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Subject: Your *one* favorite book
Date Posted: 4/17/2008 6:57 AM ET
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Ok, it's my birthday (37, wow!) and I want to treat myself to some new books just for me - not my son, not my mom, not my hubby - and not wait around for a deal on them like I normally do.

So, since I think you all have such great taste in books, recommend your all-time favorite to me.  I have a section on my bookshelf that I can go to for a great read anytime, but it's been awhile since I added any new "keepers" to it.

I like all genres of romance, and have already read "Outlander" (so if that is your #1, give me your #2 :)

Thanks for your help,


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 8:23 AM ET
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Oh, do I have to give only one?  Okay -- I really loved See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 8:33 AM ET
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My immediate thought was Dune by Frank Herbert then I realized you wanted a romance. :)  The romance that comes to mind is a Julie Garwood title - The Lyon's Lady (it was a toss up between that and Guardian Angel by the same author).  It's a historical but a different type of heroine - a woman who can stand on her own.  It just makes me smile.


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 8:37 AM ET
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I'd say Outlander, then The Last Arrow (Canham) and Flowers from the Storm (Kinsale).  Also Devil in Winter (Kleypas), Thunder & Roses (Putney).  There are so many great ones!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 9:25 AM ET
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Well, i guess it depends on the romance sub genre you enjoy most. Mine would be " Years" by LaVyrle Spencer

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 11:10 AM ET
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Happy birthday to you!  This isn't fair, but I'd count the whole of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series as one and read them back to back (which I've done)!

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 11:23 AM ET
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Happy Birthday.!!!!

My favorite romance that I constantly go back to is 'Whitney My Love' by Judith McNaught. I just love it.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 12:08 PM ET
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Celebrate & Have Fun!!!

I loved Welcome to Tempatation by Jennifer Crusie.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 12:27 PM ET
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Outlaw's Embrace by Francine Rivers. Beautiful story.  I posted mine because it was WL and thanks to Eileen it has made it's way back to me.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 1:17 PM ET
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Well absolute favorite book of all time would be A Tree Grows in Brooklyn but if we're talking romance then it's a toss up between Tender Rebel by Johanna Lindsey, My Wicked Enchantress by Meagan McKinney, The Secret by Julie Garwood and Angel of Skye by May McGoldrick.  All four have characters that have won me over and that I will reread just to visit them again.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 1:24 PM ET
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Hands down, no doubt about it . . . . . GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell     :-)

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 5:33 PM ET
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I 2nd you on Outlander!  My next favorite is Ransom by Julie Garwood.  I read it at least once a year!


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 6:13 PM ET
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Ashes in the Wind - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

I can read this book over and over again.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Since it wouldn't be fair to tell you my favourite (Rising Tides by Nora Robert, since its book 2 of 4) I will tell you Heart of the Night by Barbara Delinsky.  I just reread this one a few weeks ago.


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 6:48 PM ET
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My all time favorite is Saving Grace by Julie Garwood.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:35 PM ET
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Wow, great recs!  I have some of these already, but have ordered 10 new ones so far!  I have lots of credits, so feel free to keep them coming :)


Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:39 PM ET
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The Wedding by Julie Garwood, although you may want to read The Bride first which was just as good... Another that is a fave of mine is Envy by Sandra Brown (suspense). I cna't give you just one, that's for sure. And yes, I loved Outlander, too, but I'm not sure I'd be able to read it again and again:)

Ya know, looking back on the other posts, you might as well order all of Julie Garwood's historical books, they're all great, I loved The Secret, too:)

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Date Posted: 4/17/2008 7:51 PM ET
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I am with Sherri, Ramson by Julie Garwood is a absolut fav!!!  Than I would have to say White Heat by Sandra Brown, Blaze by Joann Ross and Angel by Joanne Lindsey.

There are so many others but they are all on my Keeper Shelf, along with all the Stephaine Plum books.

Date Posted: 4/17/2008 11:13 PM ET
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Kat-Since you now live on the Eastern Shore, you should read Nora Roberts' Chesapeake series (if you haven't already)--Seaswept, Rising Tides, Inner Harbor, and Chesapeake Blue. I get a little nostalgic when I read them and they're on my keeper shelf. :)

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:01 AM ET
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My favorite is The Time-Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, it just had such an impact on me and is so original.

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:12 AM ET
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Two of my favorites are Suzanne Enoch's London's Perfect Scoundrel and Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter. But to be fair, they are both part of series. Also, anything by Laura Kinsale, Marsha Canham, and Loretta Chase.

Happy Birthday!

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 4:15 AM ET
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Happy Birthday!  I'd add a recommend for a  new author to  my alltime favoirte list - The Spymaster's Lady by Joanna Bourne, greate book. 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:25 PM ET
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Happy Birthday!

My vote is for Ransom by Julie Garwood as well.  This was the first historical romance I ever read, and I read it every year.  Just gotta love a woman who has a lot of strength of character and can stand up to a big brute of a Highlander (a very sexy Highlander at that).  Of course I love any of Garwood's historicals! 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 2:48 PM ET
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It's hard to choose just one, but the book I put number one on the AAR poll was Sharon Shin's Angelica.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 10:21 AM ET
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2 of my all time favorite books were already mentioned  (YEARS by Spencer, OUTLAW EMBRACE by Francine)

The one i I go back to besides the above two  is ANOTHER DAWN BY SANDRA BROWN(even though it's the 2nd of 2 books series it stands alone in my opinion ans explains  things nicely , so you don't feel like you missed anything)

honorable mention:

THE OUTSIDER BY Penelope williams


COME SPRING BY Jill Marie Landis

APACHE FLAME BY Janis Reams Hudson

DEFIANT BY Patricia Potter