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Subject: "Vintage" romance, 50s-70s, Harlequin/Mills & Boon
Date Posted: 11/27/2007 2:16 AM ET
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I get a kick out of romances from the 1950s-70s... anybody else?

The ones where a nurse who wears a "frock" gets sent to work at a jungle hospital... or a stewardess meets a millionaire on her first trans-Atlantic flight... or a governess goes on vacation with the family she's working for and suddenly falls in love with a hunky, wealthy, slightly exotic foreigner from another country...

Do you remember any like these, from years ago?


Date Posted: 11/27/2007 12:20 PM ET
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I've read a couple Valerie Sherwood and Bertrice Small books from the 70's. I didn't like them. They were way too long and just too unbelievable.  I don't like it when the h/h are seperated for half the book.  I don't think these are the ones you are talking about though are you? 

Date Posted: 11/27/2007 8:54 PM ET
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Rachel Lindsay wrote a lot of old Harlequin Romances along the lines you described.    My favorites are Cage Of Gold (the librarian on vacation and the Greek millionaire), The Taming Of Laura (stewardess and Greek millionaire), Love and Lucy Granger (ordinary English girl and English millionaire, Cinderella In Mink (different for those days, heiress in disguise and psychiatrist who runs a shelter for homeless and at risk women).  Charlotte Lamb and Carole Mortimer wrote a ton of Harlequin Presents in the first years of that series and Lamb also wrote a few Harlequin Romances.  My all time favorite Lamb (I loved her and kept dozens of her books) is a Presents called Abduction. Quiet, shy young girl and a millionaire tycoon who takes one look at her and becomes obsessed.  She eventually walks out the gates of the estate and disappears but she is pregnant at the time.  They are reunited when the two year old son is abducted and the tycoon is contacted by the police.  I also loved Dark Master (hotel employee and French aristocrat)  and Dangerous (governess and Greek tycoon).  My all time favorite Carole Mortimer is A Lost Love (young dancer and British tycoon).

In the Harlequin Romances Violet Winspear would be a gold mine of that type of book (she is also very big on sheikhs).   Anne Weale would be another gold mine.  She was another big favorite of mine.  I kept pretty much all of her books. They can be hard to find now (the Harlequin Romances) her Presents are more plentiful.  My  all time favorites are a Presents called The Girl From The Sea (girl lost at sea in a small boat picked up by millionaire on his yacht) and a Harlequin Romance called Hope For Tomorrow where the plain quiet girl in a flashy talented family meets a man on a quiet seaside vacation and he turns out to be a famous playwright.

And there's Mary Burchell's Under The Stars Of Paris where the quiet young girl becomes the premier model for the designer, Florian, in Paris. 

Hope this helps.

edited for spelling

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Date Posted: 11/30/2007 5:37 PM ET
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LOL.. I cut my romance reading teeth on those books.  I get a kick out of reading one every now and then.   They seem so isolated from reality and totally far-fetched to me now, but still a good way to pass an hour or two when I am in that sort of reading mood.  I have gotten so used to "modern" books who either give the male viewpoint or give enough clues from dialogue or descriptions to bring across at least some of the hero is thinking.  The really early books keep that so hidden until the very last pages and sometimes you never really know.

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Date Posted: 12/4/2007 10:55 PM ET
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1950's might be pretty amusing to read these days.  Reminds me of Ozzie and Harriett.

Subject: looking for a particular harlequin romance book.
Date Posted: 6/3/2008 9:47 AM ET
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I know this is insane but I read this book many years ago and can not remember the title to attempt to find it again.

My memory of the plot summary goes like this.  Woman is nurse who has fallen on hard times.  working at a companion for woman in England.  Doctor meets and shows interest.  When companion job is over, nurse moves to work at hospital where pay is bad, doctor finds her and rescues her.

Or something like that.

If anyone has any ideas, please help!  I have tried all sorts of online searches with nothing!!


Date Posted: 6/3/2008 7:29 PM ET
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It sounds like it could be a title of Betty Neels --- her plots follow those type of scenarios. If noone here can help try abebooks.com.  They have a forum where you put the plot and people from all over give suggestions. It's organized by genres. Called book sleuth. Good luck.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:58 AM ET
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Hmm... so how were the 50-60s romance like?  The oldest I've read were from the 70s, how different are they? 

Date Posted: 7/20/2008 10:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 7/20/2008 11:03 PM ET
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I read some Loveswept books by Iris Johansen that remind me of those. Lady and the millionaire, that sort of thing. I really liked them, they were nice, easy. sensual reads. I don't remember when they were written though. I recently ordered more loveswept books by different authors hoping the books will be just as entertaining.

I know there are like a thousand sub-variations of the harlequin type novels (like loveswept, blaze, presents, etc..), anyone know where I can find a list of them and what the differences are?

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