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A Dear Author – Zola Books Exclusive Sale on Barbara Cartland

Diana Reading Cartland

Dame Barbara Cartland is for sale. Well, okay, not her exactly but Zola Books has offered Dear Author readers an exclusive sale on five Barbara Cartland novels. Here is the link.

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Dubbed the “true Queen of Romance” by Vogue magazine, Dame Barbara Cartland’s illustrious and prolific career spanned eight decades and resulted in over 700 novels. Not only is Cartland considered the best-selling romance writer of all time, but her novels were beloved by her step-grandaughter, the late Princess Diana. (Yes, that is Princess Di reading Barbara Cartland)

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Each book is on sale for $2.99, a discount from the $4.99 price. The sale will run from Dec 12-18 for the titles Pride and the Poor Princess, A Dream from Night, Fascination in France, Love is Innocent, and Kiss from a Stranger.  These titles can only be purchased at Zola Books.

Someone should write a book called Love in the Ellipses, an homage to Dame Cartland…

If anyone does buy these, would you write review(s) of them for Dear Author?  I think it would be awesome to host a few reviews of Cartland novels.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Julia Broadbooks
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:39:07

    I read these buy the armload as a young teen. And reread them. I keep seeing them on Amazon but I worry they won’t live up to my recollection (which is pretty gauzy and romantic but scant on the details of any of the stories).

  2. Janine
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 10:52:50

    I read some in my early to mid-teens but I recall being frustrated that they all seemed alike. Then again, in my teens I was all about drama and angst–my taste wasn’t what it is today.

  3. hapax
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:37:38

    @Julia Broadbooks: “Gauzy and romantic but scant on the details” is just about the perfect description of any Barbara Cartland book.

    I used to gobble these up by the truckload when I was a teen, although even then the excessive innocence of the heroines bordered on the TSTL for my tastes, and the last page sex scenes (always described euphemistically as “a glimpse of Heaven” filled me with the giggles.

    But my, the covers were gorgeous (the ones by Francis Marshall at least). I shall have to pick these up for old times’ sake.

  4. Ros
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 11:51:57

    I tried reading a Barbara Cartland a few years ago to see if it lived up to my teenage memories. I won’t be trying that again.

  5. Jane
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:00:27

    Just an FYI, these titles are only available at Zola although there are others at Amazon and other retailers.

  6. Jayne
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 12:07:59

    @Ros: I actually still have a few of my old copies of her books but I’m fairly certain my reaction would be similar to yours.

  7. Susan
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 13:21:05

    As a teen, I knew Cartland books were cotton candy–fluffy and overly sweet. But I guess I had a taste for cotton candy because I devoured them by the dozen. I can’t imagine reading one of them today, but will keep my fond memories of them.

  8. Tanya
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 14:44:45

    Does anyone remember when one of the networks (CBS, I think) made movies from a few of her Regencies, and one starred Helena Bonham Carter? Good times.

  9. Ros
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 15:05:21

    @Tanya: Oh, sure. A Hazard of Hearts was the HBC one, I think. And there was another set in Monaco or Monte Carlo or somewhere like that.

  10. Misti
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:45:58

    LOL – I loved A Hazard of Hearts when I was a kid. I think it was A Ghost in Monte Carlo. And don’t forget The Lady and the Highwayman with Hugh Grant. I have never read anything from Barbara Cartland (and don’t intend to start) but I have great memories of those movies.

  11. DS
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 17:56:00

    I have some Barbara Cartland books laying around. A friend and I occasionally do dramatic readings of the more idiotic ones, trying to figure out how to denote the vastly overused ellipses. Of course we also do dramatic readings of the local Police Blotter articles in the newspaper.

    I can’t imagine trying to read a BC book with serious intent.

  12. Ros
    Dec 12, 2013 @ 18:05:34

    @DS: ” trying to figure out how to denote the vastly overused ellipses.” Like you’re falling into a coma, as one friend of mine once described it.

  13. cecilia
    Dec 13, 2013 @ 07:18:52

    It looks like Lady Diana there is falling into one of those ellipses.

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