Writing a romance novel, especially a historical romance novel is like walking a fine line. You want to appeal to modern readers, but you also need to remain true to the time period.
Earlier this year, Julie Klassen released her new novel, Lady Maybe.
Hannah Rogers is caught in a lie. After surviving a carriage accident, she is assumed to be the lady of the house. Desperately needing to remove her infant son from a less than ideal situation, Hannah plays along with the lie. Then the lie becomes bigger than her. First her employer wakes up and he is not what she thought he would be. And the solicitor, who is initially suspicious of Hannah, finds that she is not whom he thought he would be dealing with.
The truth will have to come to light eventually. When it does, Hannah will have to face the consequences and choose both the man and the life that is best for her and her son.
I really liked this book. The story was well written, the characters were well rounded and the suspense kept me going to the very end. Unlike other novels of this genre, the sexual aspects of the story were pg 13 as opposed to other novels where the sexual aspects are rated r, which is a nice change. My only complaint about the book is that Ms. Klassen used some modern verbage that did not fit in with the Regency era setting.
Do I recommend it? Yes.
Television in the 1980’s, for the most part, was very, well, white. Then Bill Cosby came along.
The Cosby Show (1984-1992), revolutionized television. Whereas previous African-American shows had their characters in settings that many lived in at the time, The Cosby Show was different. The Huxtables were an upper middle class family in Brooklyn. Cliff (Bill Cosby) was a doctor, his wife Clair (Phylicia Rashad) was a lawyer. They had five children ranging in age from college to early elementary school.
While the show contained the usual emotional schmaltz and “special episodes”, this show was also funny and spoke to the audience, regardless of the labels they used. Unfortunately, the show’s legacy has been altered by the scandal revolving around it’s star.
In 1987, Lisa Bonet’s character, Denise, was spun off into a series of her own, A Different World. Airing until 1993, the show followed Denise as she attended a historically all black college. Due to what was understood at the time differences with the show’s producers, Lisa Bonet left, but the show lived on.
While there are certain elements in terms of fashion, music and lingo that are dated, the show lives on because of the human stories and human lives of the characters. And, to it’s credit, it encouraged and still encourages some kids to attend college who had not considered going.
Do I recommend them? Well yes, but I can’t watch The Cosby Show reruns without thinking of Bill Cosby in a different light.
There are some television programs that are so iconic, that unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the show.
I Love Lucy (1951-1957) is television. It is one of the first sitcoms and has not left the air in some capacity since the final episode aired in 1957.
Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) is a housewife whose husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) is a band leader. She tries every which way to get into show business, but is always soundly rebuffed. Their best friends are their landlords, Ethel and Fred Mertz (Vivian Vance and William Frawley).
This show created television as we know it today. While some aspects are a bit dated, it is still hilarious and bring in an audience more than fifty years after the final episode aired. Another aspect of the show, that is interesting to me at least is the idea of Lucy’s bungled attempts to get into show business foreshadows the feminist movement that would open doors to women in many aspects of life, including the workplace.
I recommend it.