Happy Birthday, Charlotte Lamb!

Today, 22nd December, would have been my mother's 73rd birthday, by my somewhat numerically challenged reckoning.

So Happy Birthday to Charlotte Lamb, novelist extraordinaire!

My scanner isn't working again, so no new photo this time. Apologies for that. I'll get it fixed asap. But here are some of my personal favourites from among her books: Dark Dominion, The Tilthammer, Sweet Compulsion, and of course, a popular favourite from her golden era at Mills & Boon, Call Back Yesterday.

Meanwhile, if you have any favourites of your own, do leave a comment and let me know. I may be able to arrange a feature on any requests you may have, such as a Lamb book you've heard about but not yet read.

And do continue to ask about books you haven't been able to find online, or whose titles you've forgotten. Someone out there may have the answer you're looking for.

Now for a little plea.

Although this blog gets hundreds of hits every week, very few people leave comments, which means it's hard to know if I'm hitting the right note or not. So to encourage me to blog more often, do please leave comments to let me know if you've found my features on Lamb books interesting, or if you'd rather read other types of features, perhaps. Or contribute your own reviews and reappraisals. I'd also be happy to feature scholarly articles on Lamb books, plots, influence on later writers, or her style of writing.

Basically, I'm open to new ideas. Try me!

Victoria Lamb


  1. I wanted to oreder "Beware of the Stranger" (1978), I think it is the only book I can't find anywhere so I started to wonder if it really exists or is it an error-as there is the book by Janet Dailey with the same title; or is it the "Disturbing Stranger" written the same year by your mother???
    Please help. I love this blog.

  2. Hi, I found this blog while looking for covers of your mom's books. I'm currently reading "Love's Bright Flame" and finding it a fun elementary recap of Eleanor of Aquitaine's life. I've only read a few of her Harlequin Presents and found her heroes the type I'd love to throw into the wood chipper. LOL

  3. I live in the Middle East, I have grown up on her romantic novels, I was searching the net for these old titles when I found this blog... It's sad to know the Charlotte lamb has gone.

  4. How wonderful you've made this blog!! I have a TON of her books and I've moved a zillion times with them in tow!

  5. That's so cool, Storm! Thanks for letting me know. :) Jane (also writes as Victoria Lamb)

  6. My favorite romance novel ever written is Temptation. The perfect setup may/dec relationship, groval, and innocent h.

    Is there anyway you could list all of your mom's pen names so I can read all of her books. I've read just about all of her early HP stuff.

  7. Hi Chic Noir!
    Thanks for commenting, and I do love Temptation. My mother's pen-names are: Charlotte Lamb, Sheila Holland, Sheila Coates, Sheila Lancaster, Laura Hardy and Victoria Woolf. If looking for an innocent heroine, you should try the only book she wrote as Victoria Woolf, SWEET COMPULSION. It's a tremendous romance, really lovely, and VERY different from her dark Lamb novels. Hard to get hold of, but worth the effort!

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