Recently, in a comment regarding Rose Lerner’s A Lily Among Thorns, an MBRR reader requested Miss B’s favourite historical romances. Lists of favourites, like canons, ought to be fluid. Miss Bates doesn’t over-think a list. These titles sprang to mind, followed by the “impressionistic” detritus of the reading experience, as wispy as memory. (Except for confirming a few names, Miss Bates did not reread any title in part, or whole.) If you ask her next week, the list’ll likely be different.
Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible: because Rupert and Daphne and a barge down the Nile with a mongoose.
Lisa Kleypas’ The Devil In Winter: because bad Sebastian becomes loving Sebastian when he marries, for convenience, will-of-steel wallflower Evangeline.
Elizaebeth Hoyt’s The Leopard Prince: because spinster-heroine George and man-of-the-earth Harry prove that love and sheep are more important than land and class.
Rose Lerner’s In For A Penny: because immature, sentimental-novel-reading Nev marries number-crunching Penny for convenience and they make love in a folly.
Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Lesson In Scandal: because hero Simon learns that the distance from guttersnipe to lady and exploitation to love is the circumference of a woman’s bicep.
Emma Barry’s Brave In Heart: because Margaret and Theo are bunting, war, love on school grounds, “let me spread my mantle before you,” and love letters.
Cecilia Grant’s A Lady Awakened: because in Martha and Theo the mercantile exchange of services rendered is foiled by friendship and love.
Miss Bates’ minimal commentary is cryptic, riddle-like. If you’ve read any of these wonderful historical romances, leave your impression in the comments. Let Miss Bates know of your favourite historical romances and, if you’re so inclined, your impressions of them.