Category Archives: Historicals

Avon ARC and Vera Bradley Bag Giveaway (Contest Closed)

Our friends at Avon books are helping AAR celebrate our new look by putting together an extra special prize package for one lucky reader, including coveted ARCs of favorite authors and one from a historical romance debut author.  It includes … Continue reading

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Propose RIGHT!

“Will you marry me? You would be well advised to say no.” These are the words Edmond uses to propose to Mary in Mary Balogh’s The Notorious Rake. I first read it well over a decade ago, but it remains … Continue reading

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Sherry Thomas Winners

Congratulations to Barb in Maryland, msaggie, ensbit5, Karenmc, and JeriR.  They are the lucky winners of an early copy of His at Night by Sherry Thomas. Thanks to everyone who entered.  And be sure to stay tuned for exciting giveaways yet … Continue reading

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Books with Buzz: Sherry Thomas Interview and Giveaway (Contest Closed)

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I love the books of Sherry Thomas.  And, with His at Night scheduled for release on May 25th, those who love historical romance as much as I do have reason to celebrate. … Continue reading

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The Pregnant Heroine

As so many of us have blogged about our reading preferences lately, I began thinking about my own romance likes and dislikes.   As I’ve gotten older or simply have read more, I’ve noticed differences in my reading preferences and have … Continue reading

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Contemporary Clichés

I’ve got my cranky pants on today. First of all, I’ve always loved contemporary romance.  And there are many – many – writers of contemporary romance I love.  Really love.  Welcome to Temptation is my touchstone for all that is … Continue reading

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Speaking of Audiobooks: The Outlander Series

The audiobook standard of excellence in my opinion is undoubtedly the unabridged version of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series as told by narrator Davina Porter.  Specifically, I am talking about the first four in the series:  Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, … Continue reading

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Where Have all the Medievals Gone? – AND a Contest!

I’ve enjoyed historical fiction for as long as I can remember,but it was only in the early 1990s that I started reading historical romance in earnest. As a broke student, used bookstores were my main source of books and these … Continue reading

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Wartime Historical Settings

Does the thought of a bond forged amidst the destruction of war make you think of hope or despair? Seeing a couple fall in love knowing that one will have to go off to war gives a sense of urgency … Continue reading

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Acceptable Anachronism

Though I read many different types of romance, historicals remain at the top of my list. At various times, I find myself turning over in my mind a certain question, though. Why is it that I can easily forgive certain … Continue reading

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