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Subject: Dana Fuller Ross - American Frontier Series
Date Posted: 1/13/2010 1:11 PM ET
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I have seen alot of Dana Fuller Ross' books from the American Frontier Series(Texas! or Arizona! for example) listed as romances or in lots of romances.  My dad has the whole set and has them because he loves westerns so I could easily swipe them from him.  My question to you ladies is - are these romance novels?  I'm guessing not all out and out romance but is there some in there?  Have any of you read them?

Date Posted: 1/17/2010 9:49 AM ET
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One of his pen names is Noel Gerson and I've read a couple of those books years and years ago (they were published in the 1950s & 1960s) and I read them in the 1970s.

Ross was  a long-time author but I don't think they can be considered romance as we think of them. There may be incidental 'romance' in his books, as in many straight historicals, but I wouldn't consider them historicals romances in any way. I like western hist/roms but not particularly straight westerns or western historicals if that makes any sense so I was never tempted to read the Wagons West series.

Gail

Date Posted: 1/18/2010 2:30 PM ET
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My dad has given me all the books!  :)  So I'm going to have to read them now.  I've never read any westerns so far but I love historicals so I think I will enjoy them.  I'll let you guys know if you should bother with them once I finally get the TRB under control and make my way into this huge series.

Tina D. (tinad) - ,
Date Posted: 1/18/2010 4:47 PM ET
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I read most of that series a number of years ago and I would describe them as historical romance to a degree - there are on going relationships througout the whole series (kind of like a family saga) in addition to what life was like on a wagon train and then building new lives in the west in new places.

I wouldn't consider them a straight western (like a Louis L'Amour) at all.  I really enjoyed the series.  In fact, I found about 18-20 of them that I think I may re-read.

Tina

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 7:33 AM ET
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Thanks Tina - that is kinda what I thought they would be like.  I know my dad (and several of the reviews) said that once you start reading them you get hooked and find yourself having to finish the whole series!  So I'll have to clear a good chunk of time for them.