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Subject: Books about childhood sweethearts - recommendations
Date Posted: 3/16/2011 11:40 AM ET
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I am looking for books about childhood sweethearts who stay faithful to one another through the whole story.
I know there are many books about childhood sweethearts, but in those I have found there is always something that ruins the romantic part for me – either the hero has a past as a womanizer or somebody of the main characters have already been married or they have other relationships before getting together, while I am looking for a story where the characters have always been faithful to one another since the moment they befriended each other in their childhood. They may be obstacles that prevent them from getting together (I understand that otherwise there would be almost no plot), but I would prefer them to stay faithful to one another in spite of everything.
I don’t know if such books exist, but if there are, could anybody recommend me something please? I would be really grateful.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 1:31 PM ET
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The Sweet Gum Tree    one of my favorite books.

Childhood sweet hearts is my favorite theme. I'm always looking for them.

Welcome to PBS !

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Sweet-Gum-Tree-Katherine-Allred/book/1419953249/ 



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Date Posted: 3/16/2011 3:36 PM ET
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I loved this one.

A Matter of Class by Mary Balogh
 

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 4:32 PM ET
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I love the stories with childhood sweethearts too but i cant say that ive read any where they stay together through the whole book. It will be interesting to see some of the recs.

Ive got Sweet Gum Tree on my Kindle WL....i have heard so much about that one.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 4:33 PM ET
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Oh yeah....Welcome to PBS!! I didnt notice that the first time i read through....

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 5:04 PM ET
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I have The Sweet Gum Tree on my TBR...I should bump it up!

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 8:26 PM ET
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Judith McNaught, Paradise. One of my favorite books ever.
Date Posted: 3/16/2011 8:26 PM ET
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Judith McNaught, Paradise. One of my favorite books ever.
Date Posted: 3/16/2011 9:59 PM ET
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I have Paradise on my TBR pile , maybe I should bump it up ..LOL 

I keep picking it up , but its just so thick.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 10:42 PM ET
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LOL. I have Paradise on my TBR too, and keep putting it off.

Date Posted: 3/16/2011 11:00 PM ET
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Judith McNaught, Paradise. One of my favorite books ever.

I read this one and the H/h are not faithful to each after their separation or throughout the book. The heroin has a fiancé while the hero is a womanizer. But overall, Paradise is a good but the book is WAY too long and some part really was about business than romance. The author could have easily made the book 200 pages shorter if she would just focused only on H/h’s relationship.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 4:03 AM ET
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You might try  Jude Deveraux- Remembrance

Is about a woman who is Hypnotized and flash/lives through her past lives and her first life is where she meets and loves her 'one and only' forever. 

 

 

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 9:04 AM ET
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I loved Remembrance!....although I should probably confess that I ripped out most of the beginning and end of the book and just kept the story where they're in the Middle Ages. As I recall, in one of their "past lives" they weren't faithful and it ruined those parts.

Ya know...I can't think of a single example, personally.

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 10:24 AM ET
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Loved Matter of Class-it reminded me alot of Balogh's early Signets which I love. 

Patricia Potter has a couple-one is Starfinder is one-set in the Highlands. 

 

Hmmm-will have to think on this one.  I love the storyline of childhood sweethearts but most of them love/separated/love type of things, not faithful thru out the entire book. 

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 3:28 PM ET
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I must be in a wavelenght with this thread.

Just this week I ordered both A Matter of Class and Paradise from the library without realizing they have been mentioned here first!

Date Posted: 3/17/2011 11:41 PM ET
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Again The Magic by Lisa Kleypas has the couple know each other as children, get together as teenagers, but then due to their class differences are forced apart until they meet again as adults.  Great historical romance.

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 1:56 PM ET
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I love this thread ,my favorite theme.  I'm gonna get a copy of Again the Magic.

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 2:09 PM ET
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Lisa,

Again the Magic is the prequel to LK's Wallflower series.  So if you haven't read those books you might want to put them on your list. *L*

Date Posted: 3/18/2011 9:48 PM ET
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My favorite book about childhood sweethearts is Once in A Blue Moon by Penelope Williamson.  They meet and fall in love when young, are separated and then reunited. I'm not entirely sure if they're faithful to each other while separated, however.

 

OMG what a good book. That Penelope Williamson can write!   I'd rate it in my top three all-time romance faves. 



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Date Posted: 3/18/2011 10:33 PM ET
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Oooooh love this theme! A London season by joan wolf. It's an oldie but a goodie. It also fits ALL your perameters.
Date Posted: 3/18/2011 11:04 PM ET
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How about Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Williams.  the characters know each other from childhood and the man has always been in love with the woman.   I don't think he was 100% faithful after she left him, but he always loved her anyway.  It is a great romance novel.  one of my keepers.

Date Posted: 3/19/2011 8:12 AM ET
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A Place to Call Home by Deborah Smith

Date Posted: 4/1/2011 5:37 PM ET
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I found a list ,hope it helps

http://www.likesbooks.com/boards/viewtopic.php?t=8405 

Date Posted: 4/26/2011 8:52 AM ET
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I read this one a long time ago but have never forgotten it, it was so well done,  the heros love for the heroine was so loyal, it's not a long book but I think you'd enjoy it! I think the town gets involved in getting these two together and everyone but the heroine was in on the secret.

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Four-Dollars-Fifty-Lass-Small/book/0373056133/ 

Four dollars and fifty one cents by Lass Small

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 10:00 PM ET
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You might want to try Nan Ryan's YOU BELONG TO MY HEART.   They love each other from the time they are children.  Although the hero & heroine each have another relationship it's only because they've been separated by her parents.   They still love each other in their hearts although it's a rocky road before they can be together again.