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Old 08-06-2011, 07:36 PM
 
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These are among my favorite books:

"Gone With the Wind"
"The Far Pavillions"
"Outlander" (plus the rest)
"The Thorn Birds"
"The Bronze Horseman"
"Forever Amber"


I find these books to be all-engrossing; they really pulled me into their worlds and transported me.

Based on these books, can you make recommendations for other books in a similar vein (grand, sweeping, historical romance--very well written!)?

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Old 08-06-2011, 08:15 PM
 
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Every book you mentioned is on my shelves. I tend to love sweeping grand family story lines, sooo...if you can find them:

Wild Swan by Celeste de Blasis (first of a trilogy, Swan's Chance, and A Season of Swans)

God Is an Englishman by R.F. Delderfield (followed by Theirs was the Kingdom)

Valley of Decision by Marcia Davenport

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freedman (not so long, but oh-so-sweet)

I'll look around more tomorrow, I know I have some that are slipping my mind. These are older books that were on my mother's shelves when I was a teen, but I believe they're still available on Amazon. Check them out. Definitely worth it.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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While I wouldn't classify it as conventionally "epic romance", nor in the same vein as Gone With the Wind, it was epic for me: Arcadia, by Tom Stoppard. It's a play, it's intellectually engrossing, beautiful and ... romantically epic.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:33 PM
 
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Thanks! I will look those up!

The only one of those I've read is "Mrs. Mike"; I read it some time ago and enjoyed it although it's not one of my top-10

I just ordered "Olivia and Jai".
I keep meaning to read "Katharine" but haven't gotten to it.

Am going to start listening to "Game of Thrones" though obviously it's not a romance. It is epic, though!
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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I keep meaning to read "Katharine" but haven't gotten to it.

Am going to start listening to "Game of Thrones" though obviously it's not a romance. It is epic, though!
...Katharine! It's been so long since I've read this, and I don't have a copy of it any longer. Must find. Thanks lol.
Game of Thrones is enthralling. Read it years ago when it first came out in paperback. Martin is an extremely erratic writer tho...expect new releases when you actually see them in the stores.
If you like fantasy, I have a slew of authors and titles I can recommend there also.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:59 PM
 
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. Martin is an extremely erratic writer tho...expect new releases when you actually see them in the stores.
If you like fantasy, I have a slew of authors and titles I can recommend there also.
That's the benefit of starting the series late in the game. I don't have to wait for the next installment.

Never considered myself a big fantasy fan, except for "Harry Potter". I did love Orson Scott Card's "Enchantment" though. I listened to it and the narrator was outstanding.

I hear "Name of the Wind" is good too.

Go ahead and suggest away!
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:54 PM
 
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One of the greatest GAY romance novels of all times is Maurice by E. M. Forster. It was made into a beautiful movie by Merchant & Ivory, who were famous for their movie adaptions of great novels.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:02 AM
 
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I did love Orson Scott Card's "Enchantment" though. I listened to it and the narrator was outstanding.
Oh, so did I! Stefan Rudnicki became one of the favorite narrators after that book.

Although it is not a romance, there is romance in it - Lonesome Dove reminds me of The Thorn Birds type of story, it's a great book. Also, you might enjoy the Clan of the Cave Bears books, romance in the Stone Age.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:19 PM
 
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C2C, have you read any other of Orson Scott Card's books?

"Clan of the Cave Bears"...hmm, my sister has been after me to read that one. Thanks!
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:36 PM
 
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You're welcome.

Yes, I've read Ender's Game, liked it a lot, and the first two books of the Tales of Alvin Maker series, Seventh Son and Red Prophet, liked them both, and I'm just now wondering why I didn't continue, don't recall. Guess I'll have to revisit Mr. Card.
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