Love Stories – An Historical Perspective

We have been extremely fortunate to have such wonderful fall weather over the past few weeks, so much so that not even the wind deters Central Montanans to venture outside. This slow, but very pleasant change of seasons, makes me think of books that challenge our emotions. I am not one to read many love stories, but for some reason this time of year makes me think of romance, and new beginnings – whether ill-fated or not.
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The books I have chosen this month are not exactly the run of the mill love stories, but take place in times fraught with high emotions – may it be war, the threat of war, isolation or even, murder. The heroines in these books are complicated and strong, aware of who they are and not entirely ready to be submissive to anyone, regardless of the time in history. The men are also complicated and mysterious, and wounded in such a way (physically or mentally) that only our heroine can save them. Wait, now this is starting to sound like the run of the mill love story! But if you think you have watched all the PBS and Masterpiece Classics that you can handle, and read all of the soppy love-sick series our library has to offer – think again. These five books have great plots regarding the days of old and star plucky heroines and dashing men that will put even Downton Abbey to shame. Susanna Kearsley and Simone St. James are authors of many other books, but the two listed below are my favorites.

1. A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
2. The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons
3. An Inquiry into Love and Death by Simone St. James
4. Colony by Anne Rivers Siddons
5. The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley