During the holiday season when it seems as though I don’t have ten minutes to myself, much less time to read, I find myself reaching for my old battered copy of Saving Grace by Julie Garwood or my well worn copy of Paradise by Judith McNaught. Whether I’m nursing a cold, shopping for Christmas presents or running the dog to the vet because he chased a squirrel and didn’t see the tree until he ran smack into it (Yes, this really happened!) sometimes I just want to cuddle up with one of my comfort reads! I love the story, I love the characters and absolutely love to revisit that book (or author) time and again, knowing that it will never disappoint!
Or maybe it starts when I pick up their latest release; I inevitably yearn to pluck my completely loved comfort read off of the shelf. When I finished Ice by Linda Howard, I picked up Mackenzie’s Pleasure which lead to a full Mackenzie series reread, which will lead to reading Diamond Bay, Midnight Rainbow, White Lies and saving the best for last, I finished off with Dream Man. Because I won’t be satisfied until I revisit Marlie and Dane…
And anytime I finish a new historical, I can’t help but want to reach for my favorite Julie Garwood historicals… Author Jill Myles said it best, “The magic is in [her] Medievals.” Who could forget when Madelyn warmed Duncan’s feet in Honor’s Splendour? Or at the end of The Secret when Brodick and Ramsey head to England to find wives? And I have just one word from The Prize – “Checkmate.” When I said – battered copy of Saving Grace, I meant I’m on my third copy – the pages are falling apart and a rubber band is holding it together- so I had better go buy my fourth copy!!
I have Lavender Morning on my bedside waiting to be cracked open and I know once I finish it, I’ll be reaching for Sweet Liar and then A Knight in Shining Armor – which will prompt me to have the unavoidable Taggert vs. Montgomery struggle, forcing (yes, forcing
“And what have you decided?”
“That I wouldn’t mind having an affair with a Montgomery but I’d rather marry a Taggert.”
Or maybe it’s the other way around…
From the magical historicals of Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey, to the comtemporaries of Jayne Ann Krentz, Nora Roberts , Linda Howard or the authors who often crossed genres flawlessly such as Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux, Catherine Coulter, Iris Johansen and Christina Dodd– these are the authors who began and nourished my love of reading romance. No matter how many new authors I fall in love with, to these romance greats, I will be forever indebted.
What is your comfort read? What matches up with your mood this time of year? Are you a Christmas reader? Do you reach for the holiday books? Or do you reach for your old weathered copy of your favorite book?
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