Thursday, June 10, 2010
What Are You Reading with Sandra Hyatt
Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, and Georgette Heyer. These three authors were my first loves of romance reading. As a teenager, I found them on my mother's bookshelves and discovered a whole new world, ditching The Famous Five with scarcely a backward glance (sorry Julian). Even now, when I have the time, or the need, I'll dip back into them.
If asked to pick a favorite, I couldn't chose between them, I have so many fond memories of all of them. I do however have definite preferences amongst each of their bodies of work.. Although my main complaint, particularly of the first two are that I'd like their bodies of work to be far more substantial. If only they'd lived longer and had computers.
With the Bronte sisters, Jane Eyre is a perennial favorite. The lonely governess triumphing to find her true love while remaining true to herself. I enjoyed Wuthering Heights when I was younger but it's a little too dramatic to be my favorite. And although it's been quite some time since I read it, I really enjoyed the lesser known Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte, as well as Charlotte's Villette – although I remember feeling tricked by the identity of the hero in that one.
Georgette Heyer – bless her, was far more prolific. And I'm almost pleased to say that I haven't read all of her books. Pleased because that means there are undiscovered treats in store for me. I've loved Venetia, Devil's Cub, These Old Shades, The Grand Sophy, Frederica and The Black Sheep. Her dialogue and sharply drawn characters never fail to enthrall me. And I'm looking forward to working my way through her books.
So what are your favorites? And please, send any Georgette Heyer recommendations my way. I'm compiling a list and am going to work my way through it. It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it.
USA Today bestselling author Sandra Hyatt's third Silhouette Desire, His Bride for the Taking, a tale of forbidden desire, is out in June in North America and July in Australia and New Zealand.