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message 1: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
I don't know about anyone else, but one of my favorite theme's is when a character is an "ugly duckling", and is then transformed into a "beautiful swan". I especially love it when the hero is completely shocked by the transformation. hahaha
Does anyone know of any great books with this theme?


message 2: by Em (last edited Aug 17, 2010 08:37PM) (new)

Em (emily27) | 55 comments Not an historical romance, but Desert Rain by Elizabeth Lowell is about a plain jane who turns into a model- the hero is also very shocked by the transformation. Its one of my favorites- pretty steamy too :)


message 3: by J.D. (new)

J.D. Stroube | 2393 comments Mod
A book I LOVED that featured the "Ugly Duckling Syndrome" was Duke Most Wanted by Celeste Bradley. I'm not very fond of the first two books in the series, but I LOVED this one!


message 4: by Emily (new)

Emily | 3 comments Ugly Duckling by Iris Johanson is another good one.


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Sonya marie madden | 440 comments Emily wrote: "Ugly Duckling by Iris Johanson is another good one."

i loved that book.


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Emily | 3 comments Sonya wrote: "Emily wrote: "Ugly Duckling by Iris Johanson is another good one."

i loved that book."


Me to, one of my favorites.


message 7: by Andrea (new)

Andrea Jackson (paperbackdiva) I enjoyed this one. Diary of an Ugly Duckling


message 8: by L.Y. (new)

L.Y. Levand (lylevand) It's not exactly a historical romance, but Beauty, by Robin McKinley, has a similar theme. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and Beauty is the main character's nickname, though she's not, at first, even pretty.


message 9: by Samm (last edited Jan 15, 2013 12:02PM) (new)

Samm (ashmanrose) Seeking Persephone by Sarah M. Eden
This is kind of like a Beauty and the Beast theme that takes place in the early 1800s in England. I liked it because it was so relatable. No ones looks are perfect and even if they are, they don't last. It's all about personality.

I also liked Melanie Dickerson's retelling of Beauty and the Beast called The Merchant's Daughter. This one has more of a Christian theme unlike McKinley's retellings, which are more about strong feminine characters.


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