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Subject: Old 70-90s Harlequin (Presents?)
Date Posted: 10/1/2009 7:38 PM ET
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What are your favorites? I'm going through a big pile I got from a friend's mother. :D

I like: Silence Speaks for Love, Lion of Darkness, Petals Drifting, Chasing a Green Shadow, 

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 7:40 PM ET
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I remember reading a few when I was younger..I also have some Harlequins on my shelf here at pbs..that a friend gave me~

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 5:50 AM ET
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I read mainly Harlequin Presents and Harlequin Romance during the 70's and 80's and began to branch out in the 90's but still read a lot of Harlequins.  There were so many good ones.  I think the ones that I reread the most are Charlotte Lamb and Alison Fraser.  With Charlotte Lamb the one word title books were especially good - Abduction, Illusion, Frustration, Obsession, Dangerous, Desire, etc.  Dark Master, Dark Pursuit, and An Excellent Wife were favorites too. 

Alison Fraser didn't write very many books but she put a lot into each one, and each one was different.  I guess my favorites would be The Price Of Freedom, Coming Home, Time to Let Go, His Mistress's Secret and Tainted Love.

Anne Weale was a favorite also.  Robyn Donald wrote some really good ones and some real stinkers.  Anne Mather the same. Carole Mortimer's A Lost Love is a big favorite.  And Fighting Lady and Bodycheck by Elizabeth Oldfield. I look at my keeper shelves for the series books and I could go on and on. But I won't !

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:25 AM ET
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I used to read some of Janet Dailey's - with a little luck, beware the stranger

the man at la valaise was a favorite!

taming of tamsin, hostage to dishonour - talk about those overbearing males!

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:00 PM ET
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I started reading Harlequins back in the 70's. I remember them being only $.60 back then and the Presents were a whopping $.75. 

My favorite authors were: Margaret Rome, Mary Burchell, Lilian Peake, Nerina Hillard, Flora Kidd,

Date Posted: 10/2/2009 9:13 PM ET
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I love a lot of the old HPs.  Looking at my keeper stack, I seem to have mostly Karen van der Zee, Penny Jordan (kind of awful, but I enjoy them), Charlotte Lamb, Sandra Field and a few one-offs by Catherine George, Vanessa James, Margaret Pargeter and Melinda Cross.

I think the late 80's - 90's were the Golden Age of HP - those books are a lot more open-minded and less sexist and potentially offensive, but not yet as uniform and generic as they became in the last 5-10 years.

And wasn't it nice when they had titles that actually meant something and covers that were connected to the story? Even though aesthetically they're kind of hideous.

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 2:19 AM ET
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Not sure what time period it came from but I've always remembered one I read a long time ago called "One Lavender Evening."

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 9:22 PM ET
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Haha - I've read some 70s ones that don't make a lot of sense to me for the story...

 

Chase a Green Shadow for instance - no clue

Petals Drifting - it's off-season for this touristy place so like early early spring not fall

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 9:28 PM ET
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That does sound like a very oblique title! Perhaps it was a quotation or reference to then popular culture we no longer get. But it's evocative and you remembered it, right?  Whereas it's very hard to remember one virgin mistress or billionaire shiekh from another.

Date Posted: 10/4/2009 1:14 AM ET
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Had a couple favorites - Anne Mather, Anne Hampson --- a couple of my favorites were Leopard in the Snow (mather), The Ivory Cane (Dailey), and An Eagle Swooped (Hampson)