Okay, so it’s no longer October 16th. But some of us tend to be a little behind the times (two hundred years behind the times, for the most part, so if I’m only five days late, I feel I’m doing well). There’s been a flurry of activity across the Web as bloggers list their top sixteen romance novels in honor of the birthday of Kathleen Winsor, author of Forever Amber, on October 16th. You can find a sampling of the lists on Romantic Times and Racy Romance Reviews.
Since I’m writing this in rather a hurry, mine are in no particular order (and some might have been either promoted or demoted had there been more time for reflection). They may not all be shelved in the romance section, but what they do have in common is a strong emotional impact and the power to keep me up reading until the wee hours of the morning.
So with all the caveats out of the way, here’s my List Of the Moment:
— Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
— Trade Wind, by M.M. Kaye
— Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon
— The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery
— The Blue Sword, by Robin McKinley
— Almost Heaven, by Judith McNaught
— The Nonesuch, by Georgette Heyer
— Evelina, by Fanny Burney
— Persuasion, by Jane Austen
— Nine Coaches Waiting, by Mary Stewart
— Secrets of a Summer Night, by Lisa Kleypas
— Royal Passion, by Jennifer Blake
— A Company of Swans, by Eva Ibbotsen
— Through a Glass Darkly, by Karleen Koen
— Paradise, by Judith McNaught
— I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
What are your top sixteen?