LOVE AND THE LIBRARY

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similarby Linda Banche

 

Book 1: A Similar Taste in Books 

 

Pride and Prejudice has always brought lovers together, even in the Regency.

Justin has a deep, dark secret—he likes that most despised form of literature, the novel. His favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice, and, especially, Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Intelligent, lively, fiercely loyal Miss Elizabeth. How he would love to meet a lady like her.

Clara’s favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Intelligent, steadfast and willing to admit when he is wrong. Can a man as splendid as he exist? And can she find him?

One day in the library, they both check out copies of their favorite book. When Justin bumps into Clara, the magic of their similar taste in books just might make their wishes come true.

“This is a little gem of a read. The story is well researched and transports you to London in 1818.”

“Anyone looking for an upbeat, sweet Regency courtship tale will find this story just the thing. The Pride and Prejudice quotes are icing on the cake!”

“A delightful novella. It was exactly what I was looking for a late afternoon read.”

Book 2: A Mutual Interest in Numbers

Lightning doesn’t strike in the same place twice. Does it?

Regency gentleman Mr. Laurence Coffey doesn’t care for libraries and novels. His interests run to steam engines and mathematics. But his friend found the lady of his dreams at the library over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Laurence yearns for a lady of his own, one of wit and cleverness as well as beauty. And while he doesn’t expect his friend’s luck, visiting the library can’t hurt.

Miss Ellen Palmer uses her skill with mathematics to help her inventor father and brother build steam engines, but, unfortunately, many men frown on bluestockings. She loves the library and its mathematics books as well as its novels, especially her favorite, Pride and Prejudice. How she would like to find her own Mr. Darcy. Perhaps someday, somewhere, she can discover a man who wants an intelligent woman.

At the library, they both reach for a copy of Pride and Prejudice at the same time. Can their mutual interest in numbers—and this particular novel—make their dreams come true?

“The perfect little confection that makes your day. It was a fast fun read.”

“Linda Banche has an individual and humorous way with a story and her Regencies, though fairly short, are well written and lively.”

“A book to read without stopping. Each chapter a smile and a sigh.”

Book 3: A Distinct Flair for Words

Every woman should have her own Mr. Darcy—unless she prefers Mr. Bingley.

Something strange goes on in that library.

Not one, but two of Mr. Frank Wynne’s friends found the ladies of their dreams at the library over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Magic? Divine providence? Hardly. Coincidence or luck? Perhaps. And to prove or disprove the possibilities, he’ll go to the library and read Pride and Prejudice. Day after day after day. To his surprise, the book is funny, and he does like that Bingley chap. His lady doesn’t appear, though. Of course not. But still…

Miss Felicity White adores Pride and Prejudice. But while most ladies swoon over Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley is the man after her own heart. Happy, good-natured, cheerful, outgoing Mr. Bingley. She loves him so much, she even rewrote Pride and Prejudice from his perspective. Now, if she can only find a gentleman like him…

When Felicity and Frank run into each other, the enchantment of Pride and Prejudice and the library just might strike again.

“This is a super story, full of deft touches and humour.”

CIR: What gave you the idea for this series?

BANCHE: I wanted to try out indie publishing, and A Similar Taste in Books was the result. Since I write comedy and Regency, the story is a Regency romance with comedy. I must have had Pride and Prejudice on the brain because that book is the catalyst for my hero’s and heroine’s meeting. I also love libraries, so I have them meet over the book in the library. Since this book became a series, I have all my heroes and heroines meet at the library. And I put a duck in each book because I like ducks. Quack.

CIR: What makes your books unique?

BANCHE: My books go against type. Most Regencies are Cinderella stories full of balls, fancy clothes and lots of jewels, where the poor heroine meets with the wealthy man who falls madly in love with her. In this series, the hero and heroine meet in a library. In A Similar Taste in Books, the hero is a poor man who likes novels, which many men at the time despised. My heroine is interested in finance, no empty-headed female whose only thought is finding a rich husband. Book 2 has two mathematicians finding love at the library, and in book 3, the heroine has written a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction book, which the hero helps her publish. Matches made in heaven, or in this case, the library.

Learn more about Linda Banche and her writing at lindabanche.com