Mar 11 2014 7:39am

What Romance Novel Stands the Test of Time?

Recently, an H&Her said she had picked up an old romance novel she used to love—and the book didn't live up to her memories. We all have favorite books, one we read and reread while in the first throes of passion for the genre, but not all those books are as good five, or ten, or twenty years later.

So—which of your favorite romance novels have stood the test of time?

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1. princessfiona01
Try again...I think its not that the book wasn't as good as I remember so much as my tastes have changed. There are books I read back in the seventies I have reread again and again, but they are not necessarily the books I placed as my favourite at the time.
Darlene Marshall
3. DarleneMarshall
Sometimes the contemporaries can seem really dated, but many of the historicals I've enjoyed stand the test of time. I just re-read Flowers from The Storm and if anything, I enjoyed it more now that I'm older.
4. Lin1974
And some 80's contemporaries now sometimes feel like historicals to me. I recently reread McNaught's Double Standards, where the heroine is a secretary and uses a typewriter and shorthand and the much older hero smokes like a chimney. But even 30 years later, I still rank this among my favorite romances.
5. Kareni
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer and Tell Me No Lies by Elizabeth Lowell are two of my old favorites that stand the test of time.
Carmen Pinzon
6. bungluna
I do re-read older contemporaries, just editing in my mind the jarring tech details. Kathleen Gilles Seidel's series are pretty good, despite the anachronisms. ex. "A Rist Worth Taking".

Older historicals fare better imo. I love old Regencies by Balogh and London, for instance.
7. princessfiona01
Incidentally, I'm listening to Georgette Heyer and still loving them. I started with Richard Armitage but his are abridged and I know the stories too well so I noticed all the missing bits.
Mary Lynne Nielsen
8. emmel
Heyer, Balogh, Garwood historicals, Spencer, Dallas Schulze....actually, now that I think about it, there are a lot of them!
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