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Initial post: May 21, 2011 4:58:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011 4:59:24 PM PDT
Dixie Girl says:
Read and loved two romances with this theme: Deborah Smith's, "A Place Called Home" and Katherine Allred's, "Sweet Gum Tree". Would love to read others. Can anyone recommend more
like these?

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:08:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011 9:10:26 PM PDT
"Sleeping at the Magnolia" By Lisa G. Brown.Sleeping at the Magnolia

This book is an older book (early 90's and OOP), but it shares A LOT of similarities with "Sweet Gum Tree"

* * * "Loner Colley Rawlins has loved Lainie Thorne since he rescued her from a flooding creek when she was 11 and he was 14. But she is the pampered daughter of the plantation overseer, and he is the illegitimate grandson of the plantation owner. Theirs is a clandestine friendship, at first pure and innocent. Colley's difficult childhood makes him far more mature than Lainie, and he forces himself to wait for her to grow up. She's 17 before they are finally able to acknowledge the deeply rooted love and passion that has grown between them. But Lainie's father hates Colley, and fate sets in motion a series of tragic events that tears the young lovers apart. Three years later, Colley returns to town, older, wiser, and ready to claim his beloved. However, Lainie hasn't been able to put the past behind her. Her guilt for what happened is still a huge obstacle, and Colley has to fight his grandfather, his cousin, and Lainie herself to restore their love. Set against the canvas of a Tennessee tobacco farm and the lazy life of a small southern town, author Lisa Brown skillfully lures readers into an engrossing story of jealousy, revenge, murder, and--at long last--love. " * * *

I'm sure I'll be back to post more rec's after I sort through my shelf. Poor boy, Rich girl is one of my favorite themes.

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:16:24 PM PDT
TrishaLouise says:
One of my favorite story lines :) I hope these help!

Silk and stone by Deborah Smith
Stone flower garden by Deborah Smith
Perfect by Judith McNaught
The you I never knew by Susan Wiggs
Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (Teen book but out standing)
Hot Wheels and High Heels by Jane Graves
Truly, Madly Yours by Rachel Gibson
Slow Heat in Heaven by Sandra Brown

(Rich boy poor girl)
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas
Blue Willow by Deborah Smith
After the Night by Linda Howard

Posted on May 21, 2011 9:31:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 21, 2011 9:32:34 PM PDT
(Edit: TrishaLouise beat me to it) Told you I would be back, "The Stone Flower Garden" also by Deborah Smith.

"Darleen Swannoa Union already knows how isolating wealth and privilege can be. As the only grandchild of Swan Hardigree Samples, the elegant and autocratic president of the Hardigree Marble Company and the chief employer in the town of Burnt Stand, NC, Darleen has spent her entire life confined to the family's pink marble mansion and its surrounding estate. Her only friend is Matilda, the daughter of Swan's assistant until Eli Wade comes back to town. When Darleen rushes to his defense against the local toughs, she learns that there are some problems money and power cannot solve and that true soul mates can be found in the oddest places. Smith's darkly convoluted tale of secrets buried for generations explores the meaning of family and love under the most trying of circumstances. The novel will resonate with readers who enjoyed similar themes in Smith's earlier A Place To Call Home (LJ 6/15/97), but that tale of small-town Southern secrets, though simpler than the more dramatic The Stone Flower Garden, remains the more compelling of the two."

Posted on May 22, 2011 9:22:44 AM PDT
Dixie Girl says:
Wow! These sound great and are already in my Amazon cart. I had already read Stone Flower Garden and Blue-Eyed Devil and they were right up my alley. Thanks y'all!!!

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2011 9:38:43 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I believe that the McNaught book you were thinking about is Paradise; Perfect is the one with the movie star who escapes from prison and kidnapps the heroine.

Posted on May 22, 2011 9:46:23 AM PDT
Adnana says:
Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard
Remember When by Judith McNaught *they weren't childhood friends, but H & h met when they were younger (a few years before the novel's main timeline) and were attracted to each other
Billy Bob Walker Got Married by Lisa G. Brown *same as above
For Love of Charley by Katherine Allred *same as above

A London season by Joan Wolf *my absolute favorite with this theme
Again The Magic by Lisa Kleypas
Impulse by Candace Camp

Posted on May 22, 2011 3:50:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 22, 2011 3:57:51 PM PDT
I second most of all the books that recomanded above.
Especially "Sleeping at the Magnolia" & "Billy Bob Walker got Married" by Lisa G. Brown,
they are a wonderful books.

The other book by this author, "Crazy for Loving You" is not exactly go by with childhood friend theme
but it falls to Rich girl Poor boy theme and it's very good as the other 2.
It's a shame there's only 3 books by this author.
I wish there's more, cause she is an awesome author in my opinion.

