2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell. I love this story and how it shows what went on in the mills during the Industrial Revolution. Doesn't sound very swoon worthy? Try the scene where Mr. Thornton begs Margaret to look back at him when she leaves town. *swoon*
3. Edenbrook by Julianne Donaldson. Set in the Regency era, I love the confusion in this story. It added to the romance and made me race to the end. I love that there are still good, clean romances out there.
4. Persuasion by Austen. My other favorite Austen story. There is nothing more tragic than a thwarted love story. The ending of this one is quite swoon worthy.;)
5. Dear Mr Knightley by Katherine Reays. I keep coming back to this book, since it was surprisingly wonderful. Perhaps the idea of writing letters to your faceless benefactor is a bit weird, especially when you throw in tidbits about your love life, but it works!
6. Blackmoore by Donaldson. I think I like her books so well, since they are "A Proper Romance", much like a good classic. In this one, Kate Worthington thinks she knows her heart and that it is set on India. But, on a trip to Blackmoore, she discovers love when she takes on the dare of a friend. I loved it!
7. Porcelain Keys by Sarah Beard. I loved this story about a young pianist and the young man she loves who helps her become a talented musician.
8. The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen. Much like a Jane Austen story, This one swept me away! This one is, in my opinion, the best of Klassen's novels.
9. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. I loved this one, since it was a futuristic Persuasion, thwarted love story and all.;)
10. Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar. Sarah feels that she is just an ugly young woman who makes a better scribe than a wife. When she saves the queen's life though, she must become the wife of a young nobleman. Placed in a role she feels inept to fill, Sarah soon finds there is more to her than just scrolls and languages.