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The Magic of Love

The Heart Gem book coverWhat if you could know the fate of a prospective relationship before it even began? The Heart Gem, an enchanted stone which reveals the essence of a couple’s future match, may hold great promise or aching despair, and it is Bremen Tyler’s task to restore it to its rightful place. A dramatic encounter with the unconventional Hallie Pinefoy divides his attention, but now he has even more of a personal investment in retrieving his ancestral treasure. Author Isabella Macotte, who makes her home in Mount Prospect, introduces her debut series with The Heart Gem, a romance both sweet and sensual. The course of true love never did run smooth, but this is one pair who will take their chances.

By Readers' Advisor on May 21, 2012 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Romance

Lilting Melodies

Emma CD coverDoes the constant noise of modern life rumple your spirits? Let Emma: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture transport you to a quieter time. This 1996 Academy Award winner for Best Musical or Comedy Score lightly trips along with soft, delicate melodies and the occasional touch of drama. Whimsical string arrangements and romantic woodwind solos dance airily, providing the perfect background for moments of relaxation and daydreams. With this recording, composer Rachel Portman became one of only three women to win a Scoring Oscar, triumphing over frequent nominees Alan Menken, Randy Newman, and Hans Zimmer. Jane Austen would certainly approve.

By Readers' Advisor on April 16, 2012 Categories: Music, Romance

LISTS: Military Romance

Sealed with a Kiss book coverWho doesn’t love a man in a uniform? You’ll have to check out one of these titles to see if these tall, dark, and deadly military men are tigers or kittens in the hands of the right woman.

Click here for the best of the Library’s military romances.

By Readers' Advisor on April 6, 2012 Categories: Books, Lists, Romance

LISTS: Mistresses

Royal Harlot book coverThe other woman, a shack-up honey, a kept woman, one’s inamorata…there are plenty of names for mistresses throughout history. Who do you side with? The mistress or the wife? Does it all depend on the story?

For a roll in the fictional hay with mistresses aplenty, click here.

By MPPL on February 24, 2012 Categories: Books, Lists, Romance

A Book for Every Taste

The Devotion of Suspect X book coverWe understand that not everyone is interested in books that win important literary prizes.  Sometimes you just want to find a thrilling new story in your favorite category.  If you can relate, be sure to check out the recent winners and nominees of the The Reading List, which honors the best in genre fiction.  These must-reads are selected by librarians who know which titles not only have the best buzz but also live up to the hype.  See below for the winners and click here for readalikes and the runners-up.

AdrenalineBefore I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
FantasyThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Historical FictionDoc by Mary Doria Russell
HorrorThe Ridge by Michael Koryta
MysteryThe Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino
RomanceSilk is for Seduction by Loretta Chase
Science FictionLeviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
Women’s FictionThe Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

By Readers' Advisor on February 13, 2012 Categories: Awards, Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mysteries/Thrillers/Suspense, Romance

Classic Romantic Comedy

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer DVD coverWhen precocious teenager Susan (Shirley Temple) falls hard for a playboy artist (Cary Grant) who lectures at her school, it will take more than common sense to break the spell.  Hoping to be his model, she sneaks into his apartment and is discovered there by her sister Margaret (Myrna Loy), the judge who recognizes the wisecracking gent as someone who appeared before her in court.  Only in the movies would Susan’s family pressure Richard to “date” her until the phase passes, but the result is comic gold, especially when the judge herself isn’t completely immune to his charms.  The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a sparkler of a screwball comedy that will put a shine in your eyes.

By Readers' Advisor on January 30, 2012 Categories: Humor, Movies and Television, Romance

LISTS: Pirate Romances

A Pirate of her Own book coverIt is a legend that a pirate, about to be hanged, was asked if he repented. The pirate said, “Yes, I do heartily repent. I repent I had not done more mischief.”

If you’re looking for mischief and romance with swashbuckling, open-shirted, adventuresome pirates, click here.

By MPPL on December 30, 2011 Categories: Books, Historical Fiction, Romance

Heart and Home

Sophie's Heart book coverIn 1988, translator Sophia Velikonja took the courageous step of leaving her home in Czechoslovakia for the United States.  That same week, a young mother in Wisconsin was tragically killed in an accident, leaving behind a devastated husband and three struggling children.  The Rileys needed someone to help run the house, and Sophie’s lonely life in Chicago was not the opportunity she’d anticipated.  When God brings these hurting souls together, they discover ways they can help one another.  Written by Lori Wick, one of Christian fiction’s most beloved authors, Sophie’s Heart is a touching and surprisingly complex story of healing, family, faith, and love.

By MPPL on December 19, 2011 Categories: Books, Romance

Charmingly Clever Cons

Shooting Fish DVD coverIn the mood for sweet fun and a splash of romance? Take a chance on Shooting Fish, a light PG-rated British comedy released in 1997. Jez and Dylan have a particular talent for ingenious schemes, and the money they pocket goes toward providing a stately home for orphans. Since they themselves are the orphans, it might not be as altruistic as first appears. You won’t really mind, though, because it’s so much fun watching them concoct their elaborate cons. When they hire Georgie (Kate Beckinsale) to pose as a secretary, their long-established twosome makes room for a third. Smart writing, witty dialogue, and winning performances make enjoying this film as easy as…well, you know.

By MPPL on December 12, 2011 Categories: Humor, Movies and Television, Romance

The Perfect Jennifer Crusie Halloween Read

Wild Ride cover imageDreamland is a crumbling amusement park that Mab has been hired to restore. What Mab doesn’t know is that Dreamland is more than an old fun park. It’s a demon keep. Four of the world’s most dangerous demons are held prisoner in various statues and rides. As Dreamland’s Halloween grand re-opening draws closer, someone starts releasing demons. Meanwhile, Mab thinks she’s in love, and Ethan, the park owner’s son, well, he’s not looking for love, but he is looking for a good time. Wild Ride, by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, is a comedic, supernatural romance à la Joss Whedon. In fact, it’s even dedicated to him. If you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you should give Wild Ride a try

By MPPL on October 10, 2011 Categories: Books, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Romance