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Posted on 4 May 2011 16:27:07 BDT
Hannah says:
If you like Julia Quinn and the Duke and I etc then you MUST read
'Lady Whistledown Strikes Back'
and
'The Further Observations of Lady Whistledown'
which are both by Julia Quinn and link in with the Bridgerton Novels.

For other Authors try:
Gaelen Foley's Kight Miscallany Series starts with 'The Duke'
and Sabrina Jeffries, The Royal Brotherhood series

Posted on 5 May 2011 17:03:45 BDT
Sarah Dunant's "Sacred Hearts" is stunning

In reply to an earlier post on 5 May 2011 22:45:47 BDT
First Review says:
Fate Try Fate by John Dickinson.The historical setting is between the wars, and also the beginning of the last century. It's a romance thriller mystery psychological story with a setting near the Gothic Whitby of Dracula connections. This, however, has a heritage from Frankenstein Just who is Bentley Driver? Why has he no memory? Who is in charge of his fate?

In reply to an earlier post on 6 May 2011 10:42:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 May 2011 10:42:48 BDT
'Tom Fleck' has just appeared on Kindle. It is timely. We are two years from the 500th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden (re the song, 'Flowers of the Forest') in 1513.

`Sharp as quivering hares are the Flecks. We've eyes and ears for things other folk miss.'
Much later, in the aftermath of Flodden, a young man finally understands his father's words.

The year: 1513. The place: North-East England.
Tom Fleck, a downtrodden farm worker but gifted archer, yearns to escape his masters. He unearths two objects that could be keys to freedom: a torque of ancient gold and a Tudor seal ring. He cannot know how these finds will determine his future.
Rachel Coronel craves an end to her Jewish wanderings. When the torque comes to rest around the neck of this mysterious woman, an odyssey begins which draws Tom Fleck into borderlands of belief and race.
The seal ring propels Tom on a journey of self-knowledge that can only climax in another borderland - among the flowers and banners of Flodden Field.Tom Fleck

Posted on 20 Aug 2011 11:33:04 BDT
T. Vicary says:
Hi Folks,

I have written two romantic historical thrillers. The first, The Blood Upon the Rose, is set in Ireland in 1920. In a tragic Romeo and Juliet story, a rich young heiress, Catherine O'Connell-Gort, falls in love with a young IRA terroristwho tries to murder the Viceroy of Ireland. At the same time, Catherine's father recruits an assassin to kill the IRA leader, Michael Collins.

The other book, Cat and Mouse, is set in 1914, in a historical setting similar to that of the TV series Downton Abbey. Two sisters, one a militant suffragette, combine to face two different threats to their families: first, the scandal of child prostitution, and second, a German plot to foment civil war in Ireland.

I have also written three crime/courtroom dramas, with a female lead character and strong element of family and romance in them.

The first is A Game of Proof (The trials of Sarah Newby) The heroine, Sarah Newby, is a tough criminal barrister who began life as a teenage single mum on an inner city estate. At first she defends criminals cynically, seeing her work as a game - 'a game of proof' - but life becomes serious when her own son is charged with murder, and no one else will defend him.

A Fatal Verdict (The Trials of Sarah Newby) is the second in this series. When a young man is acquitted of murder, the victim's family lose faith in the legal system, and decide to seek justice - or revenge - in their own way. Sarah defends the victim's mother, but who is really guilty?

In the third book, Bold Counsel (The Trials of Sarah Newby), Sarah, whose marriage is collapsing, has an affair with a man who appears, at first, to be her perfect lover. But what exactly does he know about a client whom she frees at the Court of Criminal Appeal, and why is he so nervous about a body that is found buried under the motorway?

I have tried to make all these books compulsive page-turners, with strong well-defined characters, good plots, and exciting twists towards the end. Try one, and see what you think!

You can read more on my website, www.timvicary.com

Tim Vicary

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 19:38:41 BDT
Surprised you haven't tried Georgette Heyer?

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2011 22:18:11 BDT
The Captain and The VirginThe Captain's Lady and the Pirate Try book 1 and 2 by Rachel E. Rice. Both are short e-books and the price is right. You get love, sex, romance and suspense.

Rich and handsome Captain Robert Butler sailed the seven seas seducing and bedding some of the most beautiful women of the world. It was a trip from the Orient to his home in England, which took him to a small island to meet a young woman who would become his bride.
The last thing Rachel, an eighteen year old ravaging dark haired beauty, wanted in her life was to marry a sea captain. She decided that she would spoil her parents' plan and the plans of the captain, until she set eyes on him. Robert, after seeing Rachel with her clothes and hair full of mud, refused to have anything to do with her. Realizing that if the captain did not marry her, her family would be destitute. Rachel forced herself to beg the captain to marry her and consummate the marriage.
After a night of torrid and sexual bliss, Robert walked away from Rachel, leaving her no longer a virgin and in limbo. Will the Captain and the Virgin ever see each other again? Can the Captain and the Virgin ever forget their irrepressible desire for each other?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2011 14:14:09 BDT
LEP says:
If you fancy an epic series, try Cynthia Harrod Eagles Dynasty series. It starts with The Foundling set in Medieval England and moves up through each historical period taking in the historical events that happened at that time. It's about the Moreland family and is romantic as well as historical. The series takes you up to the 20th Century.

If you are going to try it, try and read it more or less in sequence, because she doesn't always follow the main Moreland line and bring in cousins as well, so it can be confusing if you skip a book .

When I was reading them ages ago, she'd written a few and was still writing them. So after I'd caught her up, I had to wait for the next to be published which was a bit of a pain. I eventually got up to the Regency period, but haven't read any since.

