Yakkety Yak – Historical Heroines: Ladies of a Golden Age

Posted April 29, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Let's Chat / 10 Comments

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Yakkety Yak...Let's Chat

Something a little different for this discussion.  We’re going to build a custom reading recommendation list.  The list will be pretty specific and the idea comes courtesy of a fun comment discussion Debbie @ The Reading Frenzy and I had.

I will be starting this list with a few that I’ve read and can recommend and I would love for you, our readers, to add to the list through your comments.  Add one; add a dozen!  All are welcome.

So, what are we looking for with this book recommendation list?

Historical Romances in which the heroine is 30 years and older.  That’s right!  Share those titles in which the heroine is beyond her first blush of youth.

I’ve likely read more- in fact, I know I have, but here’s what I’ve got to get you started:

  1. Only Beloved by Mary Balogh*
  2. The Lure of the Moonflower by Lauren Willig*
  3. The Last Outlaw by Rosanne Bittner*
  4. The Duke of Olympia Meets His Match by Juliana Gray
  5. Autumn Duchess by Lucinda Grant*
  6. Lady of Quality by Georgette Heyer
  7. The Admiral’s Penniless Bride by Carla Kelly
  8. Someone to Love AND Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh (out later this year)*
  9. Thief of Shadows by Elizabeth Hoyt*
  10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

*Titles are from later in a series


And, for those looking for older heroines in other genres, I should point out that Kristen Ashley has a long list of over 30s in her backlist of heroines.

Now, it’s your turn!  What have you got for book recommendations for heroines over 30.  Historical Romances are the focus, but hey, toss in your other romance genre titles, too.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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4 years ago

I wouldn’t be able to tell you mine but it’s always interesting to have books like that

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

I think so, too. Since I started making the list, I’ve become hyper-aware of the age of the heroine in my reading. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
4 years ago

I don’t read historicals thee days so I don’t have any recommendations.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

No worries. If you want to add any from other genres, feel free, Mary. 🙂

Alyssa Susanna
4 years ago

Dang, Thief of Shadows is the only one I could think of. I hope you get lots of recs!!!

Have a lovely week, Sophia. =)

Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Alyssa Susanna

Hey, no worries, Alyssa. I don’t expect a long list. It’s tough to remember the ages of the heroines after a few years. 🙂

Thanks, Alyssa! You have a good one, too.

Christy LoveOfBooks
4 years ago

I don’t read a whole lot in this genre and I’m terrible about remembering details like ages. The only one I can recall (only because your list reminded me) is Outlander. Even then I didn’t even pay much attention to her age and their age difference back when I first read it, which thinking about now is actually pretty cool.

Sophia Rose
4 years ago

That was my dilemma when I started my list. There were a bunch that I just was not sure how old the heroine was so didn’t count them. I have a feeling some of them were older.
Yes, I loved that Claire was a little older when Outlander started and kept aging through the series. She had to start a little older so all the stuff she knew and how well she took it all when she ended up in the past made sense.

Joann Downie
Joann Downie
4 years ago

I love HR’s, but can’t honestly remember reading any with ladies over 30!! That ought to be a challenge!!LOL

Sophia Rose
4 years ago
Reply to  Joann Downie

Yes! Challenge accepted. Hope you find some good ones, Joann.