My Favourite Reads

Below is a list of books I’ve read in the past and heartily recommend….

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The Bridgerton Series (a series of 8 books) by Julia Quinn  Julia Quinn has given me hours of pleasurable reading with her Bridgerton books. She writes in the Regency period and though sometimes her writers voice can be a bit american, her books are page turners. The Bridgerton series can be read in any order, but I recommend you try and read them in order. My favourites are “The Viscount who loved me” and “Romancing Mr Bridgerton”.

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Lady Hartley’s Inheritance by Wendy Soliman  Wendy Soliman is one of those writers I congratulate myself on finding. This is a lovely gentle romance set in the regency period. The heroine in it goes on a wonderful personal journey of discovery, and the hero is everything you ever wanted in a man (and more!). Highly recommended.

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Chance to Dream by Lynne Connelly This ebook was another great discovery. Set in the 18th Century, it is a breath of fresh compared to the usual tat that seems to get published. This book has a hero who – well, you’ll have to read it to find out just what a wonderful hero he is. What I loved the most about this book, is the tenderness the main characters shared. The plot is really interesting, the historical detail brilliant, and overall, I finished it sorry that it was over. Again, highly recommended.

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Faro’s Daughter by Georgette Heyer. I’ve read and enjoyed many of Heyer’s books, but for some reason this the one I look back on having loved the most. I think what I like most is the battle of wills between the hero and and the heroine in the story. It’s a brilliant story. Most recommended.

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The Ladies Paradise by Emile Zola. This book is set in late Victorian Paris and tells the story of how the department stores in the city took all the customers from the smaller shops. There is a great love story in this too. There’s so much to this book it’s hard to sum it all up, but it’s a forgotten classic and would make a wonderful costume drama.

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Cross Stitch by Diana Gabaldon. This book is a romance, come time travel, come saga. It’s the first in a series of books, and can be read on it’s own. In fact, I’ve tried to read the second book but lost interest. However, this first book is still highly recommended. The story is about a nurse in the 1940’s who travels back in time to the 1700’s and meets and falls in love with Jamie Fraser. I won’t say any more, except that this is a great book.

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