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jenniferdar



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks so much for all the great recommendations! I can't wait to get started on these!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alice Duncan wrote a quartet of books set in 1920's Los Angeles featuring a heroine who is a "spirtualist", Daisy Gumm. I haven't read them (I've read other Alice Duncan books, though) but if memory serves they may be written in the first person, and I'm not sure if they are technically "romances". I think the titles are:

Strong Spirits
Fine Spirits
High Spirits
Hungry Spirits

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A recent marathon of 'Downton Abbey' made me get interested in this time period.

Given that the laws regarding property ownership changed so much in England during this period, I thought it would be interesting to read something set in this era in England. Specifically, I'm looking for novels that would talk about a woman inheriting land or an aristocratic having to deal with losing an estate, etc.

Any recommendations?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

These are not strictly what was asked for, but I do love these books...

Mercedes Lackey, fantasy writer, is currently working on a series called The Elemental Masters. Most of the books are set during the Edwardian period or WWI. The Serpent's Shadow features a half-Indian female physician practicing in London. She also happens to possess strong magical powers. This title features a lovely romance (like most of the other titles in this series). It is not a romance, but it is romantic.

A fun nod to Dorothy Sayers is the character of Lord Peter Almsley, best friend of the hero. (He gets his own book later, Unnatural Issue.) Mercedes Lackey is a great fan of Dorothy Sayers and The Lord Peter Wimsey books. Just out is an anthology of stories by Lackey and various friends, and it might be a good introduction to the series. The title is Elemental Magic.

I also endorse Carola Dunn's Daisy Dalrymple series.

Margery Allingham's Albert Campion mysteries start out in the 1920s. The hero is not very exciting at first, and appears even more of a "silly ass" than Peter. I like the early books, but others prefer them when Albert is a bit older and more serious during the late 1930s and afterwards.

In actual romances, weren't some early Laura Lee Guhrke books set closer to the time requested by the OP?
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Nana



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God is an outstanding paranormal/magic novel set in 1920s Hollywood. The practical friend (maybe sister-in-law, I forget) of a Hollywood starlet has to help them escape the curse of a Chinese necklace. Pekingeses are involved. It's both funny and page-turning. Primarily an SF/Fantasy book but there's a romance HEA as well as some mystery elements.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nana wrote:
Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God is an outstanding paranormal/magic novel set in 1920s Hollywood. The practical friend (maybe sister-in-law, I forget) of a Hollywood starlet has to help them escape the curse of a Chinese necklace. Pekingeses are involved. It's both funny and page-turning. Primarily an SF/Fantasy book but there's a romance HEA as well as some mystery elements.


Second this - I read it when it was previously recommended on one of these threads and really liked it. Never would have known about it otherwise!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PatW wrote:
Nana wrote:
Barbara Hambly's Bride of the Rat God is an outstanding paranormal/magic novel set in 1920s Hollywood. The practical friend (maybe sister-in-law, I forget) of a Hollywood starlet has to help them escape the curse of a Chinese necklace. Pekingeses are involved. It's both funny and page-turning. Primarily an SF/Fantasy book but there's a romance HEA as well as some mystery elements.


Second this - I read it when it was previously recommended on one of these threads and really liked it. Never would have known about it otherwise!


Thirding this. It's a wonderful book.
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