Susan Howatch is my favorite author, hands down, no competition. I was hooked from the first of her historicals that I read; Penmarric. I have every one of her books in hardcover and some in paperback as well.
Howatch was the first author I checked before I even purchased my beloved K1 (which is still ticking) four years ago. At the time, only the second and third books in the St. Benet’s trilogy were available for Kindle. I was going to hold out until all three were available, but I caved and bought those two.
Then, about two years ago, the Starbridge Series and that first book of the trilogy were kindleized and I bought them immediately. I’ve read them straight through twice since then. I was just about to start a third reading when I got the notices from ereaderiq that all of the historicals were now available.
I bought The Rich Are Different and Sins of the Fathers immediately. For those of you not familiar with her work, she takes historical characters and retells their stories in a more modern setting. These two books, for example, are set in the turn of the last century and are based on Caesar, Cleopatra, Antony and Octavian, with Rome represented by the VanZale Bank in New York and Egypt represented by Mallingham, a country estate in England.
The other historicals are based on English history. They are all wonderful, well-written stories.
If you haven’t read any of Susan Howatch’s work, I urge you to do so. If you have and love her as much as I do, let me know. I haven’t found too many people who are aware of this wonderful author.