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You can find your valentine in the library

Happy Valentine’s Day!

If you’re looking for a little bit of romance in your life, then Mifflin County Library has the books for you.

I don’t have Netflix but I understand the show Bridgerton is the No. 1 show you wished you hadn’t watched with your parents. I can only guess what that means! And since I can’t watch the show, I’m going to read the books.

Yes! Bridgerton is a book series. An older series, true, but when the books are historical fiction romance, what difference does it make when they are published?

Mifflin County Library has the first book: The Duke and I, written by Julia Quinn. Set during Regency London, when a couple was encouraged to make an “advantageous match,” this book follows Daphne.

Making an advantageous match doesn’t sound very romantic to me, but Mifflin County Library has the rest of the series in eBook format and there are so many holds, it will be six months before I can read No. 2 in the series, The Viscount who Loved Me, which is the story of Anthony.

There are other Regency Romances in our catalog; in fact, 96 “physical” books in the library with the subject of Regency Romance.

Mary Balogh is probably the most well-known of the authors. She’s been writing since 1983 and has over 90 books and novellas to her name. I’ve read The Lady with the Black Umbrella, which is about a lady who saves a gentleman from a ruffian who is trying to rob the gentleman by beating up the guy with her black umbrella (which was hysterical and the best part of the book). The gentleman is super annoyed by being “rescued” and they grow to hate each other. And then fall in love. If you like romances, then I recommend Mary.

Mary’s books, like Julia Quinn, can be raunchy. So for a cleaner (and possibly truer to reality) Regency series, you may like the Daughters of Aynsley series by Carolyn Miller. This series follows the three daughters of the Viscount Aynsely and their troubles with men while remaining faithful to their Christian beliefs.

And then there is Jane Austen, the original Regency Romance author. If you’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, and if you love Regency Romance, I encourage you to read about Elizabeth Bennet, her four sisters, and their adventures in finding and losing (and finding again!) romance. And the most advantageous matches that Lizzie and Jane make, because as it states in the very first sentence of the book “…a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

They also marry for love!

Enjoy a good book this Valentine’s Day.

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Susan Miriello is the Executive Director of the Mifflin County Library. She is currently reading Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. This isn’t a Regency Romance but it is about love and time travel.

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