What is Throwback Thursday: Historical Romance Edition?
Traditionally, Throwback Thursday celebrates nostalgia, asking participants to post a personal photo or an image from their past -- usually from 5 to 10 years ago. There are a lot of book blogs that also do a book-related Throwback Thursday. Since Tin and Mary C. are unapologetic lovers of historical romances, they've decided to focus on this beloved genre.
Here are the rules:
1. It must be posted on a Thursday.
2. It must be a historical romance novel published before October 2008.
THIS WEEK I AM FEATURING...
by LaVyrle Spencer
Originally Published in 1989
LOVE IN A STRANGER'S EYES...
In town, they called her "Crazy Widow Dinsmore." But Elly was no stranger to their ridicule--she had been an outsider all her life, growing up in a boarded-up old house under the strict eye of her eccentric grandparents. Now she was all alone, with two little boys to raise, and a third child on the way.
He drifted into Whitney, Georgia, one lazy afternoon in the summer of 1941, hoping to put his lonely past behind him. He yearned for the tenderness he had never known, the home he'd never had. All he needed was for someone to give him a chance.
Then he saw her classified ad: WANTED--A husband. When he stepped across Elly Dinsmore's cluttered yard, Will Parker knew he had come home at last ...
This is an Americana historical (early 1940s Georgia) that makes the reader feel every type of emotion possible. While reading, and re-reading this, I've laughed, cried, and practically hugged the book in pure joy. The story of a recently released convict and a plain, pregnant widow sounds like it could go straight into cheesy, but it never does. The situations that Will and Ellie find themselves in at the beginning are heartbreaking which makes the slow development of their feelings for each other that much more enjoyable. My personal favorite parts are the letters that Will and Ellie write to each other while Will is fighting in World War II.