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Monday, April 19, 2021

Backlist Love (17): Utterly Charming

 It's been OVER A YEAR since we've had a Backlist Love video! 

But I heard you guys loud and clear on my feedback form, so yes, BACKLIST LOVE IS BACK.

(It actually never should have left. I definitely recorded, edited AND uploaded a few more of these last year, and just... idek. I don't know what happened to them, I don't know if I deleted them. 2020 happened, and I take no accountability.)

ANYWAY, here are 3 books that have been out for awhile now, that maybe you've forgotten about or never heard about to begin with, and I RECOMMEND THEM.

Let me know your fave backlist titles in the comments, and if there are any themes you'd like me to use in a future BLL vid, let me know that, too!


SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY by Mary Robinette Kowal 
Historical Fantasy / Romance, 208 pages Published August 3rd 2010 by Tor Books
The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality. Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

KEEPING THE CASTLE by Patrice Kindl 
Historical Romance / Coming of Age, 261 pages Published June 14th 2012 by Viking Childrens Books
Seventeen-year-old Althea is the sole support of her entire family, and she must marry well. But there are few wealthy suitors--or suitors of any kind--in their small Yorkshire town of Lesser Hoo. Then, the young and attractive (and very rich) Lord Boring arrives, and Althea sets her plans in motion. There's only one problem; his friend and business manager Mr. Fredericks keeps getting in the way. And, as it turns out, Fredericks has his own set of plans . . .

SORCERY & CECELIA by Patricia C. Wrede 
Historical Fantasy Romance 326 pages Published 2004 by Harcourt: omnibus edition (originally published April 15th 1988)
A great deal is happening in London and the country this season. For starters, there's the witch who tried to poison Kate at the Royal College of Wizards. There's also the man who seems to be spying on Cecelia. (Though he's not doing a very good job of it--so just what are his intentions?) And then there's Oliver. Ever since he was turned into a tree, he hasn't bothered to tell anyone where he is. Clearly, magic is a deadly and dangerous business. And the girls might be in fear for their lives . . . if only they weren't having so much fun!


  1. I've got Shades of Milk and Honey on my TBR and Keeping the Castle is a wish list book, but Sorcery and Cecilia is new to me so glad to get the intro. I love historical fantasy blends. Have you read Half a Soul? I think it would fit with these and it is good.

    1. I have NOT read that; don't think I've even heard of it unitl now. But I'm adding it to my list!

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