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Initial post: Oct 12, 2012 9:47:42 PM PDT
Austen Jane says:
I'm currently on a historical romance kick, specifically England in the 1800s or Scotland at any time. And while I've read tons of books, I want to make sure I'm not missing a truly great novel.

To clarify, I'm looking for something more Lisa Kleypas than Diana Gabaldon or more Karen Hawkins than Judith McNaught. In other words, not something too deep and heartbreaking.

So what's your favorite? Thanks for the recommendations!

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 9:51:02 PM PDT
cathyr says:
Anything by Amanda Quick - light, easy, good story lines, fun.

Posted on Oct 12, 2012 10:10:45 PM PDT
Colleen says:
Most of her books are wonderfully lighthearted. I'd start with her first book (Splendid) and just follow the series from there. The Bridgerton Series is great (starts with The Duke and I (Bridgerton Series, Book 1)).

I'd skip the Cavendishes (not really interesting or lighthearted) and Secret Diaries (awesome book, not in theme with thread, though).

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 2:22:27 AM PDT
Beebs says:
Lynsay Sands historicals. Especially Love Is Blind (Leisure Historical Romance) and her Highlander series. She also has some very light-hearted medievals and most of her books are available for Kindle too. Totally agree with the Amanda Quick and Julia Quinn recommendations too.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 3:19:51 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
Oh my. Georgette Heyer is the absolute best for light-hearted Regency "romance."


Posted on Oct 13, 2012 6:30:34 AM PDT
MelissaB says:
Julie Garwood - The Secret, Ransom, Saving Grace, The Bride

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 8:17:18 AM PDT
tealadytoo says:
Absolutely second the Amanda Quick recommendation. However, I'd stick with the older ones (Ravished, Scandal, Mistress, Seduction, etc.) The newer ones from the "Arcane" series are set more recently (Victorian) and have paranormal elements. I still read and enjoy them, but not nearly as much as the non-paranormals from Regency or Medieval times.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 2:09:38 PM PDT
I too love Amanda Quick "alphabet" titles.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 2:36:36 PM PDT
Susan says:
Jacquie D'Alessandro's historicals always put a smile on my face. :)

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:24:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 13, 2012 4:25:06 PM PDT
Banana Boat says:
I agree with everyone here, most all of my favorites have been named. I'd like to add Sarah MacLean Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord, Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke's Heart.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2012 4:36:29 PM PDT
At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 4:52:03 PM PDT
Trouble with Harry Cute, funny book!

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 7:28:13 PM PDT
neon moon says:
jill barnett has several amusing books.
Surrender a Dream (the teaching her to ride scene just killed me)
Just A Kiss Away

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 7:41:38 PM PDT
MegMeg says:
LOVED Noble Intention- Katie MacAlister
Also agree, anything by Lynsay Sands, Amanda Quick, Julie Garwood, and Julia Quinn are great.
Lorretta Chase's "Carsington Brothers" Series is WONDERFUL as well.

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 7:42:15 PM PDT
MegMeg says:
OHHHH and Julie Anne Long (anything by her)

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 8:51:51 PM PDT
read4fun says:
A Week to Be Wicked
Guilty Pleasures (Avon Romantic Treasure)
The Husband Test
Miss Lacey's Last Fling

Posted on Oct 13, 2012 10:15:26 PM PDT
tealadytoo says:
I do get a kick out of the "Lady Whistledown" anthologies (Quinn, Enoch, etc.)
The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown
Lady Whistledown Strikes Back

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 3:21:50 PM PDT
Austen Jane says:
Thanks all, I'm making many mental notes of your wonderful suggestions

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 5:47:33 PM PST

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 6:20:16 AM PST
Karen Hawkins, Cathy Maxwell, Theresa Mederios, Sabrina Jeffries, Lynsay Sands, Danielle Harmon, Celeste Bradley...all write what I consider the more light hearted, non- angst filled historical.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 12:22:11 PM PST
Doro says:
Steeplechase by Blair Bancroft

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 12:42:01 PM PST
Nel says:

Is there cheating in this book?

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 1:23:08 PM PST
Lovely D.M. says:
Ransom by Julie Garwood
Ravished by a Highlander by Julia Quinn

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 1:32:40 PM PST
Doro says:
yes - the hero does keep seeing his mistress for awhile.

Posted on Dec 9, 2012 2:13:44 PM PST
When Beauty Tamed the Beast

So so funny and cute and romantic. The hero is based on Hugh Laurie as Gregory House. Can't complain about that!:)
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