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Soundtrack for The Viscount Who Loved Me

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Soundtrack for The Duke and I

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Soundtrack for The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown

  • “Like the Weather” by 10,000 Maniacs

    So much of this story (and indeed, the entire anthology) revolves around the weather. The winter of 1813-14 was the coldest on record in London, and the Thames really did freeze over!

  • “Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews Band

    This one seemed fitting, given how everyone is crashing into each other at the skating party. But more than that, I have always found this song intensely romantic.

  • “Bizarre Love Triangle” by New Order

    I don’t write very many love triangles in my books, but I did in “36 Valentines.”

  • “That’s Just What You Are” by Aimee Mann

    You don’t often find such deliciously bitter songs on my playlists, but this one was just perfect, considering that “36 Valentines” opens with Susannah having been jilted by the hero’s brother. Plus (and I swear I only realized this after I chose the song), they share the same last name. Susannah’s eventual love is David Mann-Formsby, and his brother (who marries Harriet Snowe) ends up with the best sort of revenge: the name Clive Snowe-Mann-Formsby.

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Soundtrack for Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

  • “Rumour Has It” by Adele

    This one would work for any story with Lady Whistledown…

  • “If I Had $1,000,000…” by Barenaked Ladies

    When Peter falls in love with Tillie, he is very concerned about being thought a fortune hunter. I’d like to think that if he did have $1,000,000 (or whatever the pound sterling equivalent would have been in 1816) he wouldn’t have bought her a monkey. But he probably would have bought her a green dress.

  • “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

    Continuing the theme… This is one of my favorite songs of all time, off one of my favorite albums of all time..

  • “New Slang” by The Shins

    This is such a beautiful, wistful song. There is a lot that’s fun in “The First Kiss,” but there is also a lot that is sad. Tillie is mourning her brother, who died in the Napoleonic wars, and Peter is trying to adjust to life in London after years as a soldier. The words are rather poetic and can be interpreted in many ways, but the melody fits the story perfectly.

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Soundtrack for To Catch an Heiress

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Soundtrack for Scottish Brides

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Soundtrack for Brighter than the Sun

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Soundtrack for Everything and the Moon

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Soundtrack for Minx

  • “Coming Around Again” by Carly Simon

    The image of the family at the breakfast table, completely unable to communicate, makes me think of the end of Minx, where Henry and Dunford have so much to say but don’t know how. My favorite version of this song is on her live album (recorded on Martha’s Vineyard) when she segues into “Itsy Bitsy Spider.

  • “Hammer and a Nail” by Indigo Girls

    I adore the Indigo Girls. (“Galileo” is a personal favorite, but I couldn’t figure out how reincarnation worked with any of my books.) This song is all about the satisfaction or working with one’s hands and it always makes me think about the beginning of Minx, when Henry puts Dunford through the paces at the farm.

  • “One Step Ahead” Split Enz

    One of my favorites from the 80s, this song always reminds me of this book.

  • “In My Life” by the Beatles

    Such a sweetly romantic (and nostalgic) song. It’s almost a lullaby.