Readers, if you have a question you'd like to submit, please read
our FAQ on finding a missing book title.
Be sure to look at our current Contemporary
Questions and our Historical Questions
to see if you know an answer. Then let us know and we'll post it.
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
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.
SOLVED! Try SHINING NIGHTS by
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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!