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On Reading Romance


By Susan Carlisle

Susan Carlisle

“Hey, Miss Maggie.”

“Hi darlin’. How you doing?”

Miss Maggie poured a cup of tea and placed it on the bar in the kitchen as I slid onto one of the stools.

“I’m great. I’ve just been sitting by the fire reading a romance. ”

“Then maybe you can help me. Since it’s almost February, I was wondering if you had any ideas about good romantic books that I could read?”

“Shoot, yeah.  How about the oldie but goodie Pride and Prejudice, Dr. Zhivago or maybe the Sound of Music. Another that always gets me is Gone with the Wind. What’s not romantic about Rhett Butler?

Miss Maggie’s white curls bobbed as nodded. “I’ve read most of those. Got any more modern day ones that might be super romantic?”

“How about Shanna, The Perfect Hope, Flirting with Forty. Oh, this one is one I think you will really like. Love Comes Softly. Maybe Winter Sea. Or one written by my housemates, the Petit Fours and Hot Tamales!”

“I already know that those are romantic.” Miss Maggie chuckles.

“Thanks for the tea. I’m off to find another good book in the Library.”

Can you help Miss Maggie out with a romantic book recommendation? She’s a voracious reader and could use a long list.



Mary Preston - January 31, 2013 - 3:59 am

The most romantic book on my bookshelf is OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. Time for a re-read I think.

Marilyn Baron - January 31, 2013 - 7:00 am

Mary, I can’t believe this, but I was going to say the same thing and then I saw your comment. So yes, that’s my choice, too. Any of the Outlander series, but the first is wonderful.

Linsey Lanier - January 31, 2013 - 7:48 am

Anything by Stephanie Bond. :)

Sia Huff - January 31, 2013 - 7:52 am

Hi Susan,
I just read a couple of short and satisfing ones. Tell Miss Maggie to tryLynn Raye Harris’ “Marriage Behind The Facade” or “All Or Nothing” by Catherine Mann. Both are excellent and keepers. I shelved them in the Harlequin section of our library.

Pam Asberry - January 31, 2013 - 8:19 am

I am reading Haywood Smith’s latest release “Out of Warranty.” It isn’t exactly romance but it is hilarious and I know Miss Maggie would love it!

Maxine Davis - January 31, 2013 - 8:34 am

The Proposal by Emilee Harris or Debbie Giusti, The Colonel’s Daughter. Two good ones.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:17 am


I’ve not read Outlander. I’ll have to add it to my list.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:18 am

Okay Marilyn. I’m sold. I be getting a copy for me and Miss Maggie.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:19 am


Stephanie is good. I’ll add hers to the library shelf.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:20 am


I’ll let her know. I agree both authors are great.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:21 am

I think Miss Maggie would love Haywood’s books. Her stuff is wonderful. Thanks for the advice.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:23 am


More good choices. I’ve read Debbi but not Emilee. So I will have to get hers and Miss Maggie and I can have a little talk over tea about the book.

Hildie McQueen - January 31, 2013 - 4:23 pm

There are so many great books out right now, to me a great romance is Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Outlander is the growing vote. I’m going to read it right away.

Sandy Elzie - January 31, 2013 - 5:02 pm

Oh, Pam, you stole my current read! I love Haywood’s books. (Maybe it’s because I can relate since I’m in the “more mature” stage of my life)

I recently read Harbinger of Healing by Connie Stevens and enjoyed it. Oh, and Hot Shot Doc Comes To Town was a great read. :-)

Haywood Smith - January 31, 2013 - 7:59 pm

My favorite books are the Bible (great adventure, drama, love stories), The Good Earth by Pearl Buck; the Crystal Cave series by Mary Stewart (sp?),; Kathleen Woodiwiss’s early books; Philippa Gregory’s books, even though first person, present tense POV wears me out; diana Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series (The first book and Drums of Autumn were my favorites); Gone Withe the Wind, of course; The Birds by Aristophanes (in contemporary translation). I could go on and on, but there’s not enough space.

When I read now for pleasure (which I very rarely have time to do), I love Terry Kay, James Patterson and all his “co”writers, Michael Crighton, Mary Kay Andrews, Dottie Frank, or whatever catches my eye or my interest.

The only things I do not read are post-apocalyptic, “ordeal” books, vampires, urban fantasy, etc. My life has given me plenty of grief for free; I don’t need it in a book. :-)

Haywood Smith - January 31, 2013 - 8:04 pm

I am deeply honored to be mentioned in the poll. God bless you all!

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Thanks for the great suggestions. And the shout out for Hot-Shot Doc. I’ll slip one on the shelf.

Susan Carlisle - January 31, 2013 - 9:25 pm


You have a wonderful list. I’ll pass them all long to Miss Maggie. Thanks for stopping in.

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