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Books by Emilie Loring

Click on a blue link to go to a post about that book. 

** Available on Kindle, U.S.   * Available on Kindle, Canada, Germany etc. +

Written under her pseudonym, Josephine Story:

1914             For the Comfort of the Family: A Vacation Experiment

1917            The Mother In The Home

Written by Emilie Loring:

1922                        The Trail of Conflict**Geraldine Glamorgan, Steve Courtlandt

1924                        Here Comes the Sun! – Julie Lorraine, James Trafford

1925                        A Certain Crossroad **Judith Halliday, Neil Peyton

1927                        The Solitary Horseman Rose Grahame, Tony Hamilton

1928                        Gay Courage**Nancy Caswell, Geoffrey Hilliard

1929                        Swift Water , #2 *Jean Randolph, Christopher Wynne

1930                        Lighted Windows **Janice Trent, Bruce Harcourt

1931                        Fair Tomorrow **Pamela Leigh, Scott Mallory

1932                        Uncharted Seas **Sandra Duval, Nicholas Hoyt

1933                        Hilltops Clear **– Prudence Schuyler, Rodney Gerard

1934                        With Banners *Brooke Reyburn, Mark Trent

1934                        We Ride the Gale! **– Sonia Carson, Michael Farr

1935                        It’s A Great World! **Eve Travis, Jeffrey Kilburn

1936                        Give Me One Summer **Melissa Barclay, Alexander Carson

1937                        As Long As I Live **Joan Crofton, Craig Lamont

1938                        Today Is Yours **Gay and Brian Romney

1938                        High of Heart *Constance Trent, Peter Corey

1939                        Across the Years ** Faith Jarvis, Duke Tremaine

1940                        There Is Always Love **Linda Bourne, Gregory Merton

1941                        Where Beauty Dwells **Diane Vernon, Mackenzie Cameron

1941                        Stars In Your Eyes**Kay Chesney, Drex Hamilton

1942                        Rainbow At Dusk **Jessamine Ramsey, Vance Trent

1943                        When Hearts Are Light Again **Gail Trevor, Gregory Hunt

1944                        Keepers of the Faith **Nancy Barton, Bill Jerrold

1945                        Beyond the Sound of Guns **Katharine Marlowe, Rex Danton

1946                        Bright Skies **Patricia Carey, Cameron Fulton

1947                        Beckoning Trails **Deborah Randall, Timothy Grant

1948                        I Hear Adventure Calling **Fran Phillips, Myles Jaffray

1949                        Love Came Laughing By **Wendy Adair, Vance Tyler

1950                        To Love and to Honor **Cindy Clinton, Ken Stewart

Written “as by” Emilie Loring (at least partially ghostwritten)

1952                        For All Your Life **Anne Kendrick, Griffith Trent

1954                        My Dearest Love **Elizabeth Gilbert, Christopher Bradford

1954                        I Take This Man **Penelope Sherrod, Donald Garth

1955                        The Shadow of Suspicion **Julie Ames, Donald Bruce

1955                        With This Ring **Cynthia Farley, Alexander Houston

1956                        What Then Is Love **Patricia Langston, Andrew Harcourt

1957                        Look to the Stars ** Faith Randolph, Scott Pelham

1958                        Behind the Cloud ** – Dee Tremaine, Bill Mason

1960                        How Can the Heart Forget **Ann Jerome, Myles Langdon

1961                        Throw Wide the Door **Elinor Parks, Steve Sewall

1963                        Follow Your Heart **Jill Bellamy, James Trevor

1964                        A Candle In Her Heart **Leslie Blake, Douglas Clayton (Donald Shaw)

1965                        Forever and A Day **Tony Carew, Rodney Meredith

1966                        Spring Always Comes **Constance Wyndham, Jefferson Gray

1967                        A Key to Many Doors **Nancy Jones, Peter Gerard

1968                        In Times Like These **Page Wilburn, Vance Cooper

1969                        Love With Honor – Randi Scott, Cary Hamilton

1970                        No Time For Love **Julie Bryce, Mark Sefton

1971                        Forsaking All Others **Jennifer Haydon, Bradley Maxwell

1972                        The Shining Years **Sherry Winthrop, Stanley Holbrook


38 thoughts on “Bookshelf

  1. Hi Patti!

    I’m on a rare reading binge this week! I’m on to Behind the Cloud, which you have not yet summarized. [A ghostwritten book.] That is a pretty amazing story that unfolds in the end, but not coincidental as Major Jim had in mind to learn what had happened years before. [No spoilers from me!] I was wondering where they might be in AK. It looks like Joint Base Elmendorf-Ft Richardson (AF-Army) of today may resemble the kind of base which Dee’s brother commanded at the height of the Cold War in the late 1950s. The real bases have been around since WWII. The secret project in the book sounds like a jet such as the stealth bomber that came into being about in the 1980s.

