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Subject: Quality Historical Romance
Date Posted: 3/1/2014 6:07 PM ET
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I'm in the mood for historical romance a la Roberta Gellis or early Elizabeth Chadwick. I don't like sappy and I prefer an accurate historical backdrop or realistic portrayal of actual historical figures. Any recommendations?

I've read Gellis and Chadwick as well as Sharon Kay Penman (to the extent she could be classified as such).

Date Posted: 3/1/2014 7:22 PM ET
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Emma Drummond? Start with Scarlet Shadows or Forget the Glory. Both Crimean war. Or Cynthia Harrod Eagles' kirov trilogy. Anna, Fleur and Emily. Strong blend of romance and historical setting. I shall ponder some more.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 10:42 AM ET
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Thanks, Cathy. I picked up Scarlet Shadows and I'll try it before I buy any more. I couldn't find Anna at a decent price, but I'll check the library. When I looked for similar authors on Amazon, I also found Zemindar, which you had given a rave review, so I bought that as well. And it reminded me of Olivia and Jai, which I bought a few years ago based on one of your reviews, but I haven't read it yet.

If you all have any other recommendations, I'm interested. Thanks!

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:33 AM ET
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I was going to pop back in and mention Zemindar and O & J. There's also Pamela Belle's Wintercombe and Heron series set in civil war/restoration period. Perhaps more saga-y, but still with a strong romance and historical is The Proud Breed by Celeste de Basis.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 11:34 AM ET
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PS, libraries still have Drummond's books around, and I know I got Anna and the other two via lib. Don't forget to try ILL.

Date Posted: 3/2/2014 4:47 PM ET
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Thanks again, Cathy. I also found a list at GR called Best Out of Print Books, which contains a number of medieval romances - my preferred time period. Anthoo, as I was going thru the list, I noticed you had written a number of the reviews, so I picked up some more leads.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 1:26 PM ET
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Of course there's the historical romance to end all historical romances - Diana Gabaldon's Outlander.

Date Posted: 3/4/2014 1:37 PM ET
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Genie, have you looked at Elizabeth Stuart? She's got a couple set in Scotland that are very good, but also one set in Wales around Edward Longshank's reign. Where Love Dwells.

Date Posted: 3/5/2014 7:50 AM ET
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Cathy, I'm going to try one of Stuart's. I have never heard of her. Thanks much.

Clarinda, I have to agree with your recommendation. I'm a fan of Outlander and I'm looking forward to the next installment.

Date Posted: 4/5/2014 12:22 AM ET
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I second Elizabeth Stuart and add Marsha Canham's Pride of Lions, Blood of Roses and Midnight Honor.  English/Scottish Wars for Independence.  She's got a Robin Hood trilogy too, if you're up for "takes" on Robin Hood.  But it's not so good that I'd recommend it for someone not particularly interested in Robin Hood.