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Subject: Suggestion for Good Clean Romance stories
Date Posted: 10/16/2010 12:56 AM ET
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I'm so tired of books with foul language and explicit sex.  I would love to hear a list of what your favorite good, clean romance books are. Please?

Thanks!



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Date Posted: 10/16/2010 11:03 AM ET
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Have you read any Georgette Heyer? They're funny in spots, too, witty. 

Mary Higgins Clark. A few of her characters have had or are having affairs but there's certainly no explicit sex. 

Check Amazon for Christian Fiction, and there's a Christian Book Recommendations forum here - if that fits your situation. http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/forum.php?f=84

Go back to the classics: Jane Austen, for example. Just because you hated it in 9th grade doesn't mean you'll hate it now. Tastes change. 

Mary Roberts Rinehart. 

Grace Livingston Hill. Many of her books are available to read on your computer, iPhone, whatever, as public domain, so they would even be free. http://manybooks.net/authors/hillgrac.html

Hope this helps! 



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Date Posted: 10/16/2010 2:19 PM ET
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The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton

Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See (the love story is not the primary theme, but it's definitely in there)

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 3:52 PM ET
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I just finished Fortunate Harbor by Emilie Richards.  Her books have some romance, some sex (but not graphic) but the main emphasis is on the relationships.  She has several series as well as stand alone books.

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 4:48 PM ET
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ohhh!  Thank you so much!!  Keep 'em comin'!

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 6:53 PM ET
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According to All About Romance website, the following authors are classified as Kisses Only: Betty Neels, Nicole Burnham, Lisa Wingate, and Donna Simpson.

The same website classifies these authors as Subtle, meaning that there are kisses and touches but no overt, descriptive sex.  Pamela Morsi, LaVyrle Spencer, Debbie Macomber, and Deborah Smith. Traditional Regency authors who tend to write books with "Subtle" sensuality include Patricia Oliver and Karen Harbaugh.

That ought to keep you busy for awhile! :-) 

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 12:14 AM ET
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No kidding!  This is a great site~!  I have read many of these authors and love them!

 

More suggestions?  Keep em' comin'!  I'm interested in anything you have!

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 11:59 AM ET
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Anything by Debbie Macomber.

Date Posted: 10/17/2010 9:05 PM ET
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I have really been enjoying the books of Mary Connealy.  I really find myself surprised that she writes so many interesting characters.  Her stories are not predictable.  People fall in love and 'do it', but no details.  Great kid characters and she has an interesting way of writing men characters who are imperfect and loveable.  She is an auto buy for me because the wish lists are so long.  She is considered a Christian author but I think anyone would appreciate her.

Date Posted: 10/18/2010 9:53 PM ET
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I just finished reading "A Countess Below Stairs." It was more of a Cinderella story than a romance, per se, but what Cinderella story can be without a prince? I found no objectionable content in it, other than the antagonists' views on eugenics.

Subject: Great Series
Date Posted: 10/20/2010 11:21 AM ET
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Virgin River series and Grace Valley series by Robin Carr.  Loved them both. 

Date Posted: 10/21/2010 10:51 AM ET
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I really like Cindy Miles. She writes very clean romance thats fairly light hearted.

This was one I enjoyed most

http://www.paperbackswap.com/Spirited-Away-Cindy-Miles/book/0451221451/

Subject: Elizabeth Cadell
Date Posted: 10/23/2010 11:06 AM ET
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I love anything by Elizabeth Cadell. She goes back a ways, but her stories have held up well. They are primarily romance, but with exotic locations, a little mystery, and a dash of humor. Great combination! 

Date Posted: 10/23/2010 5:20 PM ET
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Thanks for all these suggestions!  I have not heard of many of these authors!

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 11:15 AM ET
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I think you might also like Kingsolver's book Animal Dreams.  It is a romance and story about family.  I have recommended it to lots of teenagers because although there is a romance, and sex is mentioned but not explicit,  it is really about family.

Date Posted: 10/24/2010 9:11 PM ET
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if you don't mind 'faith based' the love inspired's are usually great;  personally I like the suspense - then you get a mystery w/ a clean romance.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 10:24 AM ET
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Oh!  I second Debbie Macomber - love hers.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 11:23 AM ET
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All Nicholas Sparks books....just finished his latest SAFE HAVEN and it was fantastic.

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 2:55 PM ET
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Karen White is great. She has about 6 or 7 novels out. All have a romance entertwined with the main story. Emily Giffin's novels are like that as well but a little more "chick-lit" like. John Shors is pretty clean and his novels all take place overseas (I recommend Beneathe a Marble Sky). Denise Hunter is a Christian author that also writes secular books so it's a clean story/romance but not too preachy. Check out her Nantuket love stories. Good luck!

Date Posted: 10/25/2010 7:35 PM ET
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Curtiss Ann Matlock

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Date Posted: 4/1/2011 6:32 PM ET
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Another faith based option is the O'Malley series by Dee Henderson.

Subject: Suggestion for Good Clean Romance stories
Date Posted: 4/1/2011 10:11 PM ET
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For those of you who have posted here, I just want you to know how much I appreciate your suggestions!

I want you know how much I am enjoying these books!!

Thank you!

AND, keep adding suggestions!

 I'm a fast reader!!  :)

Date Posted: 4/13/2011 10:52 PM ET
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I love the love inspired series.  There are suspense books, contemporary romance, and historical.  Also, Debra White Smith has some good stories.  I also enjoy Debbie Macomber.  Will have to try some of the others on this list. 

Date Posted: 4/14/2011 9:35 PM ET
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Sixteen Brides
Author: Stephanie Grace Whitson

this was a really, really good one.  I wished it was much, much longer.

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