The History of Romance Novels in Library News & Notes

This article, written by OFPL Director Ryan Johnson, was featured in the August 4, 2021 O'Fallon Weekly. Here he shares some thoughts and facts about Romance Novels. A few weeks ago one of my favorite podcasts, 99% Invisible, had an episode all about romance novels.  I would have listened to the episode anyway, as I … Continue reading The History of Romance Novels in Library News & Notes

By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank – New Title Tuesday

Summer is not over yet, and I wanted a leisurely, fun read. Dorothea Benton Frank's By Invitation Only was a perfect choice.  It's light but not silly; it's romantic, but not naive; and it celebrates the peculiar traits and themes that make and tie families together. Publisher’s Summary: The Lowcountry of South Carolina is where By … Continue reading By Invitation Only by Dorothea Benton Frank – New Title Tuesday

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus, a Book Review

A book with a title like Romancing the Dark in the City of Light...well, it brings along certain connotations.  The Eiffel tower, a pink sunset cover, two characters holding hands in the rain...a hardcore YA romance, right? While Ann Jacobus' new novel definitely deserves the "romance" label, the story doesn't end there.  The novel follows Summer … Continue reading Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus, a Book Review