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Subject: Ok I already asked this in the Love& Romance forum so thought I would try h
Date Posted: 3/30/2010 10:01 PM ET
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I am looking for what I call Historical Romantic Suspense set in Europe, aka Gothic Romance. My fav authors are Victoria Holt and her pseudonyms, Madeline Brent "yes I know she was a he"

Dorothy Eden, Bertrice Small the Skye O'Malley series. So if you gals can help me out and find me some more authors like these I would really appreciate it.I just love these sort of books. 

Thanks for your help

         Tabitha

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 9:39 AM ET
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I haven't read any gothics, but I do have some on my Goodreads shelf in the TBR. Catherine Darby's Moon Chalice series in set in 1600s England. Katheryn Kimbrough's Phenwick Women series is set in the southern U.S post-Civil War, though. But that's all I got in terms of historical...don't know if you've already checked them out and liked/didn't like...


Bertrice Small is sort of the odd-author-out in that group. Don't think much of her as being gothic or even close to it... ???

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 10:57 AM ET
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Best one I read recently (and one Karla didn't like, lol) is Green Darkness by Anya Seton.

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley is sorta gothic. She does great ghosts.

I highly recommend Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolick is gothic-like.

If you aren't offended by a homosexual theme, Edward, Edward by Lolah Burford is excellent. To a lesser extent, I enjoyed Gaywyck by Vincent Virga.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 11:19 AM ET
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I wouldn't call them gothic but Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels are excellent and I love her exotic locations, especially Greece.

I believe Susan Howatch wrote several books that are classified in that genre but I've not yet tried them.

Date Posted: 3/31/2010 11:22 AM ET
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Hi, yeah I really wasn't thinking when I added her to the list I think I added her

because I once asked on the Victoria Holt yahoo group what other authors

wrote kind of like Victoria and she was one of the authors they had said was 

similar just alot steamier. lol.So that is why she was on the list. I did like the

O'malley  books but really could not get into any of the others from her. Thanks

for the suggestion and please keep them coming. = ) ;)

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 9:52 AM ET
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Hey, hey, Genie! I haven't read Green Darkness yet! I might have said that my sister read it and didn't like it...

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:49 PM ET
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Uh oh. Sorry for the false accusation, Karla! Are we still friends? ;)

Date Posted: 4/1/2010 12:58 PM ET
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Hmmmm....maybe. ;)