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Subject: Need a good love story....
Date Posted: 10/7/2008 1:46 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend a really good love story? Doesn't have to be steamy. Just something to make me believe in love again. (Feeling a bit cynical. Can you tell?)

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 2:58 PM ET
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Aww Do you wnat a historical or contemporary?


Date Posted: 10/7/2008 3:41 PM ET
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The wedding or the Notebook by Nicholas Sparks are the first two that come to mind.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 4:25 PM ET
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Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers.  Have some tissues handy.  A great love conquers all story.

If you're looking for some humor: The Damsel in This Dress by Marianne Stillings.  Great love story, lots of witty dialogue and a mystery. 

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 4:49 PM ET
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Doesn't matter whether historical or not. I've actually already read the Notebook and The Wedding. That's exactly along the lines of what I'm looking for.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 6:07 PM ET
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Virgin River by Robyn Carr.  Definitely a "believe in love again" story.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 6:22 PM ET
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Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas or Sam's Letters to Jennifer, both by James Patterson.  They're very similar to Nicholas Sparks' books, and they're wonderful love stories!

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 7:43 PM ET
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This is going to sound like an odd recommendation, as this book is far from a typical romance, but I'm going to recommend The Bachelor's Cat: A Love Story by L.F. Hoffman.    Seriously, this is my main go-to book when I need to be reminded of the power of love.   And it's short - easily read in one night.   Read the Amazon reviews and you'll see that I'll not the only one who feels this way about this book.  It helps if you are a cat lover, but you don't have to be to love the book.

Some of my other favorite "true love" books are:  A Knight in Shining Armor  by Jude Devereaux and Spirited Away by Cindy Miles.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 8:48 PM ET
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My Beloved by Karen Ranney.  It's a medieval & very good.  You'll need a supply of hankies for it too.

Date Posted: 10/7/2008 9:07 PM ET
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My go-to love story is an old (very old) series romance called Silver Love by Hayton Monteith (sp?)  It was published in 1987, but doesn't really have all that much in it that dates it.  The hero is the rich company exec, with some issues (he actually reminds me of a tamer version or Roarke from JD Robb's books) and the herione is a quirky red head who's had a ton of jobs and is on the run.  Of course, love conquers all and the characters are just great.  Not sure if the book is still available here, but if it is, you might want to check it out.

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 2:14 AM ET
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I really liked Girl's Night by Stef Ann Holm. Pink Moon by her is good too. Both are kind of "second chance at love" stories

Date Posted: 10/8/2008 7:14 AM ET
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I would highly suggest Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.  It one of my favorites. 


Date Posted: 10/8/2008 9:03 AM ET
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I totally second Morning Glory!!

Date Posted: 10/17/2008 8:49 PM ET
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My favorite Lavyrle Spencer book is Separate Beds. It's a really sweet love story.
Date Posted: 10/17/2008 9:28 PM ET
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I have to weigh in with another vote for LaVyrle Spencer's Morning Glory - what a wonderful, wonderful story! And have tissues ready for the middle where he writes her from the south Pacific during WWII. Sigh, it's such a beautiful love story.

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Date Posted: 10/18/2008 6:32 PM ET
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I just finished Morning Glory 3 days ago and just have to say WOW!!! I picked it up on the recomendations of the ladies here and it has to be one of the best books of all time.

Date Posted: 10/18/2008 10:39 PM ET
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Simply Love by Mary Balogh.

Because it's two wounded people in body and soul and made me cry and believe love can conquer all.

Date Posted: 10/19/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Anything by Debbie MAcomber is GREAT

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 2:20 PM ET
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Got some time?  Read The Bronze Horseman by Paulinna Simons.  It is a love story of epic proportions.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 9:57 AM ET
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Got some time?  Read The Bronze Horseman by Paulinna Simons.  It is a love story of epic proportions.

I second your recommendation.  I loved this story.  Get the hankies out first.

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 1:25 PM ET
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Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

Lord of Fire by Gaelen Foley

The Pretender by Celeste Bradley

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 1:30 PM ET
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I second Outlander!