Do you remember them? They were pretty much Harlequin novels for teens. Whenever I visited my older cousins I was allowed to trawl their collections and borrow whichever titles I pleased as they owned the whole kit and caboodle.
With titles like It's a Prom Thing and Campfire Nights all were set in American high school type settings, or the equivalent holiday fun of camp counsellors and beachside summer jobs. And just like Mills and Boon novels they were numbered, beginning with the first ever # 1 P.S. I Love You. It was published by Bantam in 1981, so I reckon I'm showing my age, or my generation at least..
(For a pretty good list of the books out there, check out Fantastic Fiction, or Amazon - it'll bring back some memories!)
P.S. I Love You was something special. A romance novel to be sure, and the only Sweet Dreams novel without a happily ever after. Heartbreaking book. Poignant, sweet, romantic and truly a weepie. In fact writing about it now makes me soooo want to track down a copy so I can read it all over again.
I can picture myself in my bedroom when I was about 12 years old, the moonlight seeping through the venetian blinds onto my desk as I lay in bed, pretending to be asleep and reading about Mariah and Paul far far into the night. Sigh...
The reason these books suddenly came back into my memory this week? Tomorrow is the 29th of February, a fact that only comes around once every four years. And you know why that is important in romance circles? Because by tradition on that day a woman is allowed to propose to her man.
And I only know this because my very favourite Sweet Dreams book, one I have kept for around 25 years in my treasure chest of "keepers" at my parents place, one I can't for the life of me remember the title of, was about a girl (short dark hair on the cover) who asked the cool boy in school to the prom. There was this whole "learning how to use the computer by having secret email buddy's" side story going on. Anyone remember what it was called???? Boy oh boy am I gonna have to fish that book out the next time I visit my mum and dad. I can feel a reading fest coming on!
Now don't get me started on what I learned from Sweet Valley High ;).Do you have a favourite Sweet Dreams book that you remember reading way back when?
Ally’s next book, FALLING FOR THE REBEL HEIR, is out in
To find out just how a girl goes from reading such books to writing them, pick up a copy from eHarlequin online now, or check your local bookstores next month!