Not everyone wants to read Regency romances (or sci fi or westerns or . . . ). BUT if you venture into that sub-genre, let me recommend Mary Balogh.

Typically a hero and heroine have to take risks and overcome obstacles in order to be together. Once they’re together, the assumption is they will live happily ever after because, well, they’re the H and H. But Balogh’s stories often unite the couple early on and then their struggle is to find love and happiness in that union. Not everyone’s grandmother tells them this truth: if you want happiness, you have to commit to and work at it, every day. These H and H’s discover this and so work for and earn happiness.

Plus she has great characters, male and female. Not all of them are good-looking or easy to love, but then, that’s pretty real. These are super good romances. Read on!

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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