Out and About on the Internet

Over on Goodreads the other day, I was asked to list a few of my favorite historical romances– which always raises the interesting question: do they mean historical fiction with a romance component or a romance with a historical setting? The line between the two isn’t always clear, although there are extremes on both ends.

Trying to straddle that line between those two variants, these are the books I chose.

What would you pick if asked your five favorite historical romances?

Meanwhile, there’s a wonderfully thoughtful review of The Ashford Affair that’s just popped up on Heroes & Heartbreakers, which, I think, manages to get right to the heart of the book.

Finally, we have the first of the Passion of the Purple Plumeria give aways coming up here tomorrow!


  1. Donna Thorland on April 3, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Do the Lymond Chronicles count as one book or does that use up all five plus?

  2. Joanne M. on April 3, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    I guess if I was going to a desert island I would pack Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, Forever Amber by Kathleen Winsor, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, Katherine by Anya Seton, and Trade Wind by M. M. Kaye. But I’m leaving out a ton of beloved favorites!

  3. Catie on April 3, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Thanks Lauren! I’m just finishing up the YA Beautiful Creatures series and needed something of a different pace for my next new book. These look like a great place to start… at least to hold me over till Ashford!

  4. Carly on April 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Hmm, I’m realizing many of my favorites are series, I think because I enjoy seeing the story of a romantic relationship over time, rather than the straight courtship story that many romances are.
    C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr novels
    The Heaven Tree Trilogy by Edith Pargeter
    The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

  5. Carly on April 3, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Oops, forgot Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale

  6. Mary D. on April 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Gone With the Wind
    The Scarlet Pimpernel
    Pride and Prejudice
    Sense and Sensibility
    Any Sackett or Kilkenny western by Louis L’Amour (which I believe are Romantic with a capital R, even though they don’t have a whole lot of romance in them)

  7. Lynne on April 3, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Let’s see… Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles,for sure. Deanna Raybourne’s Lady Julia series, Tracy Grant’s Fraser/Rannoch series, the Pink series, Emma – I love it more than Pride and Prejudice – and my all-time favorite – Katherine by Anya Seton(an oldie but so worth reading).

  8. Alice on April 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    1. Lady Julia Grey series by Deanna Raybourn
    2. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
    3. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    4. The Hathaway Family series by Lisa Kleypas
    5. Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati

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