April 16, 2014

Readers Helping Readers
Historical/Paranormal Questions

Can you help readers find a missing historical or paranormal romance title? If you have any answers for these questions, please email TRR, and be sure to include the month, letter & question number so we can list them accurately! We left up the unanswered questions from last time, too. As always, thanks for your help! And don't forget to check out the Contemporary Romance questions page.

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March # H 1

The book is I think set in Scotland. Starts with the guy taking the girls maidenhead at court and being forced to wed her. His first wife I believe died in childbirth so he doesn't ever want to get his new wife pregnant so tells her to use the sponge method. She comes from a big family and isn't scared of childbirth so she doesn't use the sponge method but pretends she is. She gets pregnant and in the end has triplets. 2 boys and girl. The girl is small though and they don't think she will make it. But a wet nurse cares for her and keeps her from dying.

SOLVED! This is HIGHLAND WEDDING by Hannah Howell. It was also published under the title PROMISED PASSION.

March # H 2

I'm looking for a book series about a family from modern times who meet members of a family from the middle ages due to several "portals" that transport them through time. I only read one of the series, in which a woman with sisters who have "hippy-ish" names gains possession of an estate in England. She meets a quiet, gruff man who works in a mechanic shop and sides as a guitarist/lute player. He's very afraid of her because her life's work deals with his past, which he ran away from to to the current timeline. But they keep getting thrown together and fall in love. It ends with them going in to the past, the woman sees her sisters who have married men from his family, the man fights for his family in a battle at their castle, and they get married in the end.

SOLVED! This sounds like ONE MAGIC MOMENT by Lynn Kurland, part of a large series of books that started with A DANCE THROUGH TIME.

March # H 3

The book I am looking for is about a young woman who has to marry a highlander in order to rescue her brother who trespassed on their land. Because the highlander was not happy about his impending nuptials, he offered to take her as a concubine for a year and then proceed to marry her should she be suitable. Insulted, she marries him and then has to go live with him in his castle. I remember her bringing her house French chef with her to the new castle. Later on in the book, the husband/highlander goes to France and there he is held by the king of france and she has to go rescue him.
At some point in the book, someone tried to poison her and the highlander manage to save her by feeding her honey.

SOLVED! A reader suggests A KINGDOM OF DREAMS by Judith McNaught.

March # H 4

I am looking for a historical romance that includes an older woman or spinster. I know that the hero is an aristocrat (possibly an older brother of one of her friends). I think the plot has something to do with her wanting to experience sex. I believe he volunteers to teach her in making love. They go to his estate that only has 2 servants for like a month and fall in love there but go separate ways after. At some point they get back together and possibly there was a pregnancy. It is not Suddenly You.

March # H 5

I believe it was set in England. It is about a girl (the heroine) who mom has just remarried. In the first chapter the heroine new step-father keeps coming on to her and then finally tries to attack her...she stops him by stabbing him in the hand with her sewing scissors...he proceeds to lock her in her room...later she is informed that they...her, her step-father, and mother are leaving for court.

She is forced to sleep on the ground/go hungry during this trip...before they make it to court, the step-father stops at the castle of one of the more powerful dukes? in the kingdom whom he says is a friend. Really the duke cannot stand this man and the step-father in fact owes him money.

The step-father ends up leaving the heroine and some dirty wool to the duke in payment of his debts...duke and girl are forced to marry...duke is angry...thinks he has been tricked by girl's step-father...she tells her new husband of the how horribly she has been treated at the hands of her step-father but he (her new husband) doesn't believe until they go to court and he sees the scar on the step-father's hand where she had stabbed him with her scissors.


March # H 6

I'm looking for the title of a Historical Romance set in England where the hero was tricked into marrying by the heroin's family. He thinks she was in on it and after the wedding night he goes to his mistress. He goes off to war leaving her with his family and never writes, although she writes to him. She eventually leaves his family and is housekeeper for a relative (cousin?). She falls in love with another man, but her husband finds her and makes her come home to help him gain custody of his infant brother (His mistress hooked up with his dad while he was a soldier). I remember the scene when he finally finds his wife she is looking longingly at another man on horseback. She has a happily ever after with her husband and I believe the man she thought she loved had a book of his own in the series.

SOLVED! This is THE EARL CLAIMS HIS WIFE by Cathy Maxwell.

March # H 7

I'm also looking for the title of Historical Romance set in England where the hero and heroine are forced to marry. He did not want her and I think told her to stay out of his way. The only detail I remember is that she went out every evening and he thought she was meeting a lover, but she was actually going to a friend's house to stargaze with a telescope.

SOLVED! This is WHAT A LADY WANTS by Victoria Alexander.

March # H 8

Well I read this novel about six to seven years ago. It was not a new book at that time. It is a time-travel romance. The story starts with the heroine introduction, where she travels from our time to the past. She carries some items from present too.. I don't remember may be a pen or torch or camera .. no idea. Then she meets the hero who is a warrior. I suspect may be a viking warrior. He is already in curse and also brother to the God (Thor). I remember the name Odin too. Sone confusion here. The hero and heroine somehow fall in love and they do all those things. Later they solve something.. a big trauma... but the heroine finds herself in our present time. She is vexed. She realizes she is pregnant by the warrior and somehow finds a way to come back to the warrior. Port opens and the warrior meets her. They marry and she meets the God brother and they live happily ever after. I strongly suspect this one as jude devereaux's, but i could not find the book and locate it.

