Top Ten Eurasian Historical Romances
Over the years, the AAR forums have hosted a number of discussions decrying the excessive number of historical romances set in the U.K., and the need for more romances set in other locations. Out of these discussions came an idea to create a mini-poll that focused solely on your favorite historical romances with a Eurasian setting. Unfortunately, the results of this poll were less than we’d hoped for.
Far fewer readers participated in this poll than in the other two polls. And when they did participate, many readers only voted for one or two books, rather than the full ten that we saw in the other polls. We also had to disqualify a number of titles that were set in such non-Eurasian locales as Australia, the United States, or totally in England. This left us with a top ten set in Egypt, the Middle East, India, France, Italy, and the Soviet Union. Your top 10 Eurasian Historicals have a wide publication range, going all the way back to 1926 for one title, up to one 2008 release.
||As You Desire
||Silk and Secrets
||Mary Jo Putney
||The Spymaster’s Lady
||Veils of Silk
||Mary Jo Putney
||These Old Shades
||The Music of the Night
||The Far Pavilions
||The Bronze Horseman
Romances set in Egypt landed the top two spots in the poll. Connie Brockway’s As You Desire was listed as your top Eurasian historical romance. This 1997 release placed 25th in the 2007 Top 100 Poll at AAR. In the AAR Reader Poll for 1997 releases, it was voted the Most Luscious Love Story. It also received honorable mention as Favorite Romance. Harry and Desdemona received honorable mention for Favorite Couple, while Harry was named Favorite Hero.
In second place in the poll is Loretta Chase’s Mr. Impossible, which placed 12th in the 2007 Top 100 Poll. This 2005 release garnered numerous awards in theAAR Annual Reader’s Poll, including Best Romance, Best Cabin/Road Romance, Best European Historical, and Best Hero. Rupert and Daphne were named the Best Couple, and Daphne received honorable mention as the Best Heroine.
Mary Jo Putney’s Silk and Secrets, set in Bokhara, placed third in the poll, while Veils of Silk, set in India and Central Asia, placed fifth.
The most recent entry, Joana Bourne’s 2008 The Spymaster’s Lady, placed fourth in the poll. This book takes place in France in the early 1800s. Two substantially older books by Georgette Heyer – Devil’s Cub and These Old Shades – placed sixth and seventh. Each of these books is partially set in France, qualifying them, marginally, for a place in this poll.
Lydia Joyce’s Venetian-set The Music of The Night placed eighth in the poll. This 2005 release was named the Best Buried Treasure in the AAR Annual Reader’s Poll.
In ninth place is M.M. Kaye’s India set novel, The Far Pavillions. Rounding out the top ten is Paulina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman. This 2001 release introduced romance readers to Tania and Alexander, and received honorable mention as the Most Hanky-Read book in AAR’s Annual poll.
Please check back on Wednesday for results in the Top Ten Contemporary Romances poll. In the meantime, we hope you’ll comment about the results of these two mini-polls on our Potpourri Forum.
Lee Brewer, LinnieGayl, and Cindy Smith
Post to the Potpourri Forum