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Keira Dominguez | 5 comments So excited to find this board! My name is Keira Dominguez and for the last decade I've blogged about Betty Neels and Essie Summers (clean read mid-century Harlequin legends) at If you want a clean read with a Vast Dutch Doctor and a Poor British Nurse, I can toss you recommendations all day long.

One of my guiltiest Goodreads pleasures is reading one-star reviews given to books almost everybody loves. It makes me feel better as an author (first book, a clean magical Regency, just went under contract! Woot!) to know that you can't please everybody and the passion in a one-star review just can't be beat.

I look forward to joining in the discussions!

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Lynne Stringer | 171 comments Hi, Keira. :-)

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Abigail Bok (regency_reader) | 147 comments Congratulations, Keira! Who's your publisher, if that's not still a state secret? And have you read the novels of Emilie Loring? She started writing clean romances in the 1920s and continued with basically one book a year until the 1970s. Considering the time period you're fond of, I thought you might enjoy them. They are very accurate reflections of the manners and mores of whatever year each is written in. Focus mostly but not exclusively on New England.

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Keira Dominguez | 5 comments I want to give myself time for the contract to really settle as an actual fact in my mind but it's a smaller epublisher (which medium I feel the romance genre benefits from most) and I'm delighted to have a beginning.

Most of the Betties (my blog and FB readers are all Betty So-and-so) have read and loved Loring--I have dipped my feet in and find them lovely. And what you said about reflecting the mores--that's such a satisfying reason to read retro romance. How else would I have learned that, as long as you keep tossing enough toys into the play pen, it's entirely reasonable to spend a morning seeing to the sheep! (Essie Summers, High Country Governess)

Another thing I enjoy with these retro reads is that they were very often produced by women just hitting their stride at 50. How inspiring is that?

message 5: by Keira (new)

Keira Dominguez | 5 comments Lynne wrote: "Hi, Keira. :-)"

Hello, Lynne! Do you have an absolute favorite Clean Read? Something that you would grab from the bedside table in the event of a natural disaster evacuation warning?

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