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Romances set outside the US or England/Scotland

… well, mostly.

Recently I put out a call for romance novels set outside the United States, England, or Scotland – for extra difficulty, you could suggest ones without American or English main characters.

We ended up with a decent list! Because I have not personally read most of these, I can’t guarantee that every one has an HEA. If I suspect or know that a book doesn’t have a happy ending, I’ll note so with an ***. 

The notes below are a mix of comments from the contributor and my own research.

Contributed by @honeybeeshepherd

Contributed by @lizabethstucker

Contributed by @jamjamque

Contributed by @sequinedably

  • @sequinedably​ says Mary Balogh has a book set in Venice, Italy. I don’t doubt this at all, but after spending a not-insignificant amount of time trying to find the title, I gave up.
  • As You Desire by Connie Brockway. Set in Cairo, Egypt in 1890.

Contributed by @diehard-fangirl​, @not-your-average-romance​, @lucyreadsromance​, and @customerservicebotdolores

Contributed by @not-your-average-romance

  • Rise of a Queen by Chanta Rand. Set in Ghana in 1071. Fair warning: It’s pretty clear from the book summary that the heroine rapes the hero. Rand has also written other books set in Africa.
  • Mystic Cove series by Tricia O’Malley. Set in Ireland. First book is Wild Irish Heart.

Contributed by @lobsterhug

Contributed by @raspberriesandbumblebees

Contributed by @thecrankyagnes​ and @yuubisensei

  • Hell Squad series by Anna Hackett. Currently at 12 books, all set in post-alien-invasion Australia. First book is called Marcus.

Contributed by @theduchessapproach

Contributed by @mariaslozak

Contributed by @alexbookpages

Contributed by @meags09

  • Natasha Anders (author). According to the contributor, she writes romances set in South Africa. I couldn’t confirm settings for her books, the closest I came is A Ruthless Proposition, which includes a one-night-stand in Tokyo.

Contributed by @elenajohansen

  • Escape to New Zealand series by Rosalind James. Obviously, set in New Zealand. First book is called Just This Once.

Contributed by @mariesbookblog

Contributed by @maddie-grove​ and @mariaslozak

Contributed by @maddie-grove

Contributed by @iartiyochi

Contributed by @romancetherapy

Contributed by @lucyreadsromance

Contributed by @sonya-heaney

  • This contribution was a list of authors without specific books mentioned, so I went through their most popular books on Goodreads and picked the first one that fit the rules.
  • Sarah Mayberry (author). The Other Side of Us is set in Australia, at a beach, if I’m not mistaken.
  • Karina Bliss (author). What the Librarian Did is set in New Zealand.
  • Amy Andrews (author). No More Mr. Nice Guy is set in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Nicki Edwards (author). Intensive Care is set in rural Australia.
  • Bronwyn Parry (author). As Darkness Falls is set in rural Australia.
  • Barbara Hannay (author). Zoe’s Muster is set in North Queensland, Australia.
  • Rachael Johns (author). Jilted is set in rural Australia.
  • Stefanie London (author). The Rules According to Gracie is set in Australia.

Contributed by @linotte-melodieuse 

Thanks for the contributions, everyone! Happy reading!

anonymous asked:

Do you have any fairy tale retellings that happen outside the US or England?

Oh, several. :)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (Cinderella in China)

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli (Pied Piper)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella in China-ish)

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Swan Princess mostly in the Amazon; they’re in England sometimes but it’s most set in Brazil)

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Various Russian fairy tales)

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (East of the Sun, West of the Moon in Canada)

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (titular fairy tale in Japan)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Dancing Princesses in fantasy-coded Germany)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (Red Riding Hood in Germany-ish)

The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce (East of the Sun, West of the Moon with indigenous peoples)

Book Recommendations

There’s already a whole bunch of these lists out there but I don’t think it’s a bad thing for there to be even more. A lot of these are far from great works of art but they’re books I enjoyed nonethless. 

  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
  • A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
  • Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.J Johnston 
  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott
  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (if you can listen to the audiobook narrated by Rosamund Pike then I highly recommend doing so!)
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
  • Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
  • The Parasol Protectorate series & Finishing School series by Gail Carriger
  • In The Woods by Tana French
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson
  • Lola and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  • Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  • Far From You by Tess Sharpe
  • The Old Kingdom/Abhorsen Series by Garth Nix
  • Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
  • On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta 
  • Saving Francesa & The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
  • The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Fury by Shirley Marr
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
  • Addicted & Calloway Sisters Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie
  • The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo 
  • Carry on by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

Vanessa. And where is she? When did we lose her, Ethan? She was standing in a quiet room, gazing up at a cross. She reached out, took it from the wall and put it in the fire. And then she was lost. And so alone.

What We Learn?
  • *Emma and Regina in the living room, playing "Twister" while Henry's in charge of the spinner*
  • Henry: Okay, Ma. Right foot on red and left hand on yellow.
  • Emma: *Succeeded* Yes! Twister Savior!!
  • Regina: Oh, please. Long live...The Twister Queen.
  • Henry: Alright, Mom. Right hand on green and left hand on blue.
  • Regina: Okay... *With her right hand on green, reaches for the blue with her left hand and falls* Ow!
  • Emma: HA!! Weak!
  • Regina: *Angrily glares crawling towards Emma's ear* I'M NOT WEAK!!!!
  • Emma: *Jumps in fear, falls to the floor hyperventilating with wide eyes*
  • Henry: *Looks down at Emma raising one eyebrow* What we learn?