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Ersteintrag: 20.07.2008 15:14:26 GMT+02:00
Jools meint:

I am looking for a good romance but with a plot!!
The last books I've read were the twilight-saga, the time traveler's wife, the outlander-saga, atonement, pride and prejudice ... and I am looking for alike. I don't want something too cheesy or sloppy were the only action revolves around getting laid.

Thx in advance!!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 20.07.2008 15:22:29 GMT+02:00
Gerd Dürner meint:
Hmm, difficult.

Maybe Nicholas Evans "The Loop", I liked that a lot. A solid romantic story with a real plot, from the author of "The Horse Whisperer".

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.07.2008 14:10:18 GMT+02:00
I. Wahlers meint:
Do you know "the French Lieutenant's Woman" (John Fowles) - or A.S. Byatt's "Possession"? - It's been a long time since I read them and couldn't tell you the plot, but I remember liking them...

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.07.2008 14:20:53 GMT+02:00
Keks meint:
I most certainly can recommend books of barbara wood, "domina" and "virgins of paradise" are the only ones I have read until now, but the others will definitly follow soon. the plot of these books includes historical facts and the role of women in egypt or elsewhere. don't be put off by the titles, the storys are really great.
"P.S. i love you" is another good book - possibly not as good as those of barbara wood, but definitly worth its money.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.07.2008 16:16:31 GMT+02:00
Hazel meint:
Hi Jools,

If you like the Twilight saga, you may also like the Sweep series by Cate Tiernan. In the UK the series' title is Wicca. The first book is called 'Book of Shadows'. It has, among other elements, teenage romance and awsome magic!
You can read an excerpt, if you look up these books on
It is one of the best series I have ever read, positively addictive!

Happy reading!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.07.2008 18:26:34 GMT+02:00
K. Titulski meint:
Hi Jools,

the Mediator series (6 books) by Meg Cabot might get cheesy from time to time (maximum: once a book), but it is definitely about anything but getting laid! (definitely hard to do this between a 150-year old ghost(Jesse) and a sixteen-year old girl(Suze)) There's always a new plot in every book while the romance grows, though the last three books are related through a boy "haunting" Suze who pretends to only want her (best).

hope this introduction made you interested in one of my favorite authors!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 21.07.2008 21:05:50 GMT+02:00
Rosentod meint:
Read the reviews there:
You should find what you are looking for in the categories for books rated A or B.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 22.07.2008 12:57:09 GMT+02:00
Tedesca meint:
Hi Jools,
an excellent book is "The Inhabited Woman" by Gioconda Belli. It combines 2 love-stories with the events around the Spanish Conquista and a guerrilla-movement in modern South America on a high literary level. My alltime favourite book!
Kind regards,

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 23.07.2008 17:39:17 GMT+02:00
Hi Jools,

I find my own taste in books reflected in your short list. Another author that I particularly like is Rebecca Ryman so maybe you should give her a try, too. I can especially recommend "Olivia and Jai" and "Shalimar".

have a good read!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 24.07.2008 15:07:10 GMT+02:00
How about (Canadian author) Douglas Coupland's 'Eleanor Rigby'? It's modern and surprising. The themes are loneliness, nutty family dysfunction, and love discovered in an unusual way.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 25.07.2008 10:43:01 GMT+02:00
Kathleen meint:
I've read all these books too. Lately I really enjoyed
"The forgotten garden" by Kate Morton
"Sepulcre" by Kate Mosse and
"The name of the wind" by Patrick Rothfuss.

They are very entertaining and contain romance too.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 27.07.2008 01:10:17 GMT+02:00
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Caroline W. meint:
I saw you liked the Time Traveler's Wife and Outlander. If you liked those two books, you may really like Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn, by Nell Gavin. It picks up with Anne at the moment of her execution, and follows her and Henry VIII through multiple lifetimes as they and the people close to them reincarnate through time, in various different relationships to one another. They're soul mates, and she has to try to forgive him for putting her to death.

It's really different, and it really makes you think.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 29.07.2008 21:41:03 GMT+02:00
Samtauge meint:
Hi Jools,
try garden spells. It is not like the outlander-saga but you will love it. Just the right thing for the summer. Very positive, charming, every bit enchanting, very good characters, funny to laugh out loud ....


Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 29.07.2008 22:10:05 GMT+02:00
M. Benz meint:
you seem to like exactly the same books that i do. sweet.

a book that reminded me a bit of the time traveler's wife was "ursula, under" by ingrid hill. a small girl of mixed ethnicity falls down a disused mine shaft during a picknick, and the author uses this terrible incident to tell the stories of all her ancestors, from chinese missionaries and finnish traders to her own rather miraculous conception.

a books i really love to bits: neil gaiman's "stardust" is a magical, wonderful old school fairy tale (for adults), about a young victorian man who crosses over the wall to fairie to retrieve a fallen star for his true love. another book in that veign is "jonathan strange and mr. norrel", very jane austen in tone, and it does have a romance subplot...

Haruki Murakami's "Norwegian Wood", the 60ies in japan and tragic teenage love... although it's not strictly romance, but definately literary and very readable.

nicole krauss' "a history of love" is rather sad, but sad in the same way atonement is, meaning in a good way. very good book, but not light reading.

if you liked twilight you'll probably also like holly black's "tithe". just has fairies instead of vampires, mean, big fairies. another good romantic YA book is juliette marillier's "wildwood dancing".

