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Title Tattle

Friday, November 30, 2012
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I’m just finishing up The Soldier by Grace Burrowes. It’s well named: the hero is not only a former soldier suffering from PTSD, but he’s been “soldiering on” for most of his life.  Other books in this family series follow that same naming trend. There’s The Heir, about the responsible brother, and The Virtuoso — I haven’t read that one yet, so I don’t know if it has any metaphorical meaning, but I wouldn’t be surprised. In a field in which generic titles abound, it’s cool to see a series with titles that say something about the main characters and their roles in life.

Wait a minute though… those are all the book about the sons of the family. There are also five daughters. And what are their titles? Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish. Lady Eve’s Indiscretion. Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight.  And Lady Maggie’s Secret Scandal. (What does that even mean? How can you have a secret scandal?) The final (?) book will be called Lady Jenny’s Christmas Portrait.

Five Ladies. Three Christmases. A multitude of meaningless Historical romance novel buzz words. These aren’t the most pointless, generic, pandering titles I’ve ever seen — I think that honor would have to go to Lady Amelia’s Mess and a Half — but it’s damn close.  I haven’t read any of these books yet, so I don’t know if I can expect the author’s usual straightforward, intimate style or if she’s had to cutesify it up to go with the titles. God, I hope not.


  • That picture was a brilliant illustration.


  • @Lori: Kind of sums it all up, doesn’t it.


  • I see titles like that and I immediately think “fluffy mistorical, keep walking…..” Which, you know – I have no idea if that’s true of Burrowes’ work or not. But cutesy titles have that knee-jerk effect on me. Although I will respectfully disagree with you – these aren’t too bad in the grand scheme of things. The ones that kill me are the ones like “I Kissed An Earl” and “What I Did For A Duke” etc. They’re just so…..precious. Bah humbug.

    Oh, and Burrowes has, presumably, a new series starting in April. The title of that book? Darius. Presumably the hero’s name. Obviously this is a “thing.”


  • Kate Rothwell
    November 30
    5:27 pm

    I love those fluffity bits of nonsense, and titles never stop me, but it’s easy to overdo the historical candy. I’ve read so many lately, my teeth have started to hurt.

    An antidote: Ilona Andrews has a new one out and that book should have some strong women killing people.


  • @Wendy: I think sticklers would probably classify them that way. They’re certainly not the most accurate historicals you’ll find, but I have an extremely low fluff tolerance and I don’t find them fluffy.


  • @Kate Rothwell: I really can’t stand them, even in small doses. I will hate it if the titles turn out to accurately represent the books.


  • Mireya
    December 2
    12:02 am

    I am about to start the first of Grace Burrowes’ MacGregor trilogy, which is due out on Tuesday, but available already through Sourcebooks book club. Like Anne Gracie, she’s an author whose work I follow. If you don’t like cutesy, avoid “Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish” I LOVED it, but the premise is quite far-fetched. On the other hand, you may find it as charming as I did despite the “far-fetchedness”. So far I’ve liked her characters (Lady Maggie being a notable exception, I wanted to bitch-slap her a few times over hehe). Either way, her writing appeals to me, so she’s an auto-buy author in my case. I do acknowledge that if I like the characters in a book and the author’s writing style, I am willing to forgive pretty much anything.



  • Far-fetched premises aren’t necessarily an issue, I’m thinking more of the style of writing.


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