Ladies of Missalonghi by Colleen McCullough
What: A distressing medical diagnosis prompts a cinderella to live a little.
What’s in it for me: I love that she secretly starts reading romance novels and ultimately takes over the town. Awesome.
Convenient Marriage by Georgette Heyer
What: A plain but lively girl asks a rich man to marry her to spare her older sisters.
What’s in it for me: I love Heyer’s books and this one is my favorite.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
What: A conniving Lady Susan manipulates the romances of various couples.
What’s in it for me: I like ‘bad’ girls and it’s Jane Austen.
Minerva by Marion Chesney
What: Beautiful girl devotes herself to caring for all her siblings, then she is sent to London for a season.
What’s in it for me: I want to see that Minerva costume.
Mara, Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
What: Multi-lingual girl in Ancient Egypt is recruited as a spy.
What’s in it for me: I’d like to see a story set in Ancient Egypt with a female protagonist.
Forgotten Daughter by Caroline Dale Snedeker
What: Young orphan girl in ancient Rome falls for nobleman’s son.
What’s in it for me: I’d like to see a story set in Ancient Rome that doesn’t involve gladiators or wars.
Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
What: A poor but virtuous girl goes to live with her wealthy, shallow cousins.
What’s in it for me: I love the proposal in the hallway with all the galoshes. *sigh*
A bit of history.