
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Light-hearted Austen read-alikes
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Jane Austen Festival: What's It Like To Spend The Day In A Period Drama?
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These hot photos of Young Colin Firth will change your life in unexpected ways
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