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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Description: A delightful comedy of manners by the original Regency Romance author. Proud Mr. Darcy slights Miss Elizabeth Bennet, then falls in love with her after she has formed a prejudice against him. Banter ensues.

You've seen the adaptations, visit the original.

This is my favorite Austen book. The wit is sparklingly light. The
characters are funny and engaging. And the central romance is delightful.

I want to be Elizabeth when I grow up. She is smart, charming, and always thinks of something witty to say. No ten minutes later, "Damn, I should I have said this or that." She speaks her mind. She has a great attitude and is willing to not only laugh at other people, but at herself. 

And what would our heroine be without a hero to match wits against. Mr. Darcy is proud, arrogant, and ultimately it seems, a little shy. He doesn't know how to express himself among strangers, so he wraps himself up in his own superiority. An emotional shield of,  "What they think doesn't matter, they can't hurt me." Until of course, one opinion comes to matter a great deal to him and then it's too late.

Although of course, it is never too late. This is after all a comedy of

The Second Summoning by Tanya Huff 

Description - Fantasy, Magic, Comedy, Romance. Claire is a Keeper who's dealt with balancing good and evil in the world for years, but true love, teenage angels and demons, and new tricks from her annoying younger sister make life truly interesting. 

If you've read the first book in this series, Summon the Keeper by Tanya Huff, then you'll know about Claire and the hilarious things that happen to her as she's trying to save the world. 

I really enjoyed the first book but was kind of annoyed at the main character's inability to get over herself. The second book, oh so aptly titled The Second Summoning, solves that problem nicely and is even funnier. After a few fits and starts, Claire and Dean (her hunky, younger, hero-in-training boyfriend) get it together and get it on. 

This act of love, with a little help from Diana (Claire's too powerful, smart ass younger sister), inadvertently leads to the creation of an angel and a demon in opposite teenage bodies full of raging hormones. Throw in some talking cats, earnest Canadians, and little old ladies (sweet and sour) and you have a hilarious book in what I hope will be a long series.

I think this book could stand on its own, but I'm not sure since I've read them both. Be safe and buy both. I haven't laughed so hard reading a book in months, yet it's more than funny - it's touching, romantic, and good triumphs over evil in a way that leaves you with a big smile on your face. 

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