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Subject: Barbara Cartland quote
Date Posted: 7/22/2009 2:58 PM ET
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This great little quote popped into my mailbox as part of my quote-a-day service.  I haven't read her books since I was a teenager, but I love the quote.

You can't lose if you give them handsome highwaymen, duels, 3-foot fountains, and whacking great horses and dogs all over the place.
     - Barbara Cartland

Obviously she left a few things out, if I remember her formula correctly, like virgins, rich older men...

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 10:00 AM ET
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I used to read her a lot when I was a teenager :)

I may have to find a few of her oldies just for memories sake :)

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 1:27 PM ET
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You know I have never read a Barbara Cartland.  What are they - regency?

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 1:46 PM ET
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I think they're regencey Sherri - dukes and lords and such.

she was the first romance my mom allowed and some I still love even today! my grandma I think had gotten a huge sack of them and seems like the one I pulled out to read there(yep book addict even then!) was Curse of the Clan and it was good! :-) I also loved The Husband Hunters and Bride to a Brigand (gawd what an alpha kidnapping forceful hero!) and of course the men were all masterful and the women  young virgins who just wanted their love and usually had to wait til the end to get it! filled with wonder and awe of course! but gosh those 3 I need to find and I know I have them somewhere..just need to round them up and put them with the main group.

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 2:48 PM ET
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I too was a closet Barbara Cartland fan... couldn't read enough of her back in the day. I recently hunted down an oldie but goodie - "Desire of the Heart" -- frumpy girl pushed into an arranged marriage to her aunt's lover --- (probably a duke); finds herself a fairy godmother - reinvents herself and gets the guy.....

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:02 PM ET
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What's the sex content of her books?

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:21 PM ET
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zilch Mary! usually at the end and no description AT ALL. I think breasts might be mentioned but nothing explicit my any means whatsoever(and when I read them I had no imagination either!) suddenly 'that was wonderful I never imagined itwould bel ike that' and 'I love you darling'..blech when I think about it now but I loved these at the time!

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 3:49 PM ET
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OK I will probably skip them then.  I don't need all my books to be erotic but I do like a little sex in them.  Especially if they get married at some point and if the wedding night is just 2 sentences then that's disappointing.  I like at least their first coupling to be somewhat described. 

Date Posted: 7/23/2009 4:50 PM ET
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I stopped reading them when I was probably around 20.  I have a distinct memory of being more in sympathy with "the other woman."  You know the one - age appropriate to the hero, had a little education and a job.  The one the 18 year old virgin heroines were intimidated by, but ultimately vanquished when they won the dirty old geezer's heart and hand LOL.