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Subject: Good Classics
Date Posted: 5/22/2008 3:21 PM ET
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My niece and daughter are great readers and are interested in either romance, historical romance, and classics.                                                Anybody with ideas please help!

Date Posted: 5/25/2008 11:00 AM ET
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Have them look into the books by Georgette Heyer and Dorothy L. Sayers. I LOVED these books of the regency period when I was 12-17 years old. Georgette Heyer's book "These Old Shades" was my absolute favorite. They might also like the Poldark Series by Winston Graham. These books are set in Cornwall in the late 18th century. The first one is "Ross Poldark". I probably read all the books in this series half a dozen times before I got out of high school.
Date Posted: 5/26/2008 2:25 AM ET
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Date Posted: 5/26/2008 6:50 PM ET
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Thank you very much

 

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 12:05 AM ET
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have they read little women, and the rest of that series yet?

Date Posted: 5/31/2008 5:09 PM ET
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yes but thank you for the thought

 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 5:55 PM ET
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How about Tess of the D'Ubervilles?  I was alittle reluctant to give it a chance myself, thinking it was going to be a stuffy boring "classic", but I loved it!!  I was so surprised by it and so glad I gave it a go. 

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 6:31 PM ET
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Thank you! I'll have to get them to try it.

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 8:59 AM ET
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These aren't classics,  but how about The Luxe by Anna Godbersen, or the Gemma Doyle trilogy by Libba Bray?

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 3:16 PM ET
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Would love to give suggestions, but ages would help greatly.

Date Posted: 6/11/2008 3:21 PM ET
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ummm about 13-15

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 1:11 PM ET
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You might want to look into Rebecca by Daphne DuMurier.  (I think I spelled her name right.)  Its got a nice gothic feel to it too. 

Date Posted: 6/12/2008 3:17 PM ET
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ok thank you

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 1:58 AM ET
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Vogit's Homecoming series was (still is) one of my favorites.  Not romance but in the beginning she's 13 so they might relate.  Another favorite (again still) is the Anne of Green Gables series, classics and as you go through the books some romance. 

I assume they've read the sisterhood of the traveling pants and the Princes Diaries books.  If not those are great ones and a little more modern.

Date Posted: 6/24/2008 8:29 PM ET
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The 15-year-old is not too young for Mary Johnston's To Have and To Hold, a romance about an English king's ward who joins a shipload of 'brides' sailing for the Jamestown Colony, in her desperate attempt to avoid marriage to the odious Lord Carnal.  But when she is still alive when the ship arrives at Jamestown, well . . . 

The other romance is set  in the recent past in England, and is about how love flowers between a young girl and the ghost of a man who was killed in an accident.  It's Tryst, by Elswyth Thane.

And (not a romance) there's Charles Portis' True Grit, with a 14-year-old girl as the heroine, bent on vengeance for a murder in "the Old West".  In this, she is aided by the one-eyed codger called Rooster Cogburn, a character  in the film version of this book, made memorable by actor John Wayne.



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Date Posted: 6/25/2008 5:14 PM ET
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oh thank you very much. I shall have to get them to try it!

 

Date Posted: 7/7/2008 11:05 PM ET
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For historical romance, I enjoy Ann Rinaldi.  They're suitable for, maybe, 12 and up?  Also, I like Janette Oke a lot.  Those are quite Christian, though. :)