Today is the birthday of late author, Kathleen Winsor. Fellow reader Maili had an idea along with other readers, in that readers should honor Kathleen Winsor’s memory with doing a list of their favorite romances. A top “16” list as a matter of fact. Jessica from RacyRomanceReviews will have a list of all participants. Anyway, I didn’t think I would get to number 16 but, I’m happy to say “mission accomplished.” Sort of. I did throw in there a couple of books that feature a strong romantic subplot.
Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber
Kathleen Winsor was born on Oct 16, 1919 and she died on May 26, 2003. One of the goals she listed for herself was to write a “bestselling novel” and she did just that with Forever, Amber, a book that was published in 1940 and was considered to be “the first real historical romance.” The book was panned for its blatant sexuality. I’ve never read Forever, Amber and while writing up this post, I did do a quick read of her biography. Her obit you can read here.
The List of “16”
In no particular order, here is my list of “16” romances in honor of Kathleen Winsor, the woman who started it all.
Heart of the West by Penelope Williamson (western saga, features a love triangle)
Reason To Believe by Kathleen Eagle (contemporary romance feat. marriage in trouble)
This Time Forever by Kathleen Eagle (contemporary romance)
Flowers From The Storm by Laura Kinsale (historical romance)
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale (historical romance)
The Prince of Midnight by Laura Kinsale (historical romance)
Bliss by Judy Cuevas (also known as Judith Ivory) (historical romance)
Dance by Judy Cuevas (also known as Judith Ivory) (historical romance)
Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer (historical romance)
My Dearest Enemy by Connie Brockway (historical romance)
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught (historical romance)
Outlander Series (Jamie & Claire rock) (TT, historical, contemporary, fiction)
Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt (historical romantic suspense)
Julia Spencer-Fleming’s Rev. Clare Fergusson series (In the Bleak Midwinter, etc)
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons (Russian Love Story set around WWII)
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart (historical romantic suspense)
Edited add: Seems the genesis of this post for the 16 Favorite Romances in honor of Kathleen Winsor was among three people so my apologies for not giving the correct attribution (because clearly I was missing from Twitter when this discussion took place.)