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Subject: Any suggestions please?
Date Posted: 12/4/2009 8:45 PM ET
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I am kind of new to HF and would appreciate any suggestions for books similar to my favorites. I loved The  Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber.  Also love The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I enjoy the victorian time period or 1800-1900 England.  I also enjoy Gone with the Wind southern bell type history but not particularly war books. I would greatly appreciate any and all suggestions. Thank you!


Date Posted: 12/5/2009 9:16 AM ET
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Hi Ammie,

Welcome to the best genre ever :) 

A few suggestions for you:  Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, anything at all by Jean Plaidy or Sharon Kay Penman.

For civil war era I recommend Someone Knows my Name by Lawrence Hill and Roots and Queen by Alex Haley

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 11:40 AM ET
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If you liked Pillars of the Earth, you will probably like World Without End by Ken Follett. It is kinda like part two. Same town, same cathedral, 200 yrs later.

Date Posted: 12/5/2009 2:00 PM ET
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I would love to read Forever Amber again.  I see there are none available on PBS.:/

An old favorite of mine is "Frenchman's Creek" by Daphne du Maurier.  It's up for a reread on my alpha challenge list. 

And anything by Anya Seton.  Her "Dragonwyck" is a Victorian Gothic romance.

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Date Posted: 12/5/2009 5:48 PM ET
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Welcome, Aimee! I second the recommendation for Sharon Kay Penman books. I also think you'll enjoy Forever Amber. It's been reprinted, so there should be copies available at used bookstores.

Although it starts much earlier than the Victorian era, you may enjoy the Morland Dynasty series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. There are about 30 books in the series. It spans from Richard III to present day (or close to it).

There's civil war series called Windhaven. I've never read it, but I think it's civil war. I think there are about 8 books in the series. It looks good.

Date Posted: 12/6/2009 5:17 PM ET
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Since you liked The Crimson Petal and the White and are interested in 19th century England, try:

The Dress Lodger by Sheri Holman (story about a 15-year-old prostitute in cholera-stricken England)

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (as Dickensian as Dickens)

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (rags to riches story filled with romance, action, plot twists)

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 3:54 PM ET
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Check out Karleen Koen's triology that includes Through a Glass Darkly, Now Face to Face and Dark Angels. I loved these.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 7:39 PM ET
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Thank you everyone for the great suggestions. I am looking them all up and checking them out to see which ones interest me.

Polbio--- I have read World Without End too and loved it also! 

I like this forum, please keep the suggestions coming.

Date Posted: 12/7/2009 8:02 PM ET
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Keep following the forum and you'll have a mound of books on your WL in no time!  No joke hahaha.