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Romance Books : Reading Joy.

I was once a very avid romance reader, although now its women’s fiction that has taken its place. I happen to like a happy ending kind of book, and at least a promise of happiness.

These are some of my favourite contemporary books that  I have copies of sitting on my shelf, mostly from the past. I still read the occasional recent romance but nothing that really fully satisfies.

Since its February and I missed out on the Valentine theme last week I thought I’d take it up this week.

book coverLong before Virgin River became a Netflix series I had read Virgin River and… all the books that followed. Quite a few as three came out every year for awhile. Robyn Carr writes a good story and there was lots of romance along the way.First Lady

I’ve also read all Susan Elizabeth Phillips books, every single one of them. I think First Lady would be my favourite. The First Lady escapes and journeys around the country with a Dad and two daughters in a motor home. SEP does have a new romance out this year and of course I’ll buy and read it!

book cover I loved all Judith McNaught’s books, and this is one of her contemporary romances. It’s been sitting on my shelf for years along with a number of others written by her. I have no idea now about it so should really reread it to see if I still love it.

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Well this is one by Jessica Bird.  Later on she writes as J. R. Ward. I found all her Jessica Bird books and loved them. Another one I should reread to see how I feel about it now. I think this was her debut book, according to someone on GR. I am not sure but anyway I have them and they still sit on my shelves.

book cover This one is more recent and is YA and contemporary romance. K. A. Tucker has hooked me with a number of her books and I loved this one when I read it in 2019. I have to admit I could easily read it again now, and its why I saved it on my shelf.

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Review

Until You. Judith McNaught

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Until You
Judith McNaught
Publisher:Pocket Books
Date: 1994
Format: Paperback
Pages:437
Genre: Historical romance
Source: Own book

A teacher in a school for wealthy young ladies, Sheridan, Bromleigh is hired to accompany one of her students, heiress Charise Lancaster, to England to meet her fiance. When her charge elopes with a stranger, Sheridan wonders how she will ever explain it to Charise’s intended, Lord Burleton.

Standing on the pier, Stephen Westmoreland, the Earl of Langford, assumes the young woman coming toward him is Charise Lancaster — and informs her of his inadvertent role in a fatal accident involving Lord Burleton the night before. And just as Sheridan is about to speak, she steps into the path of a cargo net loaded with crates!

Sheridan awakens in Westmoreland’s mansion with no memory of who she is; the only hint of her past is the puzzling fact that everyone calls her Miss Lancaster. All she truly knows is that she is falling in love with a handsome English earl, and that the life unfolding before her seems full of wondrous possibilities…

My thoughts
Until You is #3 in  Judith McNaught’s Westmoreland saga.  This is my first reread of a book for this year – it is so long ago since I read this book that I had forgotten much of the story.  This fact has made me hopeful that many other favourites that sit on my shelf could do with a rereading and will be like reading an unread book.  Shock! Horror!
Sheridan – the heroine has had rather an unusual upbringing – a father who enjoys roaming the countryside going where the spirit moves him, also Rafe a gambler and an old Indian, Dog Lies Sleeping.  She is a spirited lass, who can ride the wildest horse and entertain the local camp sites with her singing.  That all ends when her father drops her off at his sister’s place, where she is educated in the more usual way of women of the time.  Later in England, while she has lost her memory, she hasn’t lost her spirit or her innate kindness and thoughtfulness.  
When she arrives in England she comes under the care of the Earl of Langford – who starts out as a very caring, compassionate type of man, even if he is at first driven by a little guilt.  However mainly he has a great sense of responsibility.  As the story twists and turns he becomes somewhat obtuse and unbending. I am not sure that I really like that ploy in a story!  He believes that Sheridan has been leading him along with a supposed memory loss and that he can’t forgive.  It takes all the wiles of his extended family to bring him to his knees.
I enjoyed my revisit with this book, it has encouraged me to reread the remainder of the Westmoreland saga, although I have to say the contemporary books of Judith McNaught are ones I have on my ‘keepers’ shelf as well.
How many of you when you reread a book after many years find you have forgotten a good deal of the book – and if I’m honest in this case I had forgotten most of it!
4 stars