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Subject: Best Historical Romance Novel/Author??
Date Posted: 7/2/2008 8:01 PM ET
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I LOVE Historical Romances, and my favorite author is Gaelen Foley.  Anybody have any suggestions for really great historical romance novels or authors??

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 10:27 PM ET
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Mary Balogh.....Julia Quinn.....Lisa Kleypas.....Mary Jo Putney.......Judith Ivory.....Jo Goodman.....Lorraine Heath.....

Madeline Hunter  just to name a few.  or check out the  Love/Romance forum for lots more details.

Date Posted: 7/2/2008 11:54 PM ET
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Add to those Elizabeth Thornton, Dorothy Garlock (writes great early American history/romance), Madeline Hunter
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 2:14 AM ET
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Love Love Love Johanna Lindsey, Jude deveraux, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Julia Quinn.  ALL my favorite authors have J names---STRANGE!



Remeberance by Jude Deveraux

Something Wonderful by Judith McNaught-

A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught


Last Edited on: 7/3/08 2:16 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 6:24 AM ET
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I second Johanna Lindsey and add Connie Mason, Norah Hess, Jill Gregory, Bobbie Smith and Rosalyn Alsobrook.

Subject: Historical Romance
Date Posted: 7/3/2008 7:59 AM ET
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You might like Philippa Gregory.  Her stuff is true historical fiction.  Stuff about the wives of King Henry VIII, stuff like that, but she makes it very interesting.  She takes the true facts and embellishes a bit, so you learn quite a bit as you read and can picture yourself there.

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Date Posted: 7/6/2008 12:16 AM ET
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johanna Lindsey and Sabrina Jefferies would be my top two favorites

Date Posted: 7/6/2008 4:38 PM ET
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I agree with many already mentioned - also love Laura Kinsale, Eloisa James, Connie Brockway, and Loretta Chase.

Subject: Re: Historical Romance Author
Date Posted: 7/6/2008 7:22 PM ET
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I have read most of Victoria Holt.  The Legend of the Seventh Virgin is my favorite!  She is an amazing historical romance author.  I hope you get a chance to read it.


Date Posted: 7/7/2008 8:03 AM ET
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I love Johanna Lindsey (hey, everyone loves a Lindsey) and also Ruth Langan. I used to also read a lot of Constance Day O'Bannion I think was her name.

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 1:04 PM ET
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In addition to the authors already listed, lately I have been reading alot of Liz Carlyle and Samantha James.

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 2:00 PM ET
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Victoria Alexander is also wonderful.



Subject: Hstorical Fiction yes...maybe not so much romance...lol
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 5:08 PM ET
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Ken Follett

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 7:42 AM ET
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You can't miss Kathleen Woodiwiss.  I read all her books back in the day, before there was "chick lit".  She pretty much threw historical romance into the mainstream.  Unfortunately she passed away last year and there'll be no more novels.

Her books

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Date Posted: 7/8/2008 8:23 AM ET
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Would Gone With The Wind be considered an historical romance?  If not, well, I recommend it anyway!!

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 11:35 AM ET
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I also recommend Johanna Lindsey.  I'm not sure after browsing the site if Lynn Kurland was mentioned but her books are good as well.  I also like to read the romance novels by Catherine Anderson (she also rights mystery), and Joan Johnston, just a few I can think of at the moment...I have read soooo many.

Date Posted: 7/8/2008 6:17 PM ET
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Stephanie, YES! and it's one of my favorite books.

Date Posted: 7/9/2008 7:49 PM ET
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I'd add Kat Martin and Marsha Canham to that list.
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 2:53 PM ET
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Jane Feather put amazing details into her historical books most of them based in Europe.

And I also recommend Woodiwiss, Ashes in the Wind is one of my all time favorites by her.

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 4:26 PM ET
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Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series!  They're the best!

Date Posted: 7/10/2008 10:53 PM ET
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I'm also a big Johanna Lindsay fan.  First romance book I ever read was Captive Bride when I was in high school.  (1987)  My best friend let me borrow her mom's copy and now I own every book she's ever written (and won't get rid of them)  I also have all of K. Woodiwiss, Shirley Busbee and Lisa Kleypas. 

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 12:10 AM ET
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Valerie Sherwood is also a great writer of historical novels...She was the first author of historicals I read many, many years ago, and she will always be my favorite..its hard to find her books though, she stopped writing a long time ago, but if you are able to get any of her books, I think you'll love them.

Born To Love

Her Shining Splendor

Lovely Lying Lips

Rich Radiant Love

These Golden Pleasures

This Loving Torment

This Towering Passion

To Love A Rogue

Wild Willful Love

Lovesong (Carolina & Kells book #1)

Windsong (Carolina & Kells book #2)

Nightsong (Carolina & Kells Book #3)

Date Posted: 7/12/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I am currently reading The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory - EXCELLENT!!! :)

Jude Deveraux is also a favorite of mine - loved Knight in Shining Armour

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Date Posted: 7/13/2008 4:48 PM ET
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Suzanne Enoch is always entertaining and engaging and she also does great modern romance (which I almost never like, but couldn't put down any of her Samantha and Richard books).

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:59 PM ET
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Don't know if they were mentioned above, but Catherine Coulter and Julie Garwood are also great.