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Author guest post: romance books I love by Annie Seaton


Author guest post: romance books I love by Annie Seaton

To celebrate the release of her latest book Undara, we asked author Annie Seaton to think about the romance novels she has read and loved. 

Ever since I was in my mid-teens and I discovered romance books, I have been an avid reader of the genre. Essie Summers, who wrote romances set in rural New Zealand, became a fast and enduring favourite.

Since then I’ve lost count of the number of books that I’ve read but I do have some standout favourites that I go back and read regularly. Looking at the list below, I can see that vulnerable and sexy men, and strong women who know what they want, are the heroes and heroines of these stories.

My favourites are not in any order.

by Sarah Mayberry

Suddenly You

I fell in love with Harry and enjoyed watching the relationship between Pippa and Harry turn to love. It is such an Aussie book I could relate to many of the things in it. Many of the scenes made me smile and laugh out loud at times. Yet at the same time, in the context of the growing romance, Pippa does it tough as a single mum, and shows us what a strong woman she is. She is quite capable of taking care of her own needs—all of them—but her realisation that she needs Harry is a sweet moment.

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Sweet are the Ways

by Essie Summers 


This is a story about two truly good people. Even though the hero is a man of the cloth, it is not an inspirational romance. A small village setting, a cast of interesting and quirky secondary characters, and a secret in Elspeth’s past made this one of the most memorable of the Essie Summers romances I have read over the years. I love the New Zealand setting so much, when I travelled there I visited the places that Essie Summers wrote about in her books. This one is a keeper on my romance shelf.

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Cross Stitch (Outlander)

by Diana Gabaldon 

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Like almost every other woman on the planet I fell I love with Jamie Fraser when I read the first book in this series, a long time before it went to a television series. What was the drawcard of this romance? Jamie Fraser! He is the perfect hero; he is sweet, vulnerable, strong, fiercely loyal and has a cutting wit and a wonderful sense of humour. On top of that he is honourable and kind, and fights for what he believes in. This story oozes romance even in the darker scenes between Claire and Jamie.

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by Anya Seton 

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Katherine is an old, old story that tells us of the romance between John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford, in the fourteenth century. I credit this story for growing my love of romance in my teens and developing my love of history as both an academic subject that I followed to university level study, and as a genre I love to read. It was beautifully researched and teaches us that even sometimes true love cannot have a happy ending. It is anther book that is a regular re read for me. (I have three copies of Katherine in case I lose one!)

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Italian Affair

by Annie Seaton 

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This is one of my favourites of my own books and even though I wrote it and know what is going to happen, I cry every time I read it!

Italian Affair is the story of two very different people who have very set ideas…or so they believe…of what they expect out of life. Each of them is a little flawed by their past experiences. I had great fun setting them up, so they had no choice but to fall in love. And then that becomes the dilemma for both Tomas and Brianna. Amy Andrew’s cover quote says it all…I hope readers will ‘laugh, cry and sigh!’ along with the story like I did when I wrote it. Italian Affair is a marriage of convenience trope, which I love reading.

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The Donovan Legacy Series

by Nora Roberts

These four books are the most ‘bewitching’ romances I have read. The heroes are strong, but have a hard time keeping up with the women they fall in love with in each of the stories. The cousins share a secret that has been handed down through the generations. The development of the relationships between the Donovans and their true loves in each of the four books is captivating, and the writing of the emotion is lyrical. These four stories are on my keeper shelf and I go back and reread them each year.

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Annie Seaton

Annie Seaton

Annie Seaton lives near the beach on the mid-north coast of New South Wales. Her career and studies have spanned the education sector for most of her working life, including a Masters Degree in Education, and working as an academic research librarian, a high school principal and a university tutor until she took early retirement and fulfilled a lifelong dream of a full-time writing career. Since 2014 Annie has been voted Author of the Year (2014) and Best Established Author (2015 and 2017) in the AusRom Reader’s Choice Awards. In 2018 Whitsunday Dawn was voted Book of the Year by AusRom readers, and also finalled in the ARRA Romantic Suspense book of the year awards.

Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. In 2016 they visited the Undara lava tubes. The Undara lava tubes stretch for 160 kilometres—indeed Undara is an Aboriginal word for ‘a long way’. Ancient roof collapses have formed a network of caves where plants and wildlife thrive in unique ecosystems. This fascinating geological marvel inspired Undara, and the story of Emlyn Rees, and the Carlyle family.

Readers can contact Annie through her website, or find her on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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