SOLVED! A reader says, "This actually sounds like a combination of two books by Karen Marie Moning: BEYOND THE HIGHLAND MIST and THE HIGHLANDER'S TOUCH." Another reader suggests UNTIL FOREVER by Johanna Lindsey.

March # H 9

In the book the heroine is abducted in the beginning during, I think, her cousin's wedding by the cousin's thought to be dead ex-fiancé. I believe that the ex-fiancé is there at the wedding acting as a servant. The heroine is abducted out of the cousin's bedroom when she goes up to prepare the room for her cousin's wedding night. Two henchmen abduct the heroine. I think that the heroine is then taken to an isolated castle, maybe in Scotland, and there she beats up the henchmen, giving one a black-eye. When the ex-fiancé finally shows up at the castle he finds out that the abducted the wrong girl and is angry. Mean while, the heroine retaliates by attacking him, putting thistles in his bed, and dumping cold water on him during a bath among other things. There is also a moment in the book where the roof caves in and dumps snow all over the bedroom that the ex-fiancé is staying in. The two bedrooms that the heroine and the ex-fiancé stay in are connected by a hidden passage way also.

SOLVED! This sounds like SO WORTHY MY LOVE by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

February # H3

I read this historical a few months back where girl is already engaged to an earl. But a duke becomes attracted to her and tries convincing her to break it off. She keeps resisting. The duke invites her to a party where he arranges for his mother to discover them in a compromising position. Just before the set up scene, the heroine walks in on the earl abusing a maid sexually and the earl tries to attack the heroine too, so she is compromised and forced to marry earl for money I think. But duke comes to the rescue and marries the girl the next day.

February # H7

The story is about a young woman who ends up at this party, I think she was set up to marry some upstanding guy, (he turns out the opposite) and the story is set in a time where women didn't wear trousers. She goes to this ball dressed in a modern type outfit, then something happens, and she's sent to a room with erotic carvings. This woman is sort-of afraid of sex at this point. Then she gets stuck with the Captain of a ship who at first is not-so into her. I think the ship is called the black unicorn. They travel all over and the woman learns how to use a type of astrolabe. On one island (I think in India because she ends up in pants an a dress-like top) she is almost raped but decks the guy with her astrolabe. They escape an travel to a tropical Island where the chief's wife feels bad for her since she's thin, has no man, and no child which helps the Captain make a better trade. The relationship between her and the Captain has grown to love. They go to China and she dresses like a man, while they sleep in the same room they end up making love on a pallet. They trading business is a success and I think they get married, but I'm sure she stays with him as his navigator.

February # H8

The plot revolves around a young widow with a child, who lived with her nasty husband and his family. They are stiff and formal and seem to disapprove of everything she does. I believe she has long blonde hair. I seem to remember a scene where she is flinging china plates, cups, etc. off a cliff. She was now a widow and throws the china because of a past incident when she was married and accidentally broke one of the blue and white china cups.

I believe the story setting is on a tropical island, or a tropical area. Her husband's business or the family business needed a tropical or warm setting.

As part of her inheritance she now has this farm or business and knows almost nothing about running it. The romantic aspect of the book involves her fear (especially her fear her growing attraction) of the overseer of the ranch/farm who is dark skinned and possibly Hawaiian. I don't think he is Native American.

I remember a scene when the child becomes seriously ill during the night. She has to ask for his help because he knows a lot about medicine and healing. Of course she is fascinated by him, and is quietly lusting after him in her heart. I remember, during this scene, he wears a brief cloth around his hips. And when he kneels down, the cloth reveals the side of his muscular thigh, and she is aroused by the sight of a pagan tattoo that runs up his leg until it is hidden by the knotted cloth. Eventually they give in to their mutual attraction.

February # H9

This younger woman ends up staying at an older mans estate, and he doesn't try to seduce her. He denies his feelings for her, but is overwhelmingly attracted to her. There is a scene in a greenhouse where she tells him it's hard to be a lady because women have to turn down advances and challenges him to turn down hers. She doesn't realize she already drives him crazy though and when she touches him he goes mad with need. I remember very little honestly, but it stands out to me still because parts of it are written from his point of view, and rather than going after her he tries to resist and the emotion from him is so powerful. I know she is younger and he tries to hide his attraction from her because she needs a place to stay.

February # H10

Its about a girl who gets sold off to marry a rich old lord to support her family and give him a heir. Upon her wedding night his bastard son returns and the torture begins of him drugging his father every night and raping his fathers new bride to get her pregnant I think her name was rianna or brianna He carries and sometimes drags her by her hair through tunnels under the castle to his chamber and she fights him off violently. She eventually falls pregnant and he falls for her and tries to make amends but she isn't interested and tries to get away from him but he doesn't let her. He tries his best to seduce her in a softer way but fears the damage is done. The book basically ends there and I suspect there wouldve been a sequal.

Readers, if you have any answers for these questions, please email TRR, and be sure to include the month and the question number so we can list them accurately! As always, thanks for your help!
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