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Reader Poll 20: Sabrina often includes real historical events, situations, and characters in her books—sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. How do you feel about that?

Sabrina often includes real historical events, situations, and characters in her books—sometimes a little, sometimes a lot. How do you feel about that?

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Bernadette
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I enjoy all of the historical facts because it gives the story a very “real” flavor and adds that extra dimension, too.

Debra Thompson
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I enjoy any tie-ins to real history but I don’t like it when authors adjust history or timelines to accommodate their story. I like to get new information no matter the source as long as it is factual.

Jackie
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The history tidbits frequently inspire me to do a bit of research and discover more about what happened. I am a Jeopardy fan and have known several questions because I read historical romance novels.

Nancy
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You put just the right amount of history in your books. That’s one of the reasons I love them. Too much (and too depressing accuracy) can be tiresome (thinking of another author) but your mix is absolutely perfect! So interesting about the mistaken madness diagnosis.

Barb
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That’s half the reason I read historicals! Just make sure you get your facts straight. I was a history major in college and there’s nothing I hate more than reading a book and the history is wrong! It totally takes me out of the story and I can hardly finish the book. Yes, I know – I’m a little fanatical!

Netasha P.
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I love reading about true historical events and facts when I read a book.( I agree with Bernadette and Jackie above. I am so anal that I have always had maps of Great Britain and Europe – I got free from the Canadian Auto Ass. when I toured Europe in /86-still good. Encyclopaedias and dictionaries for those words and phrases I don’t know that I still use even though I also look up things on my laptop.) I then will insert some I’ve learned into a conversation just so people will think “Ah yes, Netasha is learned and wise because she has sooo many books and reads so much.”….LOL.

Jessica
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I agree with Nancy. I can’t think of a single time I was reading one of your books and thought, “I could really do without reading about this even”. And I love it when you write a bit about the actual event at the end of the book, too.

Jessica
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