A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
I don’t read a lot of romance. I tend to prefer my romances as subplots to a greater story; they seem more organic that way, and tend to avoid the cripplingly annoying heteronormativity that seems to place itself about shin height every time I open a book that markets itself as mainly romance. (Not that I don’t run into it in other places.) But I do appreciate the light, fluffy, and honest quality of a lot of material marketed as such; it’s comforting to know that your leads will end up together in a story that won’t challenge your view of the universe. (Which is why the heteronormativity bugs so much; my view of the universe involves telling it to kindly go die in a fire.) A Tailor-Made Bride sounded cute, and then it was free on Amazon.
I find the panic over the rise of digital books overblown. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—until someone invents a ten dollar reading device that won’t electrocute you in the tub, physical books are safe. Yes, the industry is going to go through some growing pains to get used to it, but the music industry and the film industry have already been there and come out more or less fine. But digital reading is here to stay, and I find it immensely useful. I can’t split my focus between two print books, but I can split my focus between one print book and one digital book. With the addition of Iona the iPhone to my herd of electronics and my usual habit of reading digital books while blow-drying my hair, I’ve had plenty of time to think about digital reader apps and which ones are worth one’s time—and the two that I think fits most book bloggers’ needs.
Over the year and a half (I don’t want to say years yet), you may have gathered that, while I have a wildly eclectic taste in books, I don’t talk about romance novels much. Perhaps you may have concluded that I don’t like romance novels. However, this isn’t the case. I like romance novels, but there’s usually so many problematic elements raised from assumptions of heteronormativity and depictions of supposedly healthy relationships that I usually dispense with the genre unless someone recommends some to me. All of this is to say that we’re going to look at two romance novels on my reading list—both of which are historical novels.