    The book also mentions SAC (Strategic Air Command). I live in the region near Scott AFB in Southern IL and am familiar with that acronym, but there’s no indication from online searching that SAC was ever here, but it is at Offutt Base in Nebraska, where an uncle was stationed for his last stint in the AF.

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    1. My brother-in-law flew B-52s in SAC and also did a stint at Offutt. Those references were post-Emilie, another book with some of her writing, some of others’. I wrote a post for Behind the Cloud and… lost it! I’ll put it back together, now that our serial story has concluded.


      1. Final (?) thoughts now that I have finished “Behind the Cloud”! I just love the sound of “William Hamilton Mason.” Then I realized I like the sound of “Drexel Hamilton” (Stars in Your Eyes) and “Anthony Hamilton” (The Solitary Horseman) was I think the first EL hero I read about. The name Hamilton has some solid timber to it that appeals to me apparently!

        I do think Dee was written as a rather unserious person and Bill would not have exhibited such self-doubt and resentment if written by EL. It’s the post-WW2 generation thinking, I guess, from the ghost writer. They did, however, rise to the standard of EL in their critical moments at the revelations occur.

        I do notice that in the post-war characters, the heroines are rarely college-educated and don’t seem to have a “profession”, while even in the first novel Trail of Conflict, Gerry is college-educated and in Solitary Horseman, Rose runs for local office after her college education. Perhaps that’s more a function of the higher socio-economic class about which EL writes v the ghost writer who tended to write more about middle class people who have to work to feed themselves. [But we see in the 50s-60s movie and tv plenty of middle class boys and girls going to college…eg, Gidget] Oh, well!

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      2. In your observations, we see the differences in world view and roles of men and women that existed between Emilie and her ghostwriters. I chafe a bit at the tendencies of the ghosties…

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  2. Patti, I was noticing as I looked through your Bookshelf list of books available now on Kindle it looks like right now that most of the books that are becoming available are the ones that are only partially written by Emilie and published after her death. I have purchased everything that’s out on kindle but I do hope the family or whoever is making the decisions of which books to publish will release more of the books that Emilie wrote.

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      1. I wonder whether the racial attitudes in some of the original books are an issue for younger readers. On the whole, I would love to see a resurgence in her popularity, but I think her portrayal of black, Asian, and Hispanic characters presents a real problem, especially for readers under 30.

        I discovered EL back in the late 1980s when I was in junior high, and at the time I didn’t really notice the way she handled non-white characters. But thirty years later, I’m married to an Asian immigrant with biracial children, and now I find myself cringing at times. I have a lot of Asian friends and honestly don’t feel comfortable recommending many of her books to them, even though I love the stories.

        The last time I read The Solitary Horseman (one of my all-time favorites), I had to skip every scene with Juno and Jupiter. I appreciate that for the time she lived, EL wrote them as pretty realistic and relatable characters (even though played for comedy), and that the attitudes demonstrated in her books were common then. Unfortunately, the intellectual appreciation for those facts didn’t overcome my visceral reaction to the stories as told. I have felt uncomfortable with other minority characters in her books, too, but it was Horseman that really stuck with me.

        If others have similar reactions, that may make republication tricky at the present time.

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      2. Thanks for this observation, Lori. I understand where you’re coming from and agree that there are cringe-worthy passages that wouldn’t pass muster now. Ironically, The Solitary Horseman takes place in Victor Loring’s home town, where his father ran a stop on the underground railroad.

        The shame of it is that Emilie and her family were staunchly on the side of mutual respect and fairness, actively advocating change that wouldn’t come about for decades more. Have you noticed how often a minority character is the truth-teller in her books? It’s a topic that deserves much more attention, and I hope I do it justice in the biography.


