The Little Old Lady Behaving Badly

A friend is convinced we need more romance novels featuring characters in their 50s and 60s, instead of their 20s and 30s. In other words, our ages, as opposed to the ages of our children. I disagree. I reject a simplistic model of literary identification, where we identify with characters who are like us. A …

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Rose of Acadia

Rose of Acadia, by Margaret Marshall Saunders, is a historical romance. It's not set in the past - it's set in the present - but it was first published in 1898, as Rose à Charlitte. Out of print for many years, it was reprinted in 2002. To fully appreciate this book, some historical and literary context …

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Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor, by Hope White, from 2013, is a Harlequin in the Love Inspired Suspense line. Love Inspired romances are chaste, with nothing more than a few kisses, and there are occasional references to vaguely Christian faith, expressed as non-denominationally as possible. Love Inspired Suspense adds lots of action, at the level of a cozy …

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Is it Hot in Here?

I rarely mention that I am working on a romance novel. Apart from not wanting to overdo the self-promotion, staying quiet about it keeps the writing pressure off. I abandoned the first draft a few years ago, and the much improved second draft outline is moving slowly. One of the challenges is the correct level …

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A Match for Sister Maggy

A Match for Sister Maggy is another Betty Neels book, which means another poor English nurse meets a rich Dutch doctor and has a chaste romance. This one, from 1979, is older than A Girl Named Rose, but slightly less dated and slightly less contrived. It's also been sold as A Nurse in Holland and Amazon …

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Holiday Miracles

Holiday Miracles is a trilogy in the Harlequin Romance series. This series is the original and the core product. As Harlequin describes it, "You adore a feel-good love story! Harlequin Romance offers uplifting escapes featuring real, relatable [sic] women and strong, deeply desirable men. Experience the intensity, anticipation and sheer rush of falling in love. …

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