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Revisiting Favorite Books

I remember when I fell in love with historical romance novels. My youngest had just turned one. My sister-in-law mentioned Jodi Thomas, and I decided to try one of her books. Oh, my! I was hooked! Most of Jodi’s books at the time were set in Texas in the late 1870’s. The heroes were strong and tough but had a tender side underneath all those ranch-hardened muscles. And the heroines were spunky and caring. The Texas setting did something to me. I still love those books!


Soon I found Regency romance. Stephanie Laurens, Eloisa James and Julia Quinn became my go-to authors. I also loved Elizabeth Boyle. But about eight years ago, my tastes changed, and I began reading more and more inspirational (Christian) romance. I still do. I read many other genres, too.

During our last move, I donated 90% of my book collection to our library’s book sale. I kept several of my absolute fave books, and the other night, I cracked open a vintage Stephanie Laurens, Devil’s Bride. This is not a Christian romance! It’s pretty spicy–warning you now! But I just love the hero and the heroine and their interactions. Plus the suspense thread kept the story moving.

Another book I revisit from time to time is Mary Wibberley’s Man of Power. This is a vintage early 80’s Harlequin Romance. It’s classic! A modern (at the time) Cinderella tale with a twist. It made a huge impact on me because of the mouthy heroine (virtually unheard of in earlier Harlequins), the awesome settings, and the hunky hero. Mm-mmm! Love that book!

Do you ever revisit a favorite book? Please share the title!!

The super-hilarious–and one of my best friends–Jessica R. Patch had me and the characters from Small-Town Bachelor play a game of Would You Rather (linked) on her blog today.

And my author crush (if you remember, a few years back I got overly excited to meet her at a conference!), Becky Wade, is hosting me on the fabulous, Inspired by Life and Faith blog today! I’m sharing my love of Michigan lakes.

Both blogs are hosting giveaways of Small-Town Bachelor, so stop by!!

Have a terrific day!!


Jill Kemerer is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author of heartwarming, emotional, small-town romance novels often featuring cowboys. She hopes to encourage readers through her books the way so many books have encouraged her. Jill's essentials include coffee, caramels, a stack of books, her mini-doxie, and long walks outdoors. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two almost-grown children. For more information, visit her website,

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