Sunday, February 20, 2011

My Favorite Historical Romance Writers

Knit ‘n Teach asked, so I decided to just share with everyone. Some of these go waaay back.

  • Anya Seton—the only title I remember right now is The Winthrop Woman, but I know I read several in high school.
  • Eleanor Hibbert wrote about 200 novels under the pen names Jean Plaidy, Victoria Holt, and Philippa Carr. For some reason, I never read any of the Plaidy books. Victoria Holt was an early favorite and mostly Gothic. The series of books under the Carr pen name is fascinating. When taken in order, they trace the female line in a family throughout the English history. In addition to the plots involving the heroines, they provide a fascinating glimpse into interesting periods. I had to get a list of the books and work with interlibrary loan to get them when I wanted them, but it was worth it.
  • Among the authors more easily defined as Romance writers, my first favorite was Jude Deveraux, most particularly the Velvet series. I have enjoyed others of her historical books, but none of them as much as those first ones.
  • Johanna Lindsey’s series about the Malory family—great fun. I’ve read a few of her other books, too.
  • Julie Garwood. I enjoy her humor. I enjoy her historical books much more than her modern ones.
  • Judith McNaught. I haven’t read one in awhile. I’ll have to look.

Before long, I’ll try to list some romantic mystery writers that I like.

Knitting—I am on the toe of the last Hug Me sock. If the Daytona 500 had not been so exciting, I’d probably be finished. I am planning to do a little extra to these socks when the knitting is finished in an attempt to make the heels a little more hardwearting. If my attempt looks acceptable when I finish, I will share it.

1 comment:

Deb said...

I knew Victoria Holt and Phillipa Carr were one and the same, but I didn't know about Jean Plaidy nor did I know the author's true name. I would add Georgette Heyer to the list, because they depict the Regency period so well.