While Linda Howard’s book Cry No More ended up in first place for the titles, she took fourth place among hanky authors. In addition to Cry No More, six of her other titles received votes. Ms. Howard has pleased AAR readers in a number of categories, and is clearly able to evoke a variety of emotions. While 2003’sCry No More won the Most Hanky category in our annual reader poll, she flipped things around a couple of years later; her 2005 release To Die For earned honorable mention as Favorite Funny.
The fifth place hanky author, Laura Kinsale, had one title in the top ten, and three of her other titles also received votes.
Three authors – LaVryle Spencer, Mary Jo Putney, and Diana Gabaldon – placed in the top ten, but did not have a single title in the top ten. Clearly, for these three authors, it is the body of their work, and not a single, dominant title, that earned them your vote. LaVryle Spencer placed seventh among authors. While none of her books placed in the top ten, six did receive votes, with Morning Glory tying for 20th place.
In addition to taking ninth place among Hanky Read Authors, six of Mary Jo Putney’s titles received votes as well. Ms. Putney is no stranger to this category; her 1997 release One Perfect Rose won as Most Hanky Read in our annual reader poll, and The Spiral Path, published in 2002, earned honorable mention in the same category during the year it was eligible.
Diana Gabaldon landed in tenth place in the poll, and four of her titles received votes, with Outlander ending up in 18th place. Gabaldon is no newcomer to the Hanky Read category. A Breath of Snow and Ashes, published last year, tied with a Karen Ranney release in our annual reader poll.
We invite you to consider these questions and post about these poll results below:
- Do you have to be in the right mood to read a two-hanky read, or do you read them at any time?
- Do you agree with the results? Are there any titles that you’re surprised to see that didn’t make the top ten? Are there any authors you expected to see in the top ten that didn’t make the cut?
- How often do you like to read bittersweet or emotionally intense romances? Are they your preference, or do you like a mix of light and dark reads?
Lee Brewer, LinnieGayl, and Cindy Smith
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1. Laurie Gold left… Wednesday, 22 November 2006 7:32 pm
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2. LinnieGayl left… Friday, 24 November 2006 8:58 pm
I was really surprised by the top ten titles. Only one of my titles — Dream a Little Dream — ended up in the top ten. I really thought my top hanky title — One Perfect Rose — would be there.
3. Jeanne W left… Saturday, 25 November 2006 5:58 am
Hmmn, I’m not really surprised by any of the results, although a few made me raised my eyebrows slightly.
- I’m really surprised that Tapestry by Karen Ranney is in the Top 10, was it ever there before? And I’m curious about Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson, can someone give me spoilers and tell me why she has to marry the hero, considering this is a contemporary setting?
- I would love to see readers’ DIK reviews of these books, it’s so neat reading other romance readers’ take and analysis of good books. I also happened to have scored a copy of Tapestry not so long ago at the UBS, so I’ll have to dig it up to read.
- Even though she didn’t make it in the Top 10 of either Hanky list, I can’t say enough of Carla Kelly. I’m currently reading a friend’s copy of the very scarce Summer Campaign and it is so AWESOME. Finally, finally, a regency-set romance that really delineates the PPSD that many men must have suffered fighting in and through the Napoleonic Wars, unlike the lip service given to it in some many other regencies and regency historicals. Yes, there were so many painful moments, but it makes the HEA for Jack and Onyx so much more satisfying. One of the really, really great Carla Kellys, along with Ms. Chartley’s Grand Tour and 2002’s pick One Good Turn.
- My other pick that also missed the Top 10 Hanky reads was Gallant Waif by Anne Gracie. Kate, the heroine, is full of life and spunk even though her life is full of heartache and sorrow. Ellen’s review was spot on about the ballroom scene, it is one of the most memorable scenes I’ve ever read in a book, one of the most heartbreaking scene of the devastation and destruction of an innocent young woman. Great, great hanky moment, and also great, great reading.
4. CindyS left… Saturday, 25 November 2006 9:43 am
Jeanne – I looked up the titles you mentioned and One Good Turn came in 15th in the Titles category but anything after the 12th slot were points away from each other. Summer Campaign and Gallant Waif did show up on ballots but just not enough 😉
Also, Annie’s Song by Catherine Anderson is an historical sorry I didn’t make that clear. Let me know if you want spoilers still and I will e-mail you privately. I don’t want to make a broad statement about Tapestry but I don’t believe it showed up in the Hanky polls before. That said, it is in the Special Title section under Two Hanky reads and Beauty is in the Eye category. Maybe we can convince someone to write a DIK review for this book since there isn’t currently one at AAR. I can’t because there was a point in the book where my suspension of disbelief was blown away and I stopped reading (3/4 of the way through). I would love to read what it is about this story that others love though! CindyS
5. LinnieGayl left… Saturday, 25 November 2006 1:42 pm
Jeanne, I looked up the results for authors, and Carla Kelly ended up in 12th place. She did actually appear on quite a few people’s ballots, just not high enough to land in the top 10. LinnieGayl
6. Jeanne W left… Monday, 27 November 2006 5:36 am
Cindy and LinnieGayl, thanks for telling me where Carla Kelly ended up. Woo hoo, within the top 15 isn’t so bad. I’m really not disappointed that she didn’t make the top 10, I just wanted to mentioned she’s also a great hanky read author and just a great author period.
Thanks also for mentioned that Annie’s Song was a historical instead of a contemporary. It didn’t make much sense that someone in modern times would be that cruel to a little girl. If your kid had trouble hearing things, it’s so easy to take them to the doctor, have him (or her) run some tests, and diagnose deafness. Thanks for clearing it up, and yes, Cindy, please email me spoilers. I think I’ll still put this title on my TBR pile, it intrigued me enough.
7. Laurie Gold left… Tuesday, 28 November 2006 12:07 am
I was so busy trying to get these comment pages to work that I forgot to vote! It was no great loss in the Holiday poll, but I wish I’d have voted in this one. I honestly don’t know how I’d have ranked them, but here are the titles I’d have included:
A Kingdom of Dreams, Judith McNaught The Wind from Hastings, Morgan Llywelyn Velvet Bond, Catherine Archer The Obedient Bride, Mary Balogh The Plumed Bonnet, Mary Balogh The Temporary Wife, Mary Balogh Tallie’s Knight, Anne Gracie Lord St. Claire’s Angel, Donna Simpson A Fire in the Heart, Katherine Sutcliffe Born in Ice, Nora Roberts Interestingly enough, half of my list is comprised of trad Regencies. TTFN, LLB
8. Jeanne W left… Tuesday, 28 November 2006 4:54 am
It occurred to me that questions were asked about hanky reads, and these are my answers.
I suppose I can read a hanky book any time, but if I know it’s a hanky read, I may not until I feel in the right mood for it. Why? Well, if I know in advance, and I’m feeling blue or stressed, I’m not going to compound it by reading a book that going to induce heart-wrenching sobs from me. I’m also musing if it’s a seasonal thing. I can easily see reading hanky books in any season except the brightness of summer and December, the month of holiday cheer. Why bring me down deliberately during these generally more upbeat times? I like mixing light and dark reads to vary my reading enjoyment. I couldn’t stomach three in a row of either type; the effect would be too sunshiney or too dark. In recent years I have really shy away from the very intense reads, prefering a medium dark book, does that make sense? One example of a medium dark book for me is Texas Destiny. Go figure. One example of an intensely dark book is Dream Fever by Katherine Sutcliffe. That is still in my library, even though I know I’m not going to read it any time soon.
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