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Subject: What are some good romances or historical rom. 20 yrs or older?
Date Posted: 5/7/2012 12:43 PM ET
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I am looking for some older romances or historical romances that were written in the 90's or earlier.   Not necessarily anything written recently, but the books that paved the way for the newer ones today.  Books like This Other Eden, by Marilyn Harris.smiley

I am completely new to this genre, and I would appreciate if you would tell some books that are really good!!

 

Thanks!

 

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 1:17 PM ET
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Hmmm. I could get seriously carried away on this subject. Do you have any particular period or locale that most interests you?

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 1:24 PM ET
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Hmmm. I could get seriously carried away on this subject. Do you have any particular period or locale that most interests you?

 

LOL, no.  I don't think I've been reading historical fiction long enough to have a favorite time period---OR to have one that I just can't stand.  I'm not even tired of the Tudors yet! LOL

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 1:39 PM ET
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Welcome to my world. I think the easiest way for me is to direct you to some lists at Goodreads and you can browse to your heart's content. I really like Celeste de Blasis, especially The Proud Breed (California). Also a huge fan of Pamela Belle's English Civil War books.  If you're into reading about Russia, Cynthia Harrod Eagles has a great trilogy, Anna, Emily and Fleur (I may have the order wrong on the last two). OOP, but the libraries have them. One hard and fast rule of mine is never ever judge a book on its cover or blurb - publishers often misrepresent them. I've found many an awesome historical novel that others might have judged a bodice ripper, put their nose in the air and kept book browsing.

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/12334.Great_books_that_deserve_a_re_issue

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/693.Books_that_are_too_good_to_be_classified_as_straight_romance

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1415.Gems_from_the_Past

 

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 1:50 PM ET
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This question was tailor-made for Misfit!!!  wink

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 2:38 PM ET
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Who me? cheeky

There's also Jennifer Blake. Her books are romance and can get steamy, but she does have a good knowledge of Louisiana culture, history and lifestyle and incorporates that well into her books. They aren't all OMG the best book ever, but nice solid reads for brain candy moods.

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 4:08 PM ET
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The Roselynde Chronicles, by Roberts Gellis  They were written in the 1980's but are excellent,  The prose aren't exactly purple, but definitely pale lilac.

Date Posted: 5/7/2012 7:40 PM ET
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 I read Wild Swan recently and thought it was good. (By Celeste de Blasis mentioned above) It's book one of a trilogy.

Date Posted: 5/8/2012 3:55 PM ET
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Well, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon recently had it's 20th anniversary of publication so I think that woul qualify for consideration!

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Date Posted: 5/9/2012 9:55 AM ET
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Two of the first romances I ever read was when I was in or just out of high school in the early  90's. They were both by Jude Deveraux, Remembrance and Legend.  Both were time travel/slip books, but from what I remember, very good.

Date Posted: 5/11/2012 10:01 AM ET
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Thank you all for your suggestions.  I am taking notes!smiley

Date Posted: 5/16/2012 11:50 AM ET
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Well, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon recently had it's 20th anniversary of publication so I think that woul qualify for consideration!

 

Wait, what????? Good grief, I am feeling old.............

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 12:13 AM ET
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I love Beatrice Small and Johanna Lindseys earlier works.

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 12:43 AM ET
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Well, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon recently had its 20th anniversary of publication so I think that would qualify for consideration!

Wait, what????? Good grief, I am feeling old.............

So, if we didn't read Outlander until last year, we're young, right??

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 11:21 AM ET
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"So, if we didn't read Outlander until last year, we're young, right??"

Yes, absolutely!  You'd better be young because the 6 additional LONG books in the series are going to take you a LONG time to get through!  Then there is the next installment due out in 2013, and the Lord John Gray spinoff novels - if you're new to the Outlander world, you have a lot of reading to do!

Date Posted: 5/22/2012 2:10 PM ET
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I totally agree with Cathy's recommendations re. The Proud Breed and Pamela Belle's series, esp. Wintercombe and its two sequels.  I would also recommend the Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati.

Linda