Last week, I wrote a post about relationship porn, in which I argued that the sex in romance novels is the least interesting part for romance readers. The most interesting part, I said, is that the heroes like, respect, and support the heroines. I also said that there are few writers who even try to do what the great Georgette Heyer did, which was to write a cleverly plotted, true romance, one with no sex. (Indeed, many of hers don’t even offer a chaste kiss.) Moreover, those few who do write non-erotic romances tend to write Christian romances. Those Christian romances can be very nice, but they don’t suit me too well.
After I wrote that post, I got an email from Judith Lown, who said that she not only reads my blog (yay! thank you!), but that she’s written a couple of traditional romances, one of which is available on Kindle. I immediately looked up the Kindle edition and, low and behold, I’ve already read it:
Not only did I read A Sensible Lady, I liked it. It involves a young woman who moves into a new home, ends up adopting her orphaned nephew, and is pursued (in a genteel way) by three very different men. I read it some months ago, so I cannot give you a more detailed plot summary than that — nor would I want to. Romances all have the same plot anyway, because the whole point is boy and girl meet, fall in love, and get married. Where they differ isn’t so much in plot as in style: witty or flat, funny or maudlin, porn-y or romantic. Lown’s book, as I recall, is often witty and — and this is why I liked it — very decent. The characters are genuinely good and interesting people. It was a pleasure to spend time in their company, which is the nicest thing I can ever say about a book.