      3. By the way, I discovered your site last night, and I love all the information. I’m looking forward to your book’s publication. I read EL’s books obsessively as a teenager and young adult. It was a great day at age fourteen when I discovered the library in the town we had just moved to owned *all of her books.* I rationed myself to two new ones per trip to the library (and later, as they began to run out, to only one).

        Her heroines really shaped my view of feminine ideals. I was so excited when friends of ours celebrated their silver wedding anniversary with a 1930s nightclub theme a couple of years ago. I finally got to pretend I was dining and dancing like Brooke Reyburne or Nancy Barton. So thrilling!

        I moved to Boston after college, largely because of the images she had planted in my head. Years later, I’m still here. It’s funny to think that so much of the shape of my current life is due to a decision I made because of those books by a woman who died decades before I was born.

        Thank you for sharing about her life and for pouring your energy into this biography. It will be great to learn more about someone who had such an influence on my life.

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      4. Welcome, Lori! What fun it must have been to attend that 30s party. One of Emilie’s dresses from that era—a swishy, peach number—is in the history museum at Blue Hill, and I confess a desire to put it on and slink around in it for an evening.

        I can echo your observation: “It’s funny to think that so much of the shape of my current life is due to a decision I made because of those books by a woman who died decades before I was born.” Now that you’ve found the blog, you’ll get to take some walks around Boston to see her special places. Look for Boston in the Finder.

        I’m glad you’ve found us here and look forward to more of your observations. Wouldn’t she have thought it grand to know how she is still read and appreciated?


  3. On Amazon I found an e-book, Swift Water.
    I can’t include the screen shot here, but I just saw it last weekend. I have purchased 15 of the 18 they have available. Onward and upward!!

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  4. I have been reading Emilie Loring since high school. She has always been my favorite author. About ten years ago I started collecting her books, and the ghost-written ones. It took two years to get them all, and it was an exciting endeavor. My favorite book is “Throw Wide the Door.” Do you have any information about that book? Thank you in advance!


    1. Cindy, I’ve been traveling and fell behind in answering. Thanks for your comment. Good job, getting all of her books in just two years. I am writing about the books in order, so you can see that “Throw Wide the Door” is in fifth place on my list right now–with some more biographical/topical posts thrown in, too. Keep watching for it, and enjoy the others in the meantime!


  5. I have read all the emilie loring booksIin fact. I love Emilie Loring. I started collecting since the late 80’s during my college years. Unfortunately, most of the books were lost during our house transfer.My sisters and i were wondering back then why the books printed in the 70’s were a bit off the “emilie loring style”. Now i know the answer. I cannot wait to tell my sisters that a ghostwriter was involved. Thanks a lot. Im Annie N. Aquino from the Philippines.

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  6. I have a piece of notebook paper with all the book titles written down. I gave myself a quiz years ago and wrote all the characters and a sentence about the plot of each book out of my head. It looks much like your list! My mom wanted to name me Emilie but my dad nixed the idea.

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    1. That’s a great story! Did your mom read the books, too? Every now and then, I’ll get one book mixed up with another or call a character by the wrong name. Then I know it’s time to read that one again. I’ve left the ghostwritten books aside a long while now and am about to read them again. I bet there are a lot of details I’ve forgotten.


  7. Hello! I was considering writing a book myself about Emilie Loring’s books when i just discovered your web page and read about your forthcoming biography. Looks like a terrific site and am delighted someone has put the effort & passion into crediting her works and life with a well deserved biography. Mine was to be entitled “A Fan of Emilie Loring – A Glimpse of Her 20th Century America”. Perhaps a pipe dream for me, because to do her justice the research is essential and yours seems to have been impressively thorough. I ran across her paperback novels last year in a used book & antique store and the owner had nearly all them (mixed in with Grace Livingston). After reading about a dozen, I bought his remaining ones. 🙂 She deserves her place in the sun as an American author and I look eagerly forward to reading your book!

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    1. Marlena, I’m so glad to hear from you. If you have the inspiration, maybe you would consider writing a shorter version of your intent–a magazine article. Emilie does deserve her place in the sun, and a well-placed article showing that her books can be read and enjoyed by today’s audience would be terrific. Between us–the longtime fan and the brand-new one–maybe we can get the public’s eye turned toward her again. Would you like to start with a guest post here? Let’s talk. Write to me at and welcome to the website! (Join us on the Facebook page, too!)


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