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Subject: Historical Romance - Scotland - What is your favorite?
Date Posted: 11/14/2009 11:24 AM ET
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My sister in law has really gotten into historical romances with a setting in Scotland....  Can you guys tell me what your favorites of this type were?  That way I can recommend books to her.... She really likes the ones where they write the Scot speaking with a brogue...

Thanks!
Amy

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 12:12 PM ET
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Outlander

Outlander

Outlander

 

Oh, it's by Diana Gabaldon

 

:)

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 12:49 PM ET
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As much as I love Scots, books set in Scotland are almost never my favs.  I'd recommend some of Karen Ranney's newer ones, just tell her to avoid The Scottish Companion like the plague:P  It's a stinker.  As for brogues... incredibly sexy to hear one coming from the mouth of a gorgeous man, but in print?  BLEH.  I despise seeing them written.  Pretty much always.  It totally knocks me out of the story.  I can't get immersed in something where I'm sitting there trying to imagine a hero actually speaking these words & how they sound.  Much better, IMO, to imagine a notoriously hot Scot like Gerry Butler, Ewan McGregor, or Dougray Scot in that role - or if you're into young, baby-faced & adorable, James McAvoy is certainly inspiring material to work with:P

And now that I think about it, I think a brogue is more meant to describe an Irish accent, where a Scottish accent is usually referred to as a "burr".  I'm not sure if that's exclusively the case, but I believe that's correct.



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Date Posted: 11/14/2009 1:32 PM ET
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I am also a huge lover of Scottish Historicals.  Loved Julie Garwood's Ransom, The Secret, The Bride, and The Wedding, just to name a few.  I also Loved Shannon Drake's Scottish Historical's such as her Graham series.  There are so many more I just can't think of right now.   I have Outlander sitting on my TBR shelf and just haven't started it yet, though everyone says it is a great series, so I may start that next.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 1:40 PM ET
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Julie Garwood is great. The Bride, The Wedding, The Secret, and Ransom are some great titles of hers.

 

ETA: Oh I see Erika had the exact same thoughts as me on this one :P



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Date Posted: 11/14/2009 7:25 PM ET
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Monica McCarty, Kresley Cole (she wrote some historicals before she went paranormal), Julie Garwood.

Janet Chapman has  a wonderful series about a group of midievil Highlanders get transported to modern day America.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 8:40 PM ET
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I think Karen Marie Moning's fit...they're paranormal though but pretty good, esp after the first 2 when a main storyline picks up.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I'd go for the Kresley Cole historicals, the trilogy that starts with If You Dare. I like the accent books too and those are really good. (Except I didn't like the second one.)

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:18 PM ET
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BTW, my husband does the sexiest Scottish accent! Remind me never to introduce him to your sister. ;-)

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 9:19 PM ET
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Just an FYI about the Garwood books. She doesn't write her Scottish characters speaking with a "brogue" or "burr". I think it's inferred that the characters are  speaking  Gaelic most of the time. I did  enjoy the books that  were suggested by her but if the accent is a requirement she may be disappointed.

I enjoyed Karen Marie Moning's books too.

Date Posted: 11/14/2009 11:51 PM ET
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 SUSAN KING  -- especially Laird of the Wind, The Stone Maiden, Lady Miracle

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 12:35 AM ET
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OK, I second what Sharron said:

Outlander

Outlander

Outlander

Probably the best Scotland romance books I have ever read, of course I was much younger when I read the Outlander series and was kind of shocked and saddened at what happened in the story. But I also remember enjoying Island of the Swans by Ciji Ware.  It was pretty good.

These days, I usually get my Scottish Brogue fix by watching Craig Ferguson on late night television.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 9:36 AM ET
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Backing up the praise for Outlander and also Ransom!

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 10:03 AM ET
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I was on a Scottish romance kick for a while, and I have a lot of it on my bookshelf.  My favorites were Shannon Drake's Graham series and Julie Garwood's. 

But Outlander is on another level altogether.  While it has a strong romantic element to it, it's far more than that.  You don't usually find that series in the romance section of bookstores.

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Oh  Outlander..   I have been listening to this on CD love it!

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 3:21 PM ET
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2nd the Susan King rec.  Like her alot.  She uses a couple of other names as well.  Sarah Gabriel-Stealing Sophie, Keeping Kate and a Scottish/Fairy series that's relatively new.  When she writes historical fiction-it's Susan Frasier King too. 

 

Elizabeth Stuart and Kimberly Cates(before she moved to woman's fiction) are a couple from years ago that I still have on my keeper shelf. 

 

Patricia Veryan has a series of trad Regencies that are set directly after Culloden although most of the heros/heroines are English rather than Scots.  "Golden Cronicles" is the title of that series. 

Subject: Thanks for all the recommendations!
Date Posted: 11/16/2009 11:51 AM ET
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Thanks everyone!

Willa- my sister is actually my sister-in-law... she's happily married... (to my brother)... no worries.... LOL

The "burr" or "brogue" is not a requirement, she just likes those a little better... I think what she probably likes is that a lot of these stories are arrogant men who are really big teddy bears inside & the woman always seems to "please" the man with her own ability to stand up to him...that type of deal... and the descriptions of the beauty in Scotland, the "klan" stories, etc.

I read Ransom (Julie Garwood) myself... and I'm reading "The Prize" now..... I like her too...   I will definately recommend "Outlander" to her, since everyone seems to be singing its praises!  :-) 

Neither she or I are either one into modern romances...... but, she likes some of what I guess you'd call paranormal stuff (vampires and such) so I'll pass on all these suggestions.  Thanks again everyone!!!

Amy

Date Posted: 11/16/2009 4:53 PM ET
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Lady of the Glen - Jennifer Roberson - great love story - between two people whose clans are not friendly 

The Scotsman - Julianna Garnett - a kidnapped-for-revenge heroine; turns-into-love story

Forever My Love - Rebecca Brandywyne - set in 1480's/1490's Scotland - a man and woman from warring clans fall in love (very early '80's style historical with lots of action & violence) 

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 1:53 PM ET
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Outlander hands down; nothing else even comes close.  It's historical/time travel though.

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 2:52 PM ET
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Sara Bennet has a highlander story... can't remember the title, but it's something really obvious. Not great, but an okay read for those who like that sort of thing. And of course Hannah Howell has a gazillion Highlander stories. They all tend to run together but I liked Highland Vow, Highland Bride, Highland Knight and Reckless.

Subject: Re: Outlander
Date Posted: 11/17/2009 6:45 PM ET
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I'm guessing the Outlander books are so good, that no one wants to part with them lol....


I searched for them and there weren't any on PBS...  I had to google them to find any information about them, and still didn't find descriptions of the plot, etc.  :-(

You guys have me interested enough to try and find them now...

Date Posted: 11/17/2009 10:33 PM ET
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for paranormal kerrelyn sparks has a series and a couple of the vampires are scottish! they wear kilts!



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