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Subject: Romance era's you'd like to see more of...,
Date Posted: 12/5/2008 10:32 PM ET
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I'm suprised there aren't more books that take place in the roaring 20's (Flappers!) and the 1940's (WWII).  I would love to read some in that era. 

Last year I read Anne Perry's WWI series.  They weren't romance but I would love to read some from that era as well.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 10:41 PM ET
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I'd like to see more in the Ancient Past Like before 0 AD. In maybe Egypy, Rome Persia, etc.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:06 PM ET
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I'd like to see some new (non-PG) gothic romance.

Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:07 PM ET
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I like Victorians.  Such a nice change from regencies, IMO.  1900 or within 10 years either way.  And I'm liking the pre-Revolutionary War period that Pamela Clare is writing in too. 

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 12:50 AM ET
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The 20s could definitely be interesting. I wonder if the time period has such a reputation for "serious literature" (Fitzgerald, and such) that it scares off romance writers?

I enjoy Old New York stories.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 7:50 AM ET
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I'd love to see some late 1950's- early 1960's- I love Mary Stewart's romantic suspense, but those were actually written then. I'd like to read someone's take on that era now.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 9:26 AM ET
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Mary said:  I'm suprised there aren't more books that take place in the roaring 20's (Flappers!) and the 1940's (WWII).  I would love to read some in that era.  Last year I read Anne Perry's WWI series.  They weren't romance but I would love to read some from that era as well.

Mary -- I agree with you on those era's.  You would think it would be a great back drop and more authors would use that time period. -- the whole man goes off to war thing.............

Actually, LaVyrle Spencer did great with  Morning Glory.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 11:26 AM ET
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Yeah the 20's with the gangsters and such.  Not saying I'd want the hero to be a mobster.  Maybe an undercover Gman rescuing the flapper from the obsessed mobster. Something like that.  Maybe the hero is an emotianlly scarred WWI vet.  I wish I had some writing talent. 

I forgot to mention: I'm not sure what era this technically is: but I'd love to see more historicals set it like New York or Philadelphia like The End of Innocence. They always seem to be set in the old West or Regency England. I've read a few Victorian ones.   Duchess on the Run by Christa Fairchild was kind of refreshing. If was kind of a Western. But not really.  It took place during WWI.  I loved the old fashioned ideals coliding with modern progess of telephones, cars and picture shows being more accessable to the general public.

Then in the 40's the heroine nursing the inwardly and outwardly wounded souldier. There's certainly alot of Napoleonic War heroes being heeled.  What about the 1940's GI.  Or warbride romances.  I did find a couple books by Morag McKendrick Pippin that take place during WWII.  I haven't read them yet though.



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Date Posted: 12/6/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I'd also like to see more romance novels involving vetrans of more current wars. I read a Sandra Brown book a while ago where the hero was a Vietnam vetran and I thought I'd like to read more like that.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 2:01 PM ET
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I love the 20s, and I would love more books set there. Also ancient Egypt is another one I would love.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 3:18 PM ET
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Mary,

"I forgot to mention: I'm not sure what era this technically is: but I'd love to see more historicals set it like New York or Philadelphia like The End of Innocence. They always seem to be set in the old West or Regency England. I've read a few Victorian ones."

That is technically Victorian, or during the Victorian Era - in the United States.  The Age of Innocence (1920) is set in the 1870's.  The Victorian Era ran from 1837-1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria, followed by the Edwardian Period, which ran from 1901 to 1910.  Regency Era generally means 1790-1820, and the Georgian Era spans the reign of four kings - George I, II, III, and IV; from 1714 to 1830, and encompasses the regency period as well.  They are confusing to me too because they're based on the reigns of British monarchy, and Edith Wharton's more famous books primarily focus on turn of the century New York high society, but I don't know how else you'd classify them.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 7:29 PM ET
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I too would love to see more 20's era romances.  Some WW 1 and 2 romances.  I'm loving Pamela Clare's pre-Revolutionary War romances.  I'd also like to see some 60s era war romances, maybe even set in Vietnam between servicepeople. 

 

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 8:05 PM ET
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I enjoy Old New York stories.

This isn't romance, but have you read Pete Hamill's Forever? It was written before that TV show New Amsterdam (which is incredibly similar although the TV producer swears he had not heard of Forever...) - the main character of Forever is Irish, 18th century, and makes it to America as a child - he is gifted with immortality as long as he does not leave the island of Manhattan. So you get a great history of New York while he lives there and sees it all. I recommend it as paranormal/historical fiction.

Date Posted: 12/6/2008 9:48 PM ET
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the only romance book i've read for world War II is The Princess by Jude deveraux. it's a great read!

which reminds me... I need to post it.

 

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 12:02 AM ET
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I have a 1930's romance called Blood Moon Over Britain by Morag McKendrick Pippin.  There's another one called Blood Moon Over Bengal. I haven't read them yet. 

I read one Dorothy Garlock book that took place during the Depression and for the life of me I can't remember the name.  I want to say the heroine new in town and the nurse to the local Dr.  The hero is a struggling farmer if I remember right.  His brother is a baseball player. 

Date Posted: 12/7/2008 4:50 AM ET
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I would like to read more books that are where the female pursues the man. In all my book reading years I have read ONE like that - can't think of the name of it right now but it's somewhere on my shelves - and not leaving here!

If you know of any like that, I do BOB. :)

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 9:33 PM ET
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I would like to read more romances set during the Edwardian era. That was such a fascinating era...all the new technologies, the social changes, the class differences of the Gilded Age, the changes brought about by the advent of World War I...lots of stuff that would make for great novels. Shirl Henke wrote one, and it's one of my favorites of her books, but I'd like to see more.

I would also like to see more romances set in the 1960's. I've read a few (and I think I've got some on my bookshelf that were actually written during that time period), but I would also like to see a "hindsight" perspective on that era.

Date Posted: 12/12/2008 10:01 PM ET
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What about the Harlem Renaissance?

Date Posted: 12/28/2008 10:43 PM ET
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I would love a more specific recommendation on the pre-Revolutionary War books of Pamela Clare.  What is the best one to start with?

Thanks.

I always have to edit for spelling, damn it!



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Date Posted: 12/28/2008 11:43 PM ET
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She has two series' going there with the pre-Revolutionary War historicals: the MacKinnon's Rangers Series - thus far Surrender & Untamed (in that order), and a third as yet unamed book.  I've read the first two and they're very good.  The other series is the Blakewell/Kenleigh trilogy, which is Sweet Release, Carnal Gift, and Ride the Fire - again, in that order.  I've only read Ride the Fire, and it was very good as well, but I'd caution anyone who is glomming Pamela Clare's historicals to space them out.  They're all pretty similar.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 3:16 AM ET
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I would love to see more pre- C.E. books and also more books set in the 20th century. I wasn't born until '83, so anything prior to my birth sounds fun to me.^^ I'd also love to see some different geographical settings for historical romances. Such as China, Japan, Persia, Australia, Mexico even Plantation-era South U.S or Pioneer-era East coast U.S. would be fine with me. I'm just so sick of the England/Scotland/Wild West U. S. setting.

The few times I've found books that claim to be set in China or Africa turn out to be a first meeting (usually between "white people") that later moves to England or the U.S. I think it's time for more variety in the romance market.



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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 8:43 PM ET
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Moonfire and Angelfire by Linda Lael Miller take place in 19th century New Zealand and Australia.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 9:23 PM ET
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I'm definitely for ancient civilizations - persia, egypt, romans, greeks, chinese, sumerians, babylonian, ottoman, etc.