Love, lust and romance on sale at Bethel library
Wrapped in the arms of a dashing, young 19th Century suitor whose open shirt revealed his wide, muscular torso, the slim, shapely woman with the deep cleavage was clearly in love.
"We call that kind of book a bodice-ripper," laughed
, president of The Friends of
Bethel Public Library
. "It makes for a very romantic book."
The slim book was, in fact, one of more than 600 paperback and hardcover stories of love, lust, romance and mystery that were offered Saturday at the Friends' fifth annual Cupid's Romance Book Sale inside the library lobby.
"We always have it just before Valentine's Day," Tesar said. "Some people find the books make very good gifts as well as a good read."
Along with raising money for the group, Tesar said the sale also increases public awareness of the library and its work and often helps the Friends to recruit volunteers.
Still, unlike their other yearly book sales, Saturday's market focused on only one topic: romance.
Along with the "bodice rippers," there were other inviting covers promising Regency romances, contemporary love stories and sweet seductions laced with mystery and intrigue.
"An affair of the heart can be most maddening," wrote one publicist on the jacket of a story about a man challenged by his peers to win the affections of a newly arrived young woman in a country village.
"The Bride and the Mercenary," a tale of romance and suspense, followed the fraught emotions of two lovers caught between duty and passion.
Paperbacks sold for 50 cents each or three for $1, while hardbacks were priced individually.
Contact Brian Saxton
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