Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Valentine's Day Contest


To celebrate the most holy of all romance holidays (Valentine's Day!), Penelope is running a contest this week.  What is the most romantic book you have ever read? Leave a comment with the name and author of this love-inspiring book, and you might win a free paperback novel (value of $15.00 or less) of your choice from Amazon. Be sure to leave your name/email address so I can contact you if you win.  (If you're not comfortable leaving your email in a public post, then email me directly.) Penelope thinks that Mary Balogh is the most romantic author there is, and that Simply Love may be the most romantic book of all time. Happy Valentine's Day...I look forward to hearing about your favorite books!
With a loving heart, Penelope

11 comments:

Psyched2Knit said...

My favorite Romance novel is Tear of the Moon by Nora Roberts. It is the 2nd book in a series about an Irish family. The thing that I love is that the heroin is so believable. She's not into fashion, has no social graces, but really loves this childhood friend with her whole heart. Actually, writing about it, is convincing me that I need to read it again.

Penelope said...

Thanks so much, Psyched2Knit! Tear of the Moon sounds like a wonderful book....I'll have to check it out. A lot of Amanda Quick's heroines are like that, too, and I absolutely love her books. Happy Valentine's Day!

Michelle Pressma said...

My favorite is not a romance novel per se. And it's not even one book, but a trilogy of books. The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. The hero, by the name of Daemon, is born knowing he is supposed to be the lover of "Witch" aka Jaenelle, the most powerful witch in existence and the destined Queen of Darkness. This does not take place on Earth or using typical Earth mythology, so these familiar labels have their own cool twists. But the path these two future lovers take to reach one another through the three books is poignant, full of sacrifice and a true sense of dark destiny at work.

Dalton Diaz said...

One of my absolute favorites is not a classic romance novel. Virgins by Caryl Rivers doesn't even have the Happily Ever After (until the sequel), but the story stayed with me. It didn't hurt that I laughed the whole way thru, too. I'm also a huge fan of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I think I'll always be a little in love with Jamie, and Claire showed us that the heroine doesn't have to be a shrinking violet in any way, shape or form.

Marissa Doyle said...

My candidate for Most Romantic Book Ever is also not a romance--it's science fiction: Uncharted Territory by Connie Willis. There's nary a kiss between the hero and heroine, and some readers haven't been able to figure out the point of the story as it ends pretty much as it begins...but in the intervening pages, the characters' outlooks and perceptions have totally changed. I love this book dearly...and what's even nicer, my husband also appreciates what a wonderful love story it is.

Jeanne St. James said...

Ok. This is tough. I'd have to say Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her books got me hooked on romance reading when I was in my early teens. I'd hate to pick just one but if I had to then The Flame and the Flower as my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Not a "romance novel" per se but I could read Pride & Prejudice anytime.

Mr. Darcy's character arc takes him from loathsome arrogance to selfless heroics, and Elizabeth changes as well, becoming less quick to judge and more open-minded. The changes in both of them (and their subsequent growing respect and affection for each other) are both touching and deeply satisfying to the reader.

Plus, c'mon, it's MR. DARCY!

lastnerve said...

It would be so hard for me to pick just one best romantic book but my one AUTHOR that I think just rocks a romance novel is DANIELLE STEELE! OMG, every one of her books is better than the last!

robynl said...

Danielle Steel's book Sisters is a great love story. It is about familial love also as other kinds of love. A great read as far as I am concerned.

Booksrforever123 said...

I would have to say the outlander series. That continuing story of claire and jamie, just touches my heart and even though claire keeps leaving, jamie still loves her above all else.

Anonymous said...

I loved LaVryle Spencer's Morning Glory. Will and Elly's back stories are drawn so well that when they find their happiness, you laugh and cry and root for them all the way. Very touching story.