... seem to be a lot of fairies in this post. what a mix.

hope i could help!

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.08.2008 12:21:32 GMT+02:00
Caroline W. meint:
I thought of another one. "What Dreams May Come" by Richard Matheson. It's the fantasy book the Robin Williams movie was based on, about love after death.

This is the description:

A classic novel of love after death, from one our greatest fantasy writers. The premise is deceptively simple: Chris Neilson has died in a car accident, but his life-force--his spirit--is still conscious of this plane of reality. And he is still too in love with his wife, Ann, to completely let go. She in turn does not want to go on living without him, as each regards the other as their soul mate. What Chris will do to get back with Ann after she dies makes for one of the most unusual love stories ever told. Even though the story can be enjoyed as pure fantasy, what makes What Dreams May Come unique is how the author spent years researching the subject of life after death. (An exhaustive bibliography is included to verify this.) And while Matheson admits that the characters are of course fictional, he also states that "With few exceptions, every other detail is derived exclusively from research." Whether, after reading this novel, one believes in life after death is of course a matter of opinion. At least you'll entertain the possibility that, even though we may not live forever, true love can be eternal.

Antwort auf einen früheren Beitrag vom 05.08.2008 15:06:10 GMT+02:00

I'd recommend

The Bronze Horseman
Tatiana and Alexander
The Summer Garden

Veröffentlicht am 22.04.2011 13:41:00 GMT+02:00
Grunt43 meint:
Storm of Prophecy: Book 1, Dark Awakening
Storm of Prophecy, Book II: Pillar of Light

Eyes of the Watchers (Codex Grigori)
Tears of a Demon (Codex Grigori)
Hand of the Vampire (Codex Nosferatu)

Veröffentlicht am 22.04.2011 23:55:20 GMT+02:00
Page Turner meint:
I loved all of Rosamund Pilcher's books.

Veröffentlicht am 30.04.2011 20:57:47 GMT+02:00
[Von Amazon gelöscht am 30.09.2011 21:10:29 GMT+02:00]

Veröffentlicht am 01.05.2011 00:03:26 GMT+02:00
Irma Fritz meint:
Jools, have you read any of the Canadian writer Michael Ondaatje's books? They're not mindless "romances," but literary fiction with wonderfully complex characters and their love stories. The English Patient is one of them. Another of my faves is Divisadero. This is a book I recently reviewed. Check it out, and all my reviews. I'm a lover of good writing and I'm trying to write more reviews on the Deutsche amazon site. Good luck!

Veröffentlicht am 01.05.2011 15:48:42 GMT+02:00
Mine's coming out next months. A paranormal romantic comedy, a bit like Charmed, but funny. I you to go my profile page, you'll find a link to my blog with excerpts. The book's called No Wings Attached. :-)

If you don't mind indie author's, that is.

Otherwise I recommend anything by Cecilia Ahern, Adele Parks and Alexandra Potter.

Veröffentlicht am 02.05.2011 02:57:29 GMT+02:00
Starfield meint:
A Quiet Storm ( for EUR 2,43 by Bernice McWilliams is a contemporary page turner from an American Author, which includes romance, suspense, and adventure and is an economical gift for all occasions. The first chapter can be read at Enjoy and please pass on.

5 star review:
This is one of the most prolific reads I had the pleasure of experiencing this year. Bernice McWilliams is a master story teller who holds her reader captive. If you are looking for a page turning contemporary novel that packs intrigue, suspense, murder, romance, adventure as well as historical facts, this is definitely the book for you. I loved how the words flowed on the page and her use of language. She has a subtle way of educating the reader through endless research used in creating her storylines. The characters are relatable and I found myself cheering them on. I believe Ms. McWilliams can deliver several sequels from this novel in the near future. This novel has the quality of any book that I've read from Oprah's Book Club and The New York Times Best Seller List. Kudos to Kindle for sharing her story!
Patricia Carter

Thank you for your patronage.

Bernice McWilliams

Veröffentlicht am 02.05.2011 16:20:31 GMT+02:00
Z. K. meint:
If you liked "Pride and Prejudice" how about Jane Austen's other novels? There's "Emma", "Sense & Sensibility", "Persuasion", "Mansfield Park" and maybe even "Nothanger Abbey", although I don't think the latter is quite as good as the other five. All of them have the brilliant dialogue, biting irony and the perhaps not always realistic, but all the more satisfying romantic endings .

Veröffentlicht am 02.05.2011 16:41:06 GMT+02:00
This is what you may be looking for.

Moondreams (English Edition)

Veröffentlicht am 02.05.2011 16:54:33 GMT+02:00
Joyce DeBacco meint:
Where Dreams are Born, a Kindle book from a small publisher.

After enduring traumatic childhoods, a single mom and a widower struggle to create a stable family life for their children despite those who would do them harm.

"Joyce DeBacco does a really good job of getting the reader invested in the outcome of this unusual pairing. Enjoy." S. Wurman of Night Owl Reviews.

"This is truly a compelling novel of real life and will stay with me a long time". Judith of The Book Binge.

"Joyce DeBacco pens one of those tales that is warm and loving while still mixed with trials that will touch a reader's heart." Dee Dailey of The Romance Studio

" A well-written romantic novel with elements of suspense. Writing is fresh and evocative, highly readable and interesting." Corina of Big Al's Books and Pals.

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