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Initial post: 23 Mar 2013 20:24:06 GMT
R. says:
I'm a 22 year old on the search for a book with a good plot, essentially a love story but not necessarily exclusively. Certainly not any soft porn romance novels. I enjoy historical; contemporary; thrillers/crime and paranormal (no vampires or werewolves etc. though witches and ghosts are fine). Preferably with characters around my age bracket (older rather than younger) I would really appreciate any suggestions you might have.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013 21:39:47 GMT
Rosie Blake says:
You might like the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon,

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2013 22:36:01 GMT
R. says:
Thanks Rosie; I think I'll give them a go.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 07:52:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2013 07:53:46 GMT
There's a book called "Who Else Writes LIke....?" by Huse and Huse. Here you can find books that reflect your taste. Under each author's name there is a short list of others who write in a similar style or who approach a subject from a similar angle.
It's an extremely pricey volume but most library reference sections should hold a copy. The s/h one I bought years ago from Amazon is dated 1998 and cost about the same as a new paperback. Though rather out-of date it serves me well when used in conjunction with regular book reviews, readers' web pages and bookshop lists. Happy hunting!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 17:10:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Mar 2013 17:17:22 GMT
LEP says:
Try Cynthia Harrod Eagles epic historical series - Dynasty, about the Yorkshire Moreland family. Starts in the Middle Ages with The Foundling. Try and read in sequence because she uses cousins as well as the main family as her main characters and it can get confusing.

Then there's Jules Watson's Dalraida series - The White Mare is the first book.

Both series are very good.

Have a look at Nora Roberts romantic suspense books:
The Villa
The Black Hills
Northern Lights
Carolina Moon + many more.

Her Three Sisters trilogy is very good also. Starts with Dance upon the Air.

Also, Mary Renault's excellent reworking of Greek Myths: The King Must Die, The Bull from the Sea etc.

Plus of course Georgette Heyer's wonderful witty and fun Georgian/Regency romances e.g.
The Grand Sophy
April Lady
These Old Shades etc.

Robyn Carr's contempory Virgin River series - starts with Virgin River.

Posted on 24 Mar 2013 17:22:02 GMT
Jen Errik says:
Susanna Kearsley or in a similar vein but written some years ago, Mary Stewart.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 17:35:19 GMT
I can recommend Thunder from the sea by Malcolm Bruce. It has history crime love and sex in context with the great story, in sea side setting pixie

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 18:27:08 GMT
Mrs. M. Lee says:
Hello R, Please read Mrs Murphy Hires a Cleaner by Kath Kincaid. It is funny, heartwarming, and a bit of a love story with characters ranging from the very young to the very old. It had wonderful reviews when published, but is lying listlessly on Kindle, unbought and ignored. at the incredible bargain price of 99p. Maureen Lee

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2013 19:54:44 GMT
LEP says:
Barbara Erskine who writes time-slip type novels e.g The Lady of Hay

Rachel Hore

Susan Kearsley

Daphne du Maurier - Frenchman's Creek

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2013 14:56:29 GMT
LEP says:
The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense - M J Rose (unusual and a good read)

Books by Linda Howard

Blue Smoke and Murder - Elizabeth Lowell

Magic Hour - Kristin Hannah

The Paper Marriage - Susan Kay Law

A Killing Tide - P J Alderman

Belle Point - Karen Young

Passing through Paradise - Susan Wiggs

Legends Lake - JoAnn Ross (a lovely book - look also at her other earlier books e.g. Blue Bayou etc)

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 09:27:06 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 11:06:33 GMT
TomC says:
I already did. And I've read the preview of your book; "garbage" was not the substance I compared it to in my previous post, but given Amazon's delicate sensibilities it will have to do.

Do not use these discussion forums to promote your own book. It is both unwelcome and against Amazon rules. From the "Important Announcement from Amazon":

"Starting on December 15, 2011, all "shameless self-promotion" activity will be limited to the `Meet Our Authors' community."

Put your spam in the "Meet Our Authors" forum. That's what it's for.

Posted on 26 Mar 2013 14:18:20 GMT
M. Dowden says:
How about that good old stand-by 'Wuthering Heights' ?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Mar 2013 22:42:50 GMT
JB says:
Hi, I would recommend Robert B Parker's Spenser series, a Boston PI, lots of novels, he also has a female PI character called Sunny Randall. If you are new into the books, I would firstly recommend Double Deuce, It intro's Spenser and his "sidekick" Hawk, one of the most enigmatic characters. Also Early Autumn is a good one to start, he has a few good novels where Spenser is helping out late teens and they are quite engrossing and often sarcastically funny.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 01:28:23 GMT
gŻlgalth‚ says:
Saliva Incantations

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 02:37:09 GMT
R, is a great site for recommendations. You type in the name of an author you like and at the bottom of the page you will find a list of authors who write in a similar style as well as titles recommended by that author. I find it invaluable.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 08:59:56 GMT
I Readalot says:
Somehow I don't think this is relevant to the OP and the fact you have just left a link without commenting looks highly suspicious, most posters here are going to think 'spam'.

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 11:59:28 GMT
Try Pandora's Box by a young writer - Jocelyn McCallum

Posted on 27 Mar 2013 12:47:07 GMT
maggie says:
Kingdom of Shadows by Barbara Erskine

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 13:41:15 GMT
shipsatsea says:
The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler - it's very well known so you may have read it.. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh is a lovely book with a well constructed plot line and believable likeable characters.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 14:17:33 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2013 14:25:46 GMT
LEP says:
Susan Wiggs writes good romantic fiction, not fluff stuff e.g.
Home Before Dark
The Ocean Between Us
Summer By the Sea
Table for Five
Lakeside Cottage
Just Breathe
The Goodbye Quilt
+ The Lakeshore Chronicles: - Summer at Willow Lake; The Winter Lodge; Dockside; Snowfall at Willow Lake; Fireside; Lakeshore Christmas; The Summer Hideaway; Marrying Daisy Bellamy; Return to Willow Lake.

Fox River - Emilie Richards

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Mar 2013 21:35:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Mar 2013 21:55:06 GMT
I just read Sophia's secret (aka The winter Sea) by Susanna Kearsley and
enjoyed it very much.
Sophia's Secret
It has all you asked for:
Contemporary and historical stories, some romance and a bit of 'mystic' or 'paranormal'.
It's also a "clean" book (which Outlander is definitely not)
The other books by Susanna Kearsley have the same kind of ingredients
and suppose to be fun reads too.

Others which seem to grand your wishes:

She owns the Knight
She Owns the Knight (A Medieval Time Travel Romance)
Modern meets Medieval

The Silent Touch of Shadows
Professional genealogist Melissa Grantham receives an invitation to visit her family's ancestral home, Ashleigh Manor. From the moment she arrives, life-like dreams and visions haunt her. The spiritual connection to a medieval young woman and her forbidden lover have her questioning her sanity, but Melissa is determined to solve the mystery

Celtic Maidens
A powerful and supernatural tale of love, lives and obsession set against the scenery of the Welsh Mountains.

(I'm not sure if this one is "clean" but I think so)

Have fun :)

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 22:51:25 GMT
pammyk says:
Help someone please, I recently read the first two chapters of a book on Amazon, it was about a lady that lost her husband in a car crash and her father in law had just died. She had to help her mother in law with the funeral and was filling the freezer with all the food that people had given them, she then had to take it round to her brother in laws (where I think she may have had a bit of a fling with him previously). I have been looking through books and I cannot remember the name of it. Can someone please help me. Many thanks.

Posted on 29 Mar 2013 23:00:12 GMT
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