Jul 31 2014 7:03am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Historical?

Savage Surrender by Natasha PetersHistorical romance was the top genre in romance for many, many years, and if you found your way to romance by borrowing an older relative's books, chances are you found your way to a historical (not a traditional Regency) at some point in your reading career.

What was your first historical? Do you continue to read them? 

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1. EvangelineHolland
The Valentine Legacy by Catherine Coulter. I still think it's funny.
Writer Margaret Moore
2. Writer Margaret Moore
THE WOLF AND THE DOVE by Kathleen Woodiwiss. It's one reason I write medieval romances.
Darlene Marshall
3. DarleneMarshall
Does Mara, Daughter of the Nile count? I read it in the 6th grade. Otherwise, if we're going with modern romance novel descriptions I'd have to say The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss.
Megan Frampton
4. MFrampton
Barbara Cartland's The Penniless Peer was my first ever romance, but it is so G-rated it's probably close to a traditional Regency. I loved Anya Seton's Katharine, and then when I returned to reading romance, I went right for Amanda Quick; not sure what the first one of those was (I read ALL of them).
The Cartlands of that era had my favorite covers. I wish I could get that artwork for a wall! They were gorgeous!
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
My pick isn't all that old, but still is on my Top 10 list: The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn. I re-read it regularly!

If I look at my Favorites Folder on my Kindle, it's made up mostly of historicals from Sabrina Jeffries, Eloisa James, Sarah MacLean, and Tessa Dare and Julia Quinn (of course)
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
My first historical was also my first romance: Mary Jo Putney's One Perfect Rose!
Writer Margaret Moore
8. pamelia
My first ever historical read was "The Flame and the Flower" by Kathleen Woodiwiss. That kicked me off on a Woodiwiss adventure ("Shanna", "The Wolf and the Dove" and many others) in my teen years. I've re-read all my early favorites and gone on to read tons of historical romances ever since. It's been a few years since I ventured back into the Woodiwiss books though!
9. Kareni
I read Georgette Heyer and Barbara Cartland novels by the boatload in the early seventies before moving on to Kathleen Woodiwiss and Rosemary Rogers and then Jayne Ann Krentz and ....

I read the occasional historical romance over the years (LaVyrle Spencer) before starting to read them again seriously several years ago (Lisa Kleypas, Mary Balogh, Mary Jo Putney, Carla Kelly, and so many more).
Writer Margaret Moore
10. Kate McMurray
Mine was Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale, still one of my favorite books ever. (I had been leery of historicals before that. It proved I was wrong!)
Carmen Pinzon
11. bungluna
@MFrampton, I too read "The Peniless Peer", but I don't think it was my first one. I think that was a Kathleen Wodiwiss, though I'm not sure if it was "The Flame and The Flower" or "The Wolf and The Dove".
Megan Frampton
12. MFrampton
@bungluna, At one point, my step grandmother gave us a lamp she'd made--it was one of those New England fishermen in a yellow coat holding a fish or something--and my dad and I named it Peregrine, after the hero of The Penniless Peer. I was probably about 11 when I first read it. I have never read Woodiwiss!
Anna Bowling
13. AnnaBowling
The Kadin by Bertrice Small, pilfered from my mother's nightstand and read by flashlight under the brass bed in the guest bedroom during a storm.
Writer Margaret Moore
14. Tavi3toes
Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers
Writer Margaret Moore
16. Travelover
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Then I devoured every romance she ever wrote.
17. Kareni
oliviacarel, I'll date myself by saying that I read Mackenzie's Mountain when it came out in 1989. It was a contemporary romance then!
Writer Margaret Moore
18. booklover
I know I read Harlequins in the late 70s-early 80s, and I remember them ending with a passionate kiss. Many moons later (2001) I read Outlander and never looked back!
Susan Lee
19. suelee000
Wolf and the Dove. My cousin would buy and book during here lunch hour and I got to read them when I babysat for her.
Writer Margaret Moore
20. soobey2
Kathleen Woodiwiss, A Rose in Winter.....and then I promptly devoured and hoarded every single book she wrote, lol. I still have them all!
Writer Margaret Moore
21. Kenyalori
Ok, I feel old. The Moonraker's Bride by Madelyn Brent in 1973. I was only 13...
Writer Margaret Moore
22. Lm7418
The first historicals I remember reading were all by Stephanie Laurens: Fair Juno, Tangled Reins or A Secret Love - I can't remember which was first, but a definite theme developed! Sadly, I rarely read her new books these days, but every now and then I go back to the classics!
Writer Margaret Moore
23. Kit B
Skipping past the then YA version of historical romances (Mara, Daughter of the Nile; Kirsti; and The White Tulip being my favourites) to the adult section of the library - which required parental permission at my then tender young age - I read Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis and Sylvester by Georgette Heyer within a month of each other. Even after all these years, they remain 2 of my favourite historical romance authors! I would add Elsie Lee's wonderful but sadly out-of-print tales, along with M.M. Kaye's Shadow of the Moon and Trade Wind. I discovered all four of these authors in the late 1960's-early 1970s and still re-read their books.
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