If you are not a fan of the 1960’s western television show, The Virginian , then this title means nothing to you. As a caregiver for an aging relative, I can almost repeat all the dialogue. One episode opens as a young woman and her mother are traveling out west to visit relatives. On the train, the young woman is reading a dime novel featuring the western hero, Deadeye Dick. When an older man saves her from falling off her horse after tumbleweeds spook him, just like Deadeye Dick saved Bessie Burton, she has her hero. Throughout the episode the mother understands that her daughter’s impressionable age is to blame rather than the dime novels and never forbids her the joy of reading them. While watching the show, I wondered how today’s mothers guide their daughters’ reading choices through the immense choices […]
I’ve always had a soft spot for the If You Like pages because they are actually what led me to All About Romance in the first place.
Back in the fall of 1999 a lot of the chaos of my twenties was finally behind me. I’d finished school, grad school, gotten a job, gotten married, and had bought a house. At last I had time to read. For fun. So I turned back to my first love…romance novels. Back in the early 80’s I’d read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s A Rose in Winter as a Good Housekeeping super-condensed fiction highlight of the month. I was eleven, but I still remember the sweeping romantic line drawings on the beige colored insert. I read it in sneak peeks in the downstairs bathroom because somehow I knew this was adult-type stuff.