Let’s suppose you turned to this page just in passing, without really intending to read more than a sentence or two. And suppose you saw that I offered you a choice: In order to entice you to read this article, I’ve concocted three introductions. Which one of the three would entice you to read the rest? Choose one:
- a businesslike paragraph that lists the five essential points of the article.
- a brilliant psychoanalysis in one paragraph of the subject– why people read fiction.
- my favorite joke in the whole world.
Continue reading Story Hunger: Why People Read Fiction
Some people find the subject of romance to be trivial pursuit, but since romance is not only my occupation but a lifetime preoccupation, I hope I can imbue the subject with interesting details if not with depth. And though some of what I say may be familiar to those of you who read romantic fiction, my particular way of looking at it may give you new insights.
Continue reading Why I Am Not Jane Austen
Matched Pairs, by Elizabeth Mansfield
It was decided from their infancy that Tris Enders would wed Juliet Branscombe. Yet, growing up on adjoining estates in Derbyshire made that the last thing that either wanted, especially after Tris had found the girl of his dreams in London and the handsome Lord Canfield moved into a nearby estate. Tris and Juliet each believed that if the other became engaged to someone else, then Juliet’s mother, the formidable Madge Branscombe, would finally have to put her daughter’s dreams above her own and allow them to marry whomever they chose. Misunderstandings abound when Tris and Juliet “help” each other with the objects of their affections, leading to disastrous results. (from Open Road Media)
The Girl with the Persian Shawl, by Elizabeth Mansfield
An arrogant spinster, a dashing rake, and an unsigned painting: The Girl With the Persian Shawl was a strangely bewitching masterpiece that had hung in the Rendell household for generations. Kate Rendell graciously let the dashing Lord Ainsworth view the work and was outraged when he dared to insinuate that the painting came into the family by nefarious means. She was unfazed that Lord Ainsworth left her estate believing she was little more than an arrogant spinster. But everything changed when she discovered that her beloved but flighty younger cousin was to be betrothed to . . . a rake! (from Open Road Media)
Miscalculations, by Elizabeth Mansfield
His Woman Of Affairs
Jane Douglas had a sharp wit, a brilliant mind, and an extraordinary knack for numbers. As financial advisor to Lady Martha Kettering, she was able to provide for herself, her sister and her mother. Jane had resigned herself to a quiet life in the country, in service.
Viscount Luke Kettering was a Corinthian: self-confident, elegant, with a talent for all the manly arts, and a penchant for taking risks. He was admired by his peers, yet his constant requests for funds to settle his gambling debts caused his mother deep concern. He eagerly accepted her challenge to give him control of his inheritance if he could prove to be financially responsible. All he had to do was act prudently for one month. He did not factor in one detail–that Lady Martha’s financial advisor would be overseeing his accounting for the month–and that he was–a she! (from Open Road Media)