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Initial post: 24 Oct 2009 19:01:58 BDT
L. A. Brown says:
right, my friend and i have a pact i will read two books that she desperately wants me to read and in return she will read any two books i suggest, this is collossal this is coming from a girl who has only read harry potter and twilight and nothing else!
so first book i set her was bridges of madisson county - she didnt like it, winced at the sex scene because they were 50! (shes only 19) , didnt cry at all and blamed the girl for ruining her familys lives and didnt 'get' robert kincaid! i need help to find a book to make her fall in love, and i think i may need to return to classics - any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Oct 2009 02:59:08 GMT
'Bobby's Girl' by Bernie Morris. Set in the 50s. A different world of tragic romance, betrayal, jealousy and pain. The newest version has been written as a novel rather than a biography and is much more reasonably priced. The author is going to try and 'switch off' the older version.

Posted on 25 Oct 2009 21:50:05 GMT
Laurianna says:
Gone with the Wind is an amazing love story, even better than the film. My favorite book (light entertainment and not deep) is A Hunger like No Other by Kresley Cole. just gave my copy to my Aunt! (she is a young Aunt :) I have bought it 3 times as it keeps getting passed around and I dont get it back as someone is reading it!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Oct 2009 23:45:14 GMT
How about, Jane Eyre : Anna Karenina :Madame Bovary or Lady Chatterley's Lover. If the last one doesn't work then I'd give up trying with the Classics !!!!!

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Posted on 29 Oct 2009 20:05:00 GMT
Jane says:
Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons. Every friend I have recommended it to, has said it is one of their favourite books now. I have read Twilight and Bridges of Madison County, and despite loving both of them, would still rate Bronze Horseman higher. Good luck!

Posted on 29 Oct 2009 22:47:05 GMT
D. Shaw says:
Agree with Jane,.. The Bronze Horseman, its Brilliant!! I love most of Paullina Simons books

The Bronze Horseman

Posted on 30 Oct 2009 14:27:46 GMT
Omega_female says:
Its not literature, but if you want to get her reading and she likes Meyer (ACK!) then try her on any of the following.

Kelley Armstrong
Kim Harrison
Ilona Andrews
Patricia Briggs
Rachel Caine

All are stunningly good urban romance/fantasy writers, who write about strong sexy female leads (who all have love interests) with detailed back stories.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Oct 2009 15:08:50 GMT
LEP says:
Rebecca by D. DuMaurier

Posted on 30 Oct 2009 16:38:16 GMT
Krytical says:
Ignoring the (ACK!) I enjoyed Meyers contributions. If your friend enjoyed them then my suggestions would be:
Kresley Cole - Immortals After dark series (A hunger like no other is the first one). Vampires, werewolves, Valkyries etc with plenty of steam thrown in. Really couldn't put these down. Ended up having to read each one twice as I flew through them too quickly eager to see how it ended. I've loaned these to several friends and they have all adored them.

Gena Showalter - The Lords Of the Underworld series. Immortals, Titans, Greek Gods and yes, more steam.

Lara Adrian - Midnight Breed series. More gorgeous vampires warriors out to stop evil, with plenty of romance inbetween.

Rene Lyons - Templar Vampire series. More of an adult twilight. Cursed Templar knights with love and sarcasm. Constantine is a great character.

This sounds like all I read is Supernatural Erotica and at the moment, that's pretty much true. I've read a lot fo the classics, I'm just responding to this from personal experience and where I went after reading Twilight. Good Luck!

Posted on 30 Oct 2009 20:45:57 GMT
For real romance try these,

Judith McNaughts "Paradise" and "Perfect"
Bittersweet by Lavryl Spencer

All three real tearjerkers

Posted on 31 Oct 2009 18:44:08 GMT
Bookworm says:
The Bronze Horseman is as good as they come, also Paradise. My two all time favourites.
100% satisfaction guaranteed.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 14:07:07 GMT
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Hamstead says:
I HATED Bronze Horseman - one of my wallbangers of the year - sorry. The characters were just too modern and American.
Edited to say Try Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris - now TV series Trueblood is based on her vampire books.

Posted on 1 Nov 2009 20:48:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Nov 2009 20:51:17 GMT
A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb is my all time favourite book. I've read Twilight and Harry Potter and found this WAY better!!! It is nailbiting and tearjerking, and I read cover-to-cover before I did anything else!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 21:45:21 GMT
Helene says:
Really did not like the Bridge of Madison County either, for the same reasons as your friends' apart from the sex scene (can't remember it, so I probably wasn't shocked!!), I recommend The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver. The girl in it is about 20 I think, and her story... it's just fun and insightful and easy to read and serious and light at the same time.

Posted on 3 Nov 2009 22:58:51 GMT
Helene says:
By the way, talking about classics, why did nobody mention Pride and Prejudice??? I have read it about 30 times and by the way, might start again for the 31st time tonight!!! Not to mention North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (maybe a bit long for someone who doesn't read often.)
An easy one with romance and humour and travel : A Town like Alice, by Nevil Shute, and The Far Country by Nevil Shute again.
I have just revealed my treasure reads...

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 10:09:42 GMT
T.C says:
Try The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen. I'm 20 and I really enjoyed it - it has everything the title of your thread asks for. Although not a 'classic' it is set in 1890's Manhattan, so has a lot of period detail to it. I found it one of those novels I just couldn't put down!

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 13:48:20 GMT
AnetteF says:
I would like to second the list Omega_female has put forward. I think you need to give her books that are along the lines of topics she likes. Once she has become a more regular reader, then she may have a look at other things driven by her own curiosity.

Posted on 4 Nov 2009 14:11:20 GMT
Try Shelley Laurenston, again like Omega_Female, not literature but very funny (I kept embarassing myself on the train laughing out loud), supernatural romance.
Or Kelley Armstrong as mentioned earlier, but maybe the Dimestore Magic set as these are based around witches and sorcerers rather than the werewolf series.

Posted on 5 Nov 2009 09:04:51 GMT
Kelkie says:
I have to admit I loved Twilight & Harry Potter but have since been recommended several "supernatural" books that just do not compare, so if it was me I wouldnt get her anything to do with that because she will always compare it to Twilight & wont like it. I would possible recommend Sophie Kinsella (Undomesticated Goddess or her Shopaholic series) very light hearter & funny romance, The Notebook is another good one as is P.S I love you if she is looking for the tearjerker kind of story....They are probably not to everyones taste but they are what I started on before becomming obsessed with Twilight :P

Posted on 5 Nov 2009 21:26:29 GMT
L. A. Brown says:
thanks to everyone for all your suggestions, i really appreciate it, im going to try out some of the books, and if i love them as much as you do, ill send them on, thanks a lot :)

Posted on 5 Nov 2009 21:38:02 GMT
AnetteF says:
Good luck, L.A. Brown.

@K. Scarfe - which were the 'supernatural' books that disappointed you? I read more 'regular' fantasy on the whole, but have read the Kelley Armstrong series 'Women of the Otherworld' and thought it by far superior to 'Twilight'. To be honest, looking past whether I liked the story idea, I thought that the standard of writing of the first 'Twilight' book was pretty low. It took me a while to get hooked enough on the action to be able to see past things that my teacher would have used his red pen to highlight. Thankfully, the book (and series as a whole) did improve as it continued and I am glad I stuck with it. But it was a close call.

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