Good books.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Aug 2011 18:13:43 BDT
Last edited by the author on 26 Aug 2011 12:51:52 BDT
LEP says:
If you like Julia Quinn then the late great Georgette Heyer is the one to read. Her books are always witty and in some cases outright funny. In fact in modern Regency romantic authors, Julia Quinn is the nearest to her. Georgette Heyer "invented" the genre of Regency Romance. Her books are well researched as to period, manners and speech. Some have Regency "cant" (slang) in them e.g. The Toll Booth, but you will soon get into it. Try The Grand Sophie for starters.

In some there is a great descrepancy between the age of the girl and man e.g. 16 or 17, while he is in his 30's. However, that happened then in the aristocracacy.

Rather than Lisa Kleypass who writes time-travel historical romances, try Stephanie Laurens.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 12:57:39 BDT
LEP says:
As you like Sophie Kinsella, try Madeline Wickham, Lisa Jewell and Marian Keyes.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2011 21:51:14 BDT
Alain Darmon says:
For the Emperor and for Love
Hi there, maybe I have somehting for you. My first English novel is a historical fiction with the main hero being an officer in the Imperial Guard of Napoleon III. Lots of adventure, many different continents, drama, suspense, love ... I tried to create a story 100%. I hope you'll like it. Please send me some feedback either on my amazon or my facebook page. Au revoir ... Alain Darmon

Posted on 26 Aug 2011 21:55:22 BDT
Tom says:
I've really enjoyed all the books by Karen Maitland. The Company of Liars is her first novel and reminds me of a modern day Chaucer's tales but of course set in Medieval England. Lots of twists and turns in the plot; I couldn't put it down! The other novels by her are equally as good.

Posted on 27 Aug 2011 16:17:28 BDT
Read Nicole Salomone's 'forgotten'. I came across it on accident, and loved it. The lead - Abigail - is a strong, but historically believable character. Although she is used to a high quality life, she finds herself in the midst of the medical community of the Continental Army. Real people make their way through the novel, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Lafayette, and James Monroe. AND, not only is the medicine documentable (check out her bibliography), but so are the songs and dances she writes in. Totally cool.

Posted on 1 Sep 2011 18:35:43 BDT
SIRIUS says:
For something different, that will give the flavor of late 19th century America and the Chicago World's Fair event, try:
The Devil In The White City , and the new title
Clara and Mr. Tiffany.

--from the author of Bending the Boyne ; quality paperback, 350 pp, and now via Kindle/Nook/apps.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Sep 2011 20:07:09 BDT
I so wish you would check out HOOD: AN AMERICAN HORROR STORY or THE LAST YAHI: A NOVEL ABOUT ISHI.

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 19:23:17 BDT
Melissa Jean says:
Ok, I'm not sure if you'll love this one, but I read your list of books that you did like/love/ enjoy but not love and you sound exactly like me - and I love this one:

Roseanna's Reply by Frank Johnson.

It's a historical fiction set in WWII. It started off a wee bit slow but once it gets going I couldn't put it down. He talks details about the planes etc, and I kind of glossed over the nitty gritty details, but overall I actually learned a TON about P-51 Mustangs in WWII and his story line elements and characters were SO engaging! (PS, reading my own description it sounds kinda Tom Clancy-ish and some people might agree. But I don't like Clancy but loved this one!!)

It was a great historical fiction, and a really fun era to read about.

It's also really cheap as a e-book, so I figure might as well try it, right?
Roseanna's Reply

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Sep 2011 19:30:11 BDT
Millymilly says:
IMO, this is the definitive read on Richard III, and for a beginner on the subject, such an informed, readable book. Highly recommended.

Posted on 26 Sep 2011 17:21:05 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2011 10:14:47 GMT
All In. This lady plays poker to win, and she doesn't mind how. Good reviews.
Check out product description on Amazon Kindle Store.

Posted on 28 Sep 2011 12:28:18 BDT
James Pepper says:
Lancelot And The Wolf a classic historical romance with a twist. Sarah Luddington has done a variety of books. Defiantly worth checking out!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2011 03:12:54 BDT
If you like Julia Quinn try books by Christina Dodd she has written historical as well as contemporary some can be quite amusing but good story lines. Also my favourite author has to be Judith mcnaught her books paradise and perfect are really brilliant and then there are her historical romances beginning with Whitney my love

Posted on 29 Sep 2011 15:13:12 BDT
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Posted on 29 Sep 2011 18:36:20 BDT
A. Jovy says:
My a recommend http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/[[ASIN:1859642810 I am Cyrus]]product/1859642810 You are looking for historical fiction with a forbidden romance, the book ticks all the boxes.

Posted on 20 Nov 2011 14:40:05 GMT
carocaro says:
Could try indie author eg.
Have just finished The Secret by Jan Warburton. I haven't put the tissues down yet..the ending really got to me. Would fit in with the following genres, contemporary, women's fiction, murder mystery, romance & tragedy!

Posted on 23 Nov 2011 21:07:26 GMT
Sue Lee says:
Worlds Apart by William V. Crockett takes place during the Roman Empire in northern Britannia, where Celtic tribes are fighting for their freedom. It's got some romance, as well family/relational drama and battle scenes. A Celtic woman named Neeve goes undercover at a Roman fort as a mapmaker to spy on behalf of her fellow Caledonians, but finds herself torn when she is drawn to the fort commander.

Posted on 24 Nov 2011 03:25:41 GMT
Try North With Franklin: The Lost Journals of James Fitzjames by John Wilson (me). It's available as an eBook so you can download a free sample and check it out. If Arctic exploration's your thing, give it a try, the research was done at the Scott Polar in Cambridge and the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Enjoy.
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