As part of #LoveAtTheLibrary, we’re asking our authors to share why they love their libraries. Check back over the next few weeks to read their thoughts and remember to follow Mills & Boon to see all the romantic displays! Today we hear from one of the newest members of the Mills & Boon family, Therese Beharrie!
My childhood was quite lonely in the traditional sense. I had siblings who were much older than me (and who had very little interest in entertaining their baby sister) and I didn’t have that many friends. But just because I didn’t spend time with people didn’t mean I felt alone. You see, my mother had given me a gift when I was very young that meant I would never feel alone: she took me to the library.
Reading has always been a bit of an obsession of mine since my mother showed me my first “You Can Read” video. When she told me about libraries, I quite literally started dreaming about large buildings with books that held characters who could be my friends (#nerdandproud). Once I got my membership card, I steadily read my way through the books in the library. I experienced different worlds and encountered different people. I could morph into animals, solve mysteries and fall in love after only one trip to the library.
I had honestly found more happiness than I could have imagined in books.
Combined with my real-life experiences though, I found myself becoming frustrated with the children’s books I was reading. I wanted to read something more real. I wanted to see complicated people in complicated relationships. But because I was also looking for an escape from reality, I still wanted to feel good after I finished reading a book.
Fortunately, I discovered Mills and Boon.
I was introduced to these books when, just before I turned thirteen, my cousin snuck me one of hers during a family vacation. The romance, the angst, the will-they-won’t-they uncertainty, and most importantly, the happily-ever-after I found in that book started a love affair that enhanced my already rooted enjoyment of romance. I was so happy to turn thirteen so that I could finally borrow from the “adult” section of the library. I got to read as many Mills and Boons as I liked, and I even used them as practice for learning another language at school!
Libraries have an incredibly special place in my heart because of all of this. I cannot wait to one day raise my children with the library in their lives so that I know that they will always have friends, always have a place of refuge, and always have the magical worlds books offer to escape to.
Hopefully supporting the library will bring them as much joy as it has to me.