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Staff Pick: The Happiest Millionaire

Cathleen Staff Picks photoThe Happiest Millionaire is a favorite lesser-known Disney musical that offers toe-tapping charm. Fred MacMurray is a wealthy father who keeps pet alligators in his mansion and hosts a Bible-and-boxing club in the stables. Lesley Ann Warren, Greer Garson, and the irrepressible Tommy Steele add to the family fun.

By Readers' Advisor on December 31, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Humor, Movies and Television, Picks by Cathleen, Romance

Audiobook: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Rosie Project audiobook coverAustralian bachelor Don Tillman is a brilliant genetics professor whose social skills are anything but genius. He’s reached a point in his life at which he’s willing to deviate (slightly) from beloved routine in order to find a suitable life partner. A scientifically sound process is designed, and soon “The Wife Project” is underway. Enter Rosie, a woman who meets none of Don’s criteria and who has a personal project of her own. If your resolution is to explore upbeat fiction that appeals equally to men and women, The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion passes with flying colors. Optimize your results by choosing the audiobook read by Dan O’Grady and enjoy hearing Don’s deadpan earnestness and inadvertent humor delivered in a native Aussie accent.

By Readers' Advisor on December 30, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Humor, Romance

Fiction: Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice graphic novel coverJane Austen wrote, “How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book,” and her fans surely agree when it comes to the much-beloved Pride and Prejudice. Perhaps your own devotion has led you to read all the books, watch all the movies, and still it isn’t enough. May we suggest enjoying the story in Marvel comic form? That’s right!  Graphic Novels for Grown-ups Month is the perfect time to sample Pride & Prejudice as adapted by an award-winning romance author and skilled illustrators. Much of Austen’s language and wit are smartly preserved, and the drawings add insight into the characters’ personalities and foibles. This is a delightful way to revisit a favorite, and don’t forget to enter for prizes after you reach the happy ending!

By Readers' Advisor on November 11, 2013 Categories: Art, Books, Literary, Romance

Staff Pick: Mistress by Amanda Quick

Denise staff picks photoIphiginia Bright is a witty, impertinent woman ready to break free of her role as a staid schoolmistress, but is she equipped to handle her newest role…as the Earl of Masters’ mistress? Amanda Quick’s historical romance Mistress will have you laughing and turning pages to see what happens next.

By Readers' Advisor on November 5, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Historical Fiction, Picks by Denise, Romance

Wife 22

Wife 22 book coverAlice Buckle is a busy working mom. Right after her husband has an unexpected melt down at his advertising company, Alice has been asked to participate in the Netherfeld Center’s Marriage Studies Survey. This begins her identity as Wife 22. As Alice answers questions about her hope and dreams, the times she has loved her husband the most and loved him the least, she is forced to look at the bigger issues in her own life. In the meantime, the sparks are sizzling between Alice and Researcher 101. Wife 22 asks the question:  Is it possible to have romance and passion in mid-life? One way or another Alice is going to find the answer to her own happily ever after.

By Readers' Advisor on October 7, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Books, Picks by Marta, Romance

LISTS: Romance Audiobooks

Beyond the Highland Mist book coverThe sultry heat of summer is dulling out. The wide open nights are shortening – but there is still time! Still time to crawl into bed or take a drive and let someone tease you away from real life. Have you tried listening to a romance novel on audiobook?

Click here for romance audiobooks that will make you shiver in the heat and quiver between the sheets.

By Readers' Advisor on August 16, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Books, Lists, Romance

Be Swept Off Your Feet

Way Back Home book cover

Winners of the 2013 RITA Awards, celebrating the best in romance, have been announced.  Which love story will you choose?

Contemporary Single Title RomanceThe Way Back Home by Barbara Freethy

Historical RomanceA Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Romantic Suspense:   Scorched by Laura Griffin

Best First Book and Novel with Strong Romantic ElementsThe Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James

By Readers' Advisor on July 31, 2013 Categories: Awards, Books, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Love and Cupcakes

Sweet Stuff book coverExchanging crowded Chicago for the island of Sugarberry wasn’t a hardship, especially when it meant broken-hearted Riley could have a fresh start. Now she enjoys a slower pace and a new career staging real estate. Quinn Brannigan, a bestselling author with leading man charisma, arrives early for an open house and is taken with both the property and the freckled, accident-prone hostess. Their flirtation heats up over decadent cupcakes and soon serves up a sexy courtship that will have you licking your lips in anticipation. Sample the delicious romance in Sweet Stuff by Donna Kauffman and tempt yourself further with recipes for the frosting-topped confections.

By Readers' Advisor on July 15, 2013 Categories: Books, Romance

Best Audiobooks of the Year

Age of Miracles audiobook coverCelebrate June is Audiobook Month by turning a ready ear to the brand new winners of the 2013 Audie Awards. Whether on a sunny walk, a cross-country road trip, or even a daily commute, you will find the journey to be all the better in the company of an expert story. Audiobook listeners can also earn chances for prizes in MPPL’s summer reading program, Have Book, Will Travel, so why not start with one of these?

Science Fiction: The Age of Miracles (Walker) – read by Emily Rankin
Literary Fiction: Bring Up the Bodies (Mantel) – read by Simon Vance
Mystery: The Beautiful Mystery (Penny) – read by Ralph Cosham
Romance: The Witness (Roberts) – read by Julia Whelan
Solo Narration – Female: Katherine Kellgren for The Boy in the Suitcase (Kaaberbøl and Friis)
Solo Narration – Male: Edoardo Ballerini for Beautiful Ruins (Walter)
Teens: The Fault in Our Stars (Green) – read by Kate Rudd
Children’s Title for Ages 8-12: Same Sun Here – written and read by Silas House and Neela Vaswani
Children’s Titles for Ages Up to 8: The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe’s Very First Case (McCall Smith) – read by Adjoa Andoh

By Readers' Advisor on June 1, 2013 Categories: Audiobooks, Awards, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Literary, Romance

Cathleen’s Pick: The Flight of Gemma Hardy

Cathleen staff picks pictureThe Flight of Gemma Hardy transports the story of Jane Eyre to twentieth-century Iceland and Scotland, successfully honoring the source material while still offering a few surprises. The graceful, lilting narration of reader Davina Porter perfectly renders Gemma’s progression from neglected waif to independent young woman.

By Readers' Advisor on January 29, 2013 Categories: All Staff Picks, Audiobooks, Picks by Cathleen, Romance