April 22, 2014

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Historical Questions
Last Two Month's Answers


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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 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 # H1

Book is set in the 1800's-1900's; main character's name is Elizabeth/Lizzy. The beginning of the book starts off with her and her friend (they are around 12-14yrs old) they were attending a town function that happens every year, she saw the guy that she has a crush on and she wanted to get his attention so she decides to stuff fruit down her top to make it look like she developed breasts. She walks down the stairs and the fruit falls out of her dress and rolls right in front of her crush's feet. I believe he yelled at her (not too sure) her dad then decides to send her away to live with her aunt (her mom passed away and she has brothers) she leaves and her time spent with her aunt was to teach her how to be more lady like also her aunt tells her to never go by the name Lizzy. Years have past and she is now in her 20's she decides to go back to her home town and its the day of the function again. later in the story her and her crush end up being on a boat, and they run out of oil they have sex(losing her virginity) she ends up getting pregnant (has a boy) i think her dad/brothers force the guy to marry her, I believe he then starts to resent her so he decides to go away for work on a boat I believe as a fisherman, he then realizes he actually loves her, he goes back home i think he tells her and then at the end of the book they're in the hospital and she's giving birth to a baby girl.

SOLVED! This is HEAVEN KNOWS by Elaine Coffman.

February # H2

I read this book approx 10 years ago but I am sure it is older than that. It is a historical or Victorian romance (set late 1880's?) about a French gentleman (who is a twin) and he attends a ball in place of his brother and this is where he meets "the one". She is an American daughter of a banker and her younger sisters name is Rose (I remember this because Rose gets a ring that has 4 gems and they spell out her name). When the American family return to New York the guy follows and then tries to woo (I want to say her name is Elizabeth) and after a little while they marry. He uses her dowry to buy a ship and she ends up stowing away for some reason I think because they have an argument. There is dual in there somewhere after that. But that is about all I remember. I know that at the beginning she was basically a plain Jane but turned into a beauty. He likes the way she smells because she uses lavender soap. They honeymoon on a beach and he cooks for her. He also says Je t'adore and she says it sounds like "shut the door".
It is just the small details that I seem to remember. I have no idea who the Author is or the title of the book but I think the book had a light purple cover.

SOLVED! Well, maybe. Some ideas: VELVET IS THE NIGHT by Elizabeth Thornton (heroine is not American, though) or JUST WICKED ENOUGH by Lorraine Heath. Neither are a perfect match, but might be worth a look.

February # H4

Looking for a historical romance from maybe late 80's-mid 90's. Heroine was being held against her will by Hero. Do not recall if she was abducted, given or sold to him. She attempts escape, and finally gets away, but ends up walking in circles and after maybe a few days is on the brink of dying do to lack of fluids and severe sun burn. Hero locates her after searching for several days, and nurtures her back to health. I know it's not Devil's Embrace, nor Elise and Max, Katherine Woodweiss, sorry can't think of the book title. Maybe it's a Joanna Linsay or Judith McNaught?!? I may be confusing and mixing two books, but could it be thenbook where a Hero lived in a castle, and everyone in his village thought he they could please the secluded lord by giving him a "virgin"? In that book, the girl was drugged, I believe, but I don't recall if he ended up keeping her against her will, so I may be merging two books!!!

SOLVED! Well, maybe. A reader thinks this could be CAPTIVE BRIDE by Johanna Lindsey.

February # H5

I am looking for the title(s) or the name of the author of a Regency romance series that has come out this year. The premise is about a mother who has gone missing and her children begin searching for her. The first book involves the oldest son, an Earl or Viscount, I think, and the second book involves his younger brother, who he is somewhat estranged from. There are two other children, one called Ian--whose book is the next in the series--and a daughter. Can you help me track this down?

SOLVED! A reader suggests the House of Trent series by Jennifer Haymore: THE DUCHESS HUNT, THE ROGUE'S PROPOSAL, THE SCOUNDREL'S SEDUCTION, and several more.

February # H6

I'm looking for a book that I read in the mid 90s It's a single title, historical and is set in the western frontier. I believe the author's name started with a C. The plot revolves around an innocent young lady with long red hair, who lives on her own. She comes across a man who was injured (maybe got shot) and against her better judgment, decides to take him back to her home and nurse him back to health. He starts off being ornery with her, unappreciative, and they don't really get along. She begins to regret caring for him, but is drawn to him. The more she cares for him, he eventually falls for her. He either doesn't remember who he his, he eventually does, or he hides it from her (can't really recall). He turns out to be wealthy and they end up on a ship for some reason, where drama ensues.

SOLVED! Try A MAN'S TOUCH by Rosalyn West, though there are probably others with this same theme.

February # H11

A young girl lives on a farm in the late 19th or beginning of 20th century in America. She falls in love with a man (his name was maybe Jack and he was a bit older than her) who works on her fathers farm. He was always a little refusing but she still loved him. Somehow she lived in his house for a while and then she got pregnant. She got sick and needed help; It was really bad; she almost died. After that, they married secretly. When her father saw them kissing and being together he got angry and then something happened, I think he got shot from someone. Before he died he made peace with his daughter and the heroine told him that they married.

SOLVED! Try ANOTHER DAWN by Sandra Brown.

February # H12

The gist of the novel is a young girl who desperately wants to impress a man she thinks she is in love with. After riding on the back of her horse standing up (thinking this will do the trick), her father, having had it with her antics, sends her to France to live with her Aunt and learn to act like a lady. She becomes quite popular in France, after making friends with one girl who's brother is somewhat of a rake, and has become quite close to the main character also. But she catches the eye of A Duke I think it was, during a costume ball, who finds out her father is going to end up in debtors prison after gambling issues. He pays off the mans debt with the condition that he is given her (main character) hand in marriage. I also remember one chapter where after acting high handed, and irritating her, she leaves him in the middle of a dance, or she tries, I can't remember which. I believe it is a regency romance.

SOLVED! Try WHITNEY, MY LOVE by Judith McNaught, or perhaps DEFIANT ANGEL by Stephanie Stephens

February # H13

The story is set after the fail of some sort of Scottish uprising,the king of England orders english Nobel men to marry Scottish heiress. The hero of the story marries his wife when they were both just kids I think he was 14 and she was 4 or 5 maybe older I forgot. Anyways they marry and he goes back to England because it all a political marriage. Years later He's a total payboy and lives it up. till during a ball he see this beautiful woman walks into the room with hair like red wine and he falls for her. He get her to agree to be his mistress. Leter on he finds out that it was actually his wife that he fallen in love with and she only came back to get pregnant by him because her clans man were try to over trough her. Hope what I said gave you enough to find it. By the way the hero is a second son he has older brother who a earl I think? and also a sister who ends up running away and marrying his best friend who also a rough like him, and at first he disproves of the marriage but later on he's ok with it.

SOLVED! This is A TASTE OF SIN by Connie Mason.

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