And thinking of The Blue Sword got me to thinking (I have no idea why) about another book from my teenage years - Elizabeth Marie Pope's The Sherwood Ring, which was first published in 1958:
Newly orphaned Peggy Grahame is caught off-guard when she first arrives at her family"s ancestral estate. Her eccentric uncle Enos drives away her only new acquaintance, Pat, a handsome British scholar, then leaves Peggy to fend for herself. But she is not alone. The house is full of mysteries — and ghosts. Soon Peggy becomes involved with the spirits of her own Colonial ancestors and witnesses the unfolding of a centuries-old romance against a backdrop of spies and intrigue and of battles plotted and foiled. History has never been so exciting — especially because the ghosts are leading Peggy to a romance of her own!Elizabeth Marie Pope also wrote The Perilous Guard, which is a re-telling of Tam Lin set in Elizabethan England. And all of this got me to thinking about the forgotten books. The ones we loved when we were younger. I had a notebook in which I listed my favourite books. (I'm sure I still have it.) An early keeper list you might say *grin* And yes, there are still a few books from yesteryear that I have yet to purchase. One is Madeleine Polland's To Kill A King about a young Scottish girl becomes involved in a plot to kill William of Normandy. (She also wrote Children of the Red King, which I loved.)
My library finally did away with their copy...I so wanted it! I think I may have to just hunt down a copy before it is too late. Come to think of it, there is a strong streak of romance through each of the above books...maybe I started reading romance earlier than I thought?
So, what forgotten keepers do you have tucked away?