There's never not a good time to celebrate love in Romancelandia. Your mileage may vary on some of these, of course, so after you read this, be sure to share your favorites in the comments!
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Most Literary: Joseph the Poet
Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight by Grace Burrowes
I love Grace Burrowes’ Regencies, and my absolute favorite, without competition, is Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight. And one reason I love it so is because of a scene near the beginning when the scholarly Louisa is taking an early-morning constitutional in the park and encounters her neighbor, Joseph Carrington. The brusque and plainspoken Joseph is a successful farmer who served with distinction alongside Louisa’s late brother in the Peninsular Wars, so she’s already predisposed to like him. But she’s astonished when he begins to quote Wordsworth’s “Composed Upon Westminster Bridge,” a poem that evocatively begins “Earth has not anything to show more fair.” (Is Carrington talking about the Bridge here, or about Louisa? Discuss.)
Joseph Carrington’s voice was made for poetry. Like a violoncello switching from lowly scales and droning exercises to solo repertoire, when he put his voice to poetry, Sir Joseph spoke lyrically, even beautifully…
Joseph, for his part, is immediately overcome with confusion – why would he, a mere pig farmer, dare to start “blathering about domes and ships and whatnot” to the wealthy, titled, and obviously scarily smart Louisa? But Louisa, for her part, is enchanted. I was, too.