Monday, May 5, 2014

Carrie Lofty Keeps 'Whispers of Heaven' On Her Shelf

by Joyce Lamb)

(Photo: Gallery Books)

Carrie Lofty, author of Blue Notes ($1.99 for a limited time!), shares three books that will stay on her keeper shelf to infinity and beyond …

Perhaps not surprisingly, considering my historical roots, my three favorite romances are all historical. They're what I grew up reading, when you couldn't turn around without seeing a Western-themed novel on the shelves. But along the way in the '90s, I found these gems I'll never part with.

• First up is Candice Proctor's Whispers of Heaven, set in colonial Tasmania, where the heroine, Jesmond, falls in love with Lucas, a man serving time as an Australian convict. The tension in this novel is astonishing because if they get caught, he will be hanged. Period. There were times I was literally holding my breath, fearing for their safety. Proctor now writes the Sebastian St. Cyr series as CS Harris, and happens to be the sister of …

• Penelope Williamson, author of The Outsider, which is like Witness with a happy ending. Rachel is a widow among the Plain people (a fictional Amish community in Montana), and Johnny is a gunfighter on the rough road toward redemption. Told from multiple points of view from people throughout Rachel's and Johnny's lives, I'm convinced this gorgeous novel would not be published if shopped around today!

• Finally there's Patricia Gaffney's To Love and to Cherish, featuring Christy Morrell, probably one of the most famous beta heroes in all of romance. He's a vicar in a rural English village, where turning the other cheek has never been sexier. His lady love, the fallen woman named Anne, will break your heart. They are opposites in every sense except for the devoted friendship that grows between them.

Here's the blurb about Blue Notes:

For fans of Jamie McGuire and S.C. Stephens, a sizzling new adult novel featuring the tumultuous relationship between a young piano prodigy and a reluctant billionaire playboy—set against the vibrant backdrop of a New Orleans college campus.

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