"Place to Call Home" is one of my top favorite
and "Sweet Gum Tree" is one of my top wish list on PBS (this book is kind of expensive) :(

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2011 4:30:54 PM PDT
Thread Jack :

Music Box Dancer,
Lisa G. Brown actually wrote 4 books. One is under another pen name, Dana Warren Smith. The book is High Stakes (Silhouette Special Edition, No 563). It is also rich girl, poor boy themed. Although, the hero and heroine don't know each other as children, they are late teens, early 20's when they meet. It's a harlequin silhouette book, out of print ( cheap and easy to find), and not as long as her other books, but it is very much in the Lisa G. Brown signature writing style (which I lurve!).

* * * "People do strange things when they're hurting, and Jamie Logan was at the end of her rope. Lonely, despairing, and angered by the taunting of a society friend, she impulsively agreed to a childish bet.

The dare was seduction--woo a "backwoods" man--and shy, solid Ren Garrett, a farmer far from Jamie's elite world, was the pawn.

But what began as a cool, calculated means to an end fast became something warm and wonderful, and the stakes soon pierced Jamie's conscience ... and her heart" * * *

One of my favorite book quotes comes from this book. Ren tells another man, who is pestering the heroine, that he better learn what a two by four is, because if he ever bother's her again, he's (the hero) is going to use one on him (the other man). I still smile when I read that scene.

Okay, that was my last LGB groupie post for the day. Maybe. lol.

In reply to an earlier post on May 22, 2011 5:15:21 PM PDT
OH...WOW.....THANK YOU chea !!!!

I didn't know there's another one !
I love her books, they are all in my keeper box....gosh I'm going to get it now.

Your favorite quote.... 2x4 huh? I love it!
Ha's so funny
Thank you for the spoiler :)

Posted on May 22, 2011 10:50:13 PM PDT
You are very welcome. I would hate for anyone to miss out on one of LGB's gems. I love her ability to essentially tell the same story repeatedly (as they are all rich girl, poor boy themes) yet it not be the same story at all. You know exactly what you are getting when you pick up a LGB book. It's wonderful.

Posted on May 23, 2011 5:45:55 AM PDT
gingerlily says:
I love this story lines my favourite are:

Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred
For Love of Charley by Katherine Allred
Shades of Twilight by Linda Howard

Posted on May 23, 2011 6:29:38 AM PDT
Adnana says:
I just remembered another beautiful story with this theme, in reverse (rich boy, poor girl); it is one of my favorite M. Reid books (and M. Reid is my favorite HP author); I absolutely loved how devoted the H was to his h, and how he only ever loved her.
The Dark Side of Desire by Michelle Reid

Posted on May 24, 2011 4:00:58 AM PDT
AllySophia says:
Did anyone mention Lavalyre Spencer book? By far The Best on this theme. Damned if I can remember the name though.. Well worth searching for!

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 6:19:36 AM PDT
November of the heart ..
ohh... her best book ( and she ha many great books )

Posted on May 24, 2011 10:52:05 AM PDT
gingerlily says:
Prince of Ice by Emma Holly
They meet as infants and instantly have an unbreakable bond; one is not complete without the other. When they turn eight they are separated in order to make Corum more disciplined in his emotions. When they next meet he has become a prince of ice to hide his genetic anomaly and keep his family honor, but he cannot resist Buttercup so he buys her for his lover and the chemistry and love between them explodes. They have not forgotten each other or the love they share.

Posted on May 24, 2011 10:53:52 AM PDT
Dixie Girl says:
These are all great selections. Thanks! I'm reading LS's Hummingbird and enjoying it very much. Is November of the Heart better than DS's A Place Called Home, which is one of my all time favorites?

In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 11:22:00 AM PDT
Es Em says:
"Paradise" by Judith McNaught not "Perfect" :-)

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 9:42:18 PM PDT
Darla Malueg says:
no way, no way, no way: LS's November of the Heart is, without a doubt, a great book; however, DS's A Place Called Home is league's better (in my opinion) -- but A Place Called Home is my perfect book, so I'm a tad biased.

Posted on Mar 24, 2012 10:21:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 24, 2012 10:25:16 PM PDT
Eric Edwards says:
Basic requirements for guys we have to be Tall Dark Handsome Strong Silent Rich. Or at least two of the three in this triangle. if the guy is seen much in his awkward stage in his life then no chance.
................Handsome---------MR. Personality
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 30, 2012 5:54:42 AM PDT
Dixie Girl says:
Oh Eric, not true! Some of my most favorite heros were sweet, vulnerable, semi-attractive guys. Money and looks are not a requirement. Personality is.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 6:05:37 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 30, 2012 6:06:37 AM PDT
read4fun says:
I agree with Dixie Girl :)

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 7:43:35 AM PDT
readtoomuch says:
I really liked Remember When by Judith McNaught. This is one book I still have in hard copy and read at least once a year. It doesn't have the usual super crazy angst between the h and H. I just liked the h, her family and the H a lot. It's a very cut and dry story with little surprise. The friendly history between the rich teenager and the poor college boy and then the love that develops between the h and H when they meet years later just seemed sweet.

Posted on Mar 30, 2012 9:40:58 AM PDT
JRed says:
One of my favorite topics, as well! I recommend " Second Chance " by Hazel Cotton. Have tissues ready.
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