Inheritance Books – Jo Beverley

This week I’m delighted to have romance novelist extraordinaire, Jo Beverley visiting the site!

Welcome to Inheritance Books, Jo. Please, tell us a bit about yourself.

jo300Hi, I’m Jo Beverley, bestselling author of historical romance. I lived in England until I was thirty, then emigrated to Canada for the next three decades. Now I’m back in England, enjoying Devon, history, and easy trips to Europe.

I have a degree in history from Keele University in Staffordshire, and wrote my first historical romance when I was 16. Showed promise, but that’s about all I can say.

I was first published in 1988 with a traditional Regency romance, Lord Wraybourne’s Betrothed, and my 36th novel will be out in August — a Georgian historical called Seduction in Silk. The titles probably show the progression! Seduction in Silk is a Romantic Times top pick.

Which book have you inherited from the generation above? Why is it special?

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.

I come from a reading family, but we didn’t own many books. We used the library — a lot. One of the few books we owned was a copy of The Scarlet Pimpernel, with illustrations! Just a few, but I loved that aspect when I first read it at about aged 10. I don’t know where that copy went. If I still had it I’d scan the line drawings and put them on line. I searched, but couldn’t find any. Such a shame.

I don’t think it was just the illustrations that made it special, though. It’s a great love story that pulses with pain and passion without ever being explicit, and Sir Percy, of course, is one of the classic heroes.

I’m not sure if romance writers are born or made — it feels like the former — but reading and re-reading The Scarlet Pimpernel had a huge effect on me. I suspect that’s true of many romance writers. At any gathering, say, “The Scarlet Pimpernel. The scene on the steps….” and a lot of people will light up at the memory.

I’ve never read it. I shall add it to my list of books to hunt down! Which book would you like to leave to future generations? Why?

checkmateThis is the hard one, because I have to say Checkmate, by Dorothy Dunnett, but it’s best appreciated after having read the previous five books! Is that cheating?

It’s a wonderfully rich and complex love story that again pulses with pain — agony! — and passion without ever being explicit. (I’ve nothing against explicit sex in novels, but it’s interesting how much can be achieved without.) It weaves through major European events of the mid-16th-century, with drama, adventure, wit and humor, and has the ultimate hero-to-die-for.

Dunnett is an author some people find challenging, but I never did, and if someone likes her style, she provides a banquet of delights. I definitely want to pass on that potential banquet.

Thanks for sharing your Inheritance Books with us Jo. I hope all goes well with the new book (love the cover, by the way. So… silky).

sedinsilksmallJo’s latest book Seduction in Silk is available in August. You can find out more about Jo on Facebook or on her website (, where you can read an excerpt from Seduction in Silk.

10 thoughts on “Inheritance Books – Jo Beverley

  1. I love Jo Beverley’s books! I’ve collected them all until a lil over two years ago when hard times hit my life.

    The book I would pass down is “The Cross and the Switchblade”. I read this when I was 9 yrs. Old. It left such a huge impression on me. I finally found a copy for my collection to pass down.


    1. Thanks for liking my books so much, Vicki, and hugs on the hard times. I’ll have to look for The Cross and the Switchblade.


  2. I’m not sure if this counts since it was published in 1974; but since that was the year I was born, I’m going to list it. 🙂

    When I was in school, I found a copy of Theodora DuBois’ Tiger Burning Bright. It’s a lovely YA about an English girl trying to get herself and others to safety in India during a rebellion. It has a subtle romance in it.

    There’s also Mary Stewart’s romances. Has anyone read The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery? It’s a lovely, quiet romance about a girl with a short time to live who decides to go after what she wants.


    1. I haven’t read The Blue Castle, but I like Mary Stewart’s books. I only discovered her recently (through someone’s Inheritance Books, as it happens) and I’ve read the ones I’ve read so far.


  3. Good point about prizes, Carol. I got Oman’s Tales of Robin Hood (might not be exactly the right title) in primary school and adored it.


  4. You know I loved those books too and read widely as a teenager. Prizes were valued books as we did not have masses of books. We too used the library. Hours of treasured reading as a result.


    1. I got Anne of Green Gables as a prize once. Turned out the whole set had been given out as prizes to different people. We found each other and had a mini book swapping club going for a while.


      1. I love the idea of you all exchanging books! I went to boarding school, so we had a library on the premises, plus a special small fiction library for the boarders. I ran that for quite a while. Loved that little job.


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