Thursday, February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday - A Simpler Romance

On this day I am excited to find and participate in this hop. For six years I owned a small brick and mortar used book store whose claim to fame was the largest collection of romance novels on Long Island. I would talk to the customers about the various "harlequins" as well as the "single titles" and the authors and subgenres.

While the Romance genre as a whole has come a very long way and is clearly mainstream, it does mirror the society in which we live. Nostalgia being what it is, one remembers a different kind of romance back in the day.

It is to that "different" romance I now harken. A simpler romance where roles were simpler and "courting" was more important and it was important to be with and see someone as opposed to text or email. This time is captured in the Harlequin Romance, Silhouette Romance, and Harlequin Presents series form the 1970s and 1980s. They are clean, straightforward, and short; easily read in a couple hours and yet, often, well-written.

Robyn Donald, Sara Wood, Anne Weale, and Sue Craven were always popular in my shop among this subtype. I recommend looking up the series or the authors for a short, clean, nostalgic romance.


  1. I remember those earlier romances - thanks for featuring them today!

  2. I've always loved short, clean, nostalgic romance. However my favorite is Betty Neels, I think I've read almost all of hers. She may not be very nostalgic but her stories are perfect. I'm going to check out the ones you mentioned since they seem right up my ally.