This Monday’s give away is a little bit different. This week’s book isn’t an advance copy. Quite the contrary. This is a book that first came out before I was born. But I’ve discovered that I have duplicate copies, so it seems only right to send one on to a good home.

So this week, I give you… Elizabeth Marie Pope’s The Perilous Gard.

Here’s the official (very short) blurb:

perilous gard In 1558, while exiled by Queen Mary Tudor to a remote castle known as Perilous Gard, young Kate Sutton becomes involved in a series of mysterious events that lead her to an underground world peopled by Fairy Folk—whose customs are even older than the Druids’ and include human sacrifice.

Highly recommended for fellow fans of Pamela Dean’s Tam Lin, Patricia C. Wrede’s Snow White and Rose Red, and anything faerie (with an “ae”) or Tudor.

So, for a chance to win my extra copy of The Perilous Gard, here’s your question: what’s your favorite oldie but goodie book?

The winner will be announced on Wednesday.


  1. Lisa Ireland on June 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

    The first book to pop into my head is “Rose In Bloom” by Lousia May Alcott.

  2. Randy Riddle on June 19, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Gone With the Wind, will always be my favorite! Second in line would have to be Emma, by Jane Austen.

  3. Jennifer Reedy on June 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Anne of Green Gables

  4. Kylene on June 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Jane Eyre
    (It’s a hard question because I love so many old books!)

  5. Kierstin on June 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    I am a sucker for Dante’s Inferno

  6. Annette on June 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

  7. Laura Parker on June 19, 2017 at 11:40 am

    I’m going to say “Emma”, Jane Austen!

  8. Daniele K on June 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    To Kill a Mockingbird

  9. Claire on June 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Katherine by Anya Seton is my go-to oldie but goodie.

  10. Susan Craig on June 19, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Either Sunshine by Robin McKinley or War For The Oaks by Emma Bull

  11. Linda Alkire on June 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith!

    • DJL on June 19, 2017 at 11:43 pm

      Rifles for Watie is awesome!!

  12. Linda Alkire on June 19, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith.

  13. JDL on June 19, 2017 at 11:59 am

    My favorite oldie (1950’s) is a novel by Brigitte Von Tessin written originally in French. It is set in France of Louis 14. It covers time period from 1640-1680’s and the relationship of the Comte de Racon and his illigitimate son Martin.

  14. JDL on June 19, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    OOPS! The Bastard is the title of the novel by Brigitte von Tessin.

    • DJL on June 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      Yup, The Bastard is pretty awesome! (Thanks to JDL, aka my mom, for introducing me to it!!)

  15. Karlene Barger on June 19, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.

  16. LynnS on June 19, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I first read it when I had just started Scottish country dancing and I was amused at how relevant the dance related still passages were 200 years later. Plus, it had Henry Tilney, who is the most underrated literary hero of all time. But that’s all right, the rest of you keep drooling over Darcy. Meanwhile, I’ll take the hero who likes to dance, read novels, isn’t a neat freak, and owns several puppies!

  17. Francie Harville on June 19, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    As a teenager, I read Gone With the Wind several times, as well as Jane Eyre. I discovered Jane Austen in my last year of college, and Agatha Christie, as well. I remember sitting in the laundromat, devouring an obscure Christie book many, many nights in those years. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, and Persuasion is, I think, my oldie but goodie, but I am still occasionally pulled to the Yorkshire dales and have to read Jane Eyre and Villette every once in a while. 🙂

  18. Carly on June 19, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    There are probably others, but the one I think of right now is Pope’s own Sherwood Ring. That or Touch Not the Cat.

  19. Ellen Measday on June 19, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    A favorite is ‘The Sherwood Ring,’ also by Pope.

  20. Betty S. on June 19, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

  21. carla on June 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Daddy long legs

  22. Selby on June 19, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.
    It’s books like these two that were my gateway to romance novels as a girl!!!

  23. Jessica Lowe on June 19, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Katherine, by Anya Seton

  24. Betty Strohecker on June 19, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Love Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave, Du Maurier’s Rebecca, and Robin McKinley’s Beauty. Anything historical fiction or fairy, so this sounds great.

    There’s another Betty S. # 20? Thats how I used to sign.

  25. Susan Willis on June 19, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    Anything by Mary Stewart. ? Absolute favorite is These Old Shades by her. Another book I love is A Message from Absolom. Can’t remember name of the author . . .

  26. Julie on June 19, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott. Other favorites have already been named in previous comments!

  27. Amy M on June 19, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Emily of New Moon is one I’ve loved since I was 10. I also remember discovering old books by Ruth M. Arthur at the local library and devouring all of them. Requiem for a Princess and The Saracen Lamp were big favorites.

  28. Laurice on June 19, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    A Wrinkle in Time

  29. Anne Rouyer on June 19, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Perilous Gard is my all time favorite book! For realz! Another all time fave is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley.

  30. Shannon on June 19, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    I love Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Jane Eyre is also pretty fantastic.

  31. Tara on June 20, 2017 at 6:25 am

    Wuthering Heights. It really moved me as a young woman when I first read it at age 18. I was swept away by the beautiful, dark scenery and the intense characters.

  32. DJL on June 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    To Have and To Hold, alternate title By Order of the Company, by Mary Johnston: an honorable hero, a desperate (and beautiful) heroine, colonial Virginia, marriage of convenience, lords & ladies, pirates & swordfights, a shipwreck, a dastardly villain, a loyal sidekick, an actor-turned-pastor…golly, this one just has it ALL. Definitely an oldie but goodie 🙂

  33. Jessica C on June 21, 2017 at 6:25 am

    How old? From childhood – the Anne Shirley books and The Magic Faraway Tree books. From adulthood – all Jane Austen (particularly Emma and Persuasion). I’ve also always LOVED Aesop’s Fables – even BEFORE I could read I’d listen to cassette tapes with those stories narrated (thankfully read plainly, not hyped-up or dumbed-down like they usually do for things aimed at kids).

  34. Dianne Casey on June 21, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    My favorite oldie but goodie is “Gone With The Wind”.

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