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Subject: Charles II era romance?
Date Posted: 1/28/2010 3:40 PM ET
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OK, this has been driving me nuts ever since I started reading Forever Amber. Back in mid-90s sometime I read a historical romance that I think had a fictional hero & heroine. I think she was a lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Breganza, and Lady Castlemaine was totally jealous of the wee thing. It was a pretty hefty book (400-450 pg?). For some reason, I remember the cover having lots of blue on it. I'm having no luck turning up anything. Anyone have a clue? I'd like to read it again and see if it's as good as I thought it was at the time.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 7:01 AM ET
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Karla,  Have you tried Library Thing http://www.librarything.com/groups/namethatbook  they might help?

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 8:33 AM ET
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I'll give it a try. Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 8:36 AM ET
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Karla when you find out let me know because I like the restoration England era romances. 

If you like that time period like me I recently picked up a newer book (haven't read it yet but it looks cool)  - Royal Harlot

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 9:56 PM ET
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You might also post this on the "Booksleuth" section of abebooks.com Community forum.   There are some people there who are very familiar with romances & have solved requests like this one very quickly.   P.S. let me know if you solve it, I love Restoration romance!  

Date Posted: 2/1/2010 10:23 PM ET
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Royal Harlot      I have been wondering how this book rates.   The reviews are Love or Hate!  No inbetween.  Please review it for us after you read it so I can figure out whether or not to add it to my 600 book TBR.  LOL.

Date Posted: 2/2/2010 4:46 PM ET
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Debating about purchasing the new "French Mistress" from the new PBS book store.  Author is also Susan Holloway Scott(who's also historical author Miranda Jarrett-a favorite of mine).  It's a Restoration as well.  As is also another SH Scott-The King's Favorite-Nell Gywnne and Charles the 2nd.  I'm wl'ed for that one too.  Yes, please review Royal Harlot-because I'm on the fence as well. 

Another  Restoration romance-Robyn Carr's debut novel were historicals and one at least is set during the Restoration.  I remember really enjoying them and was very disappointed when she began writing contemporaries.  All I came up with is "The Bellerose Bargain" but I could have sworn there was at least one more....

A newer one-Nicola Cornick-Lord Grenville's Captive.  Enjoyed it. 



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Date Posted: 2/3/2010 1:09 AM ET
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Robyn Carr also wrote Chelynne and Braeswood Tapestry. The latter is Reformation, not sure about the other, they're both on my tbr.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 6:23 AM ET
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The last time I talked to Karla she still hadn't found the book she originally was looking for, she has asked at Library Thing and Booksleuth.  Has anyone seen Seton lately?  She is amazing at this type of thing!

Subject: yes! thanks Rose...
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 9:42 AM ET
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For some reason, those didn't come up when I searched Robyn Carr historicals.....

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 10:16 AM ET
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Cosmina,  I read Duchess (Sarah Churchill), Royal Harlot, and Kings Favorite.  I thought they were okay.  I didn't expect high art, there wasn't any glaring inconsistency's.  My favorite was the The King's Favorite about Nell Gwynn

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 3:09 PM ET
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I'll bump Royal Harlot up the ole TBR list!  :)  I think it may be hard to like the heroine because I was hating her in Forever Amber. 

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 4:48 PM ET
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Cheshire, Barbara Castlemaine is one of those figures that may have deserved her bad press.  I have never seen a sympathetic depiction of her.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 8:10 AM ET
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She was definitely a woman who got what she wanted by any means possible - Of course if she was a man they would have said good things about him - her being a woman and she gets the shaft (not defending her by any means). 

Damn now I am going to have to hurry up and read the book to see if the author painted her in a sympathetic light or not....

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 11:36 AM ET
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I hadn't marked this topic to watch (duh), so I didn't see the Robyn Carr posts. Bellrose Bargain looks AWFUL familiar, but I'm still not sure. Golly gee, guess I'll just have to read it to make sure! :-)


No responses from Booksleuth or Abebooks, so I really appreciate the effort here!

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 8:53 PM ET
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Sorry my Abebooks.com suggestion has been a dud.  I've kept an eye on your post there, too... Maybe the ladies at Amazon.com Romance Community could be of some help?   I've seen people post there & get good results.    

Subject: have you tried Jean Plaidy?
Date Posted: 2/7/2010 11:19 AM ET
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aka Victoria Holt and Phillipa Carr?  she did several books on the Restoration court as Jean Plaidy.    One of them the cover is blue.  "The Loves of Charles II" I think it's called.  Read most of Plaidy's list in high school.  Remember liking them alot. 

Date Posted: 2/7/2010 7:34 PM ET
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I've read lots of Plaidy, but never the Charles II books. The more I look at the covers, I'm thinking that it's Robyn Carr's Bellerose Bargain.