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Subject: What is the most romantic book you have ever read?
Date Posted: 7/29/2009 5:03 PM ET
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Romance is always in the air.  Just for fun lets share our knowledge of romance novels.  What is the most romantic book you have ever read?  Why?  Was it the hot bedroom or seduction scenes?  Or was it the suggested but non-specific?  Was it an old classic or something more current.

~ Susan

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Date Posted: 7/29/2009 5:55 PM ET
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The Time Travellers Wife is a good one!

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Date Posted: 7/29/2009 10:29 PM ET
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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

and Into the Garden Trilogy by Nora Roberts

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 5:59 PM ET
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Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, I think it is my favorite for romantic fiction

Date Posted: 7/30/2009 6:08 PM ET
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For me, it's Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon. The following books in the series are also romantic, but they can't match the first.
Date Posted: 7/30/2009 9:32 PM ET
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Nobody beats Jane Austen- Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense & Sensibility...

Also I'm in the middle of Gone With the Wind and Rhett Butler makes me sigh.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 4:37 AM ET
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I'll have to second the Outlander books.  For me every novel was excellent.  I absolutely love these books.  I think this entire saga is the most romantic I've ever read.

Ms Gabaldon has a way with words and description that is so beautifully done......Every time I re-read them ...(and yes...I've read each at least 3 times)......I fall down the rabbit hole w/ Jamie and Claire and don't want to come out.

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 3:26 PM ET
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I just finished The Falconer by Elaine McCarthy http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780679448747-Falconer%20The   One of those make you cry and smile and scream all at the same time kind of romances.  Loved it.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 10:24 PM ET
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Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, hands down.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 6:40 PM ET
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Outlander.  No contest.

Date Posted: 8/4/2009 7:38 PM ET
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I agree with the people who have said the Outlander series, although I would say that my favorite is Voyager.  The beginning to middle of that book is my favorite part of the whole series so far.  I'm hoping the seventh book will live up to the rest of the series!

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 5:10 PM ET
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During a very difficult time, I discovered my first romance novel. I think it was a Stef Ann Holm, something that had come in the mail. I was hooked. Catherine Anderson is by far my very favorite author. I especially love the Coulter series and have re-read them a few times. Very touching. In the mood for something spicy - I would say Christie Ridgway or Susan Anderson. I like finding a good series.

Date Posted: 8/12/2009 7:00 PM ET
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Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee. Makes me cry every time.

From the classics, Wuthering Heights.... I think I must just like my romance tinged by the tragic.

Date Posted: 8/13/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Probably the Warprize trilogy by Elizabeth Vaughan.  The first and third books are keepers, the second one only because it's the middle of the story.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 12:23 AM ET
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The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye.  British colonial India, forbidden romance, exotic settings, heroic characters...it doesn't get any better.

Subject: romantic book
Date Posted: 8/15/2009 1:19 PM ET
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Precious Bane by Mary Webb. She's sometimes called a female Thomas Hardy but I don't think that's a very apt reference.

Date Posted: 8/15/2009 11:51 PM ET
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I go back to the early Kathleen Woodiwiss 'The Flame and the Flower' and the 'Wolf and the Dove'.  But many good ones are mentioned here.  It pleases me to know I read some of them.

Now Reading:  Hotel Pastis by Peter Mayle

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 7:12 AM ET
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The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye.  British colonial India, forbidden romance, exotic settings, heroic characters...it doesn't get any better.

That was the exact book I was going to name! I just re-read it on a long plane flight a couple of weeks ago. SO romantic!

My second choice would be The Moon in the Water and its sequel, The Chains of Fate by Pamela Belle, which both take place during the English Civil War...I love romances where the couple has to go through an epic struggle to be together, and this couple certainly does. It's a lovely story.

Date Posted: 8/17/2009 9:24 AM ET
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I'd have to say pride & prejudice or the Irish trilogy by Nora Roberts. I love those books. Although these favorites may change as I am getting ready to read both the Time Travelers Wife and Outlander.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 5:22 PM ET
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I agree with The Far Pavilions by MM Kaye; I re-read it every couple of years.

Date Posted: 9/1/2009 6:43 PM ET
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I just went to goodreads to see what The Far Pavilions is about.  I'm intrigued, but I'm not feeling the India setting. Could that hinder my enjoyment of the book?

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 11:45 AM ET
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Ahem. As the lone male voice, I believe, allow me a strange entry: The Quiet American by Graham Greene. Oh, sure, you say, that's a book about war and politics, and you're right; but if you read it as a love story, it just might break your -- male -- heart.

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 1:50 PM ET
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I too love Jane Austen's books but P.S., I Love You by Cecelia Ahern is probably my favorite "love" story.  :)

Date Posted: 9/2/2009 3:07 PM ET
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I'm going to go with Brideshead Revisited

And Graham Greene for my money is one of the most shockingly underrated writers.  He's just fantastic. 

Greg - I wrote a paper once about how the romances between (ostensibly) heterosexual men was the great subject of American film, so I'm certainly not going to argue with your suggestion. 

Date Posted: 9/5/2009 10:18 AM ET
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A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux