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Subject: Looking for recs - Frontier/Western romances
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 2:49 PM ET
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In the last two months or so, I discovered Maggie Osborne and really enjoyed her style and the descriptions of life on the frontier and living in the western territories of 1800s America - farming, ranching, cattle-driving, etc. I've tried Lorraine Heath's Texas series, which I've also enjoyed, and LaVyrle Spencer, whose style I don't like as much. I was wondering: Are there other authors out there that I can try who has a style similar to Osborne's - the detailed descriptions of early American frontier/western life, the competent heroine who can handle all manner of hard work, the heart-warming romance while roughing it in the wilderness, and which of their books do you consider their best? Thanks for your help!

Edited: I also like the whole mail-order bride scenario. :P

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Date Posted: 11/7/2008 3:05 PM ET
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This one is good: Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson.  Long though.  Think "sweeping" - and lots of it:P

Two of my favorite westerns - aside from Maggie Osborne, who I adore - are Under the Desert Moon by Marsha Canham, and Bequest by Candice Proctor.  But think more Silverado type western.  Gunslingers & saloon girls type stuff vs. the farming, ranching, & cattle-driving aspects of American frontier life.  Both are great books and much easier to read than Williamson:P

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 3:18 PM ET
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Joan Johnston ........Apache Woman,  Texas Woman, and Frontier Woman about 3 sisters.

Linda Howard has a couple of westerns

Linda Lael Miller 

and another favorite Jodi Thomas

 edited to say I also love Candace Camp's  Rain Lily

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Date Posted: 11/7/2008 4:07 PM ET
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Jodi Thomas, Linda Lael Miller, Joan Johnston, Stacey Kayne, Janette Oke (if you like inspirational romance), Victoria Bylin has a few too.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 8:11 AM ET
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West of Heaven -Victoria Bylin

Mail order bride-Maureen McKade

Come Spring-Jill Marie Landis

Other good western/frontier authors to look for are : Mary Burton(the perfect wife/the unexpected wife), Carolyn Davidson, Cheryl St.John, Dorothy Garlock (Larkspur), Jodi Thomas ( the lottery wife series),Steph Ann Holm,Ruth Langan, Sara Orwig and  Jillian Hart.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 8:34 AM ET
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Dorothy Garlock!  She is great with historical westerns!

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 10:02 AM ET
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This is one of my favorite genre's too. Maggie Osborne and Lorraine Heath are some of my favorites.

Anything by Carolyn Davidson is usually really good. I recently read and enjoyed Homespun Bride (mail-order bride story) and Redemption (the hero is crippled and in a wheelchair).

Catherine Anderson has some great one's too. Annie's Song is about a deaf woman her family and town mistook for being simple-minded. Cherish is about a woman who is the sole survivor of an an outlaw attack, and rescued by the hero (this one has a great ending that will have you cheering). I pick up anything by Catherine Anderson I come across. She writes both contemporary and historical westerns.

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 8:10 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone for their recs. I've added quite a few books to my reminder list.

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 11:42 AM ET
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Don't miss Penelope Williamson either.  THE OUTSIDER and HEART OF THE WEST are among my favorite in this subgenre.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 6:17 AM ET
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Norah Hess, seems like thats all she ever wrote.  Although, to be honest, only 1-2 of her books I could admit to liking,  and could barely read the others.  Her more recent stuff  I can't even finish LOL..... but they're easy reads and her earlier work seems to be gritty, earthy and if you like jealous hero's she's good with that... 

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 8:56 AM ET
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This is only my opinion............but Norah Hess is horrible. I won't ever read any of her books again!

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Hands down! I like Leigh Greenwood books best! The Cowboys series were fantastic and I keep hoping he'll finish the Night Riders series.

Date Posted: 11/12/2008 2:14 PM ET
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I noticed that several posters here like Joan Johnston... IMHO, her crisis resolutions are frequently too sudden, too incredible (it's a miracle! on the 2nd to the last page of the book).

I highly recommend Linda Lael Miller

McKettrick series:

  1. High Country Bride
  2. Shotgun Bride
  3. Secondhand Bride
  4. McKettrick's Choice
    (McKettrick series continues with contemporary stories and builds a relationship between McKettricks and
    the Stone Creek series

Stone Creek series:

  1. The Man from Stone Creek
  2. A Wanted Man
  3. The Rustler

The Orphan Train series:

  1. Lily and the Major
  2. Emma and the Outlaw
  3. Caroline and the Raider

If you'd like a some hot, steamy love scenes in your historicals, try Sarah McCarty's Promises series (Promises Linger, Promises Keep, Promises Prevail, Promises Reveal); and Stacey Kayne's Mustang Wild and Maverick Wild.




Date Posted: 11/12/2008 2:41 PM ET
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I like Sarah McCarty but she writes erotica so be warned. I've read the Promises series and loved them - they were close to 400 pages so a lot of story with the sex and characters appear in the later books . Promises Reveal is the 4th booka nd with a different publisher instead of ellora's cave and all the characters show up in that one- probably more than in the previous books. I have 2 others from Spice in my TBR that are also historical westerns. Mac's Law I think is the contemporary western then she started with teh paranormal stuff that I haven't read yet.

I liked Stacey Kayne's mustang wild and maverick wild from harlequin.

have jodi thomas in my tbr...

Date Posted: 11/13/2008 4:58 AM ET
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Thanks so much, everyone, for your input!

Date Posted: 11/14/2008 11:44 AM ET
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