This week’s spotlight is Wanted Wife, the first novel in Gwen Jones’ French Kiss series. Julie Knott, the heroine from Wanted Wife has compiled a very intriguing list of her Top Ten Books to share with us today:
Julie Knott tells you all about her Top Ten Favorite Books (in no particular order)
1. The Portable Dorothy Parker – Edited by Marion Meade.
As a reporter and a writer, Dorothy Parker has always spoken to me. She lived life large and was fascinated by the weirdness all around her. I’ve always guided whatever I’ve done in my professional life by her credo: Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.
2. The Time Traveler’s Wife – by Audrey Niffenegger.
A truly original story that illustrates the ephemeral qualities of love and its endurance. Get out the hankies, though.
3. Outlander – by Diana Gabaldon
Actually, the whole Outlander series which is going on what—seven books now? I’ve loved every one of them, but this is the book that started it all. While on holiday in Scotland Claire Beauchamp, a WWII era English nurse accidently walks through standing stones and falls into the 1740s and invariably into the arms of gloriously romantic Jacobite rebel, James Frasier. How do you say yum in Gaelic? I spell it Jamie. A rousing adventure all around.
4. Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte
I read this book first as a girl and loved it ever since. Has there ever been a more enigmatic, masterful and dashing romantic hero than Edward Rochester (except well, you know)? But surpassing even him is the plucky, independent Jane. She’ll tell you all to go to hell.
5. Eleanor Roosevelt (Vol. 1) – by Blanche Wiesen Cook.
Why do many young women these days find their idols in pop stars, when there’s someone like Mrs. Roosevelt to emulate? A pioneer in so many ways, she’s always aspired me to do better. My favorite quote: You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
6. Blindspot – by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore
An affectionate send-up of the best of eighteenth-century fiction. A love story full of surprises and wit and some really hilarious bon mots. Quite literally made me laugh out loud. Just plain fun.
7. The Whiskey Rebels – by David Liss
A story of taxes, stock manipulation and corruption in the early days of the American republic, partially set in Philadelphia. Really, really more than it seems and very entertaining. I loved its hero and what he did for love.
8. The Devil in Winter – by Lisa Klepas
If it’s true rakes make the best husbands, then Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent, will win the highest spousal award hands down. In my estimation the best Kleypas historical romance ever. And that’s putting it into some supremely stellar company. Guilty pleasure? You betcha. Except I haven’t a guilty bone in my body.
9. Naked – by David Sedaris
A collection of brilliant and hilariously funny essays on family, growing up and making it in the real world. Sedaris has been called the “new Mark Twain.” Wry observations with just a twist of the profound.
10. Making a Scene – Crimes and Indiscretions, Book 1 (Ellora’s Cave Edition) – by Trudy Doyle
Another guilty pleasure, erotica department. An intelligent, sexy, funny tale, and one that Andy and I read together. Or at least attempted to…
Title: Wanted Wife by Gwen Jones
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 377 pages
If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips, don’t miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones!
Landed, financially secure 40-yr-old male
* Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a secret past *
Seeks healthy, athletic female
* Preferably a pretty reporter with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods *
For marriage and family
* What could possibly go wrong? *
Gwen Jones, after spending years writing several unpublishable novels, decided to learn what she was doing wrong or give it all up. So after earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University, she’s now so good they even allow her to teach there. An unabashed born-and-bred native of Southern New Jersey and the Jersey Shore, she lives with her husband, Frank, and the absolute cutest cat in the world, Gracie.
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