Happy Christmas, my dears! Marissa and I will be taking the next two weeks off to spend time with family and friends, but before we go we wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas and a wonderful, productive, prosperous New Year!
And bring you presents. J
The first is my usual Christmas bonus, but this year with a twist. While I contributed to the bonus, it was actually conceived and created by the talented authors at the Historical Romance Network, of which I am a member. For your perusing pleasure, we have an annotated list of more than 60 historical romance novels set around the winter holidays. The list is organized by era, title, and heat level, so you can find just the right book for you!
The second is a must-see online exhibit called Beauty, Virtue, and Vice from the American Antiquarian Society library describing how women and beauty were perceived based on prints from the nineteenth century. Fascinating!
Finally, we offer this short video showing the places key to Jane Austen’s life. I do love the narrator’s dry voice, particularly where he talks about the “gloriously overgrown” kitchen pump at Steventon.
Enjoy your holidays, my dears! We remain, as always, your humble servants. See you on January 6th.