In honor of today being my parent's anniversary (Happy, happy anniversary, parents!) I'm kicking off the Genre posts with Contemporary Romance.
So, what is a Contemporary Romance?
This is from the ACFW Genesis site:
Contemporary Romance: The love story is set in any location in a contemporary setting, and is the main focus of the novel. The end of the book is emotionally satisfying. The stories in this category can be dramatic or comedic.
Pretty straight-forward. The love story is the central story thread, and it takes place in a 'now' time. The first romances I read were contemporary when they were written, but by the time I got ahold of them, they were historicals. :D
I started reading some Grace Livingston Hill when I was in Jr. High. Her books The Christmas Bride and Partners are my favorites. Then I moved on to Essie Summers. Essie was a Presbyterian minister's wife from New Zealand who wrote sweet romance set in that country for Harlequin/Mills & Boon. She had a long career, writing more than 50 books. I have all but one of her novels. That last one is proving elusive! The last time I came across The South Horizon Man by Essie Summers, the vendor wanted $450.00! Gasp!
Recent favorites in the contemporary romance genre: Camy Tang's Sushi Series. Sushi for One was WONDERFUL! If you haven't read it, well, what are you waiting for???
What about you? Any favorite contemporary romances?
And to my sister, Kathleen, happy birthday! She was born on my parents' first anniversary. Isn't that cool?