Julia Quinn. I picked up a copy of What Happens in London and absolutely loved it, but Serious Readers don't read romance, and so it took several more years before I developed the confidence to stop caring about what other people thought of my reading choices. Once I embraced romance, I never looked back! :)
Julia writes historical romances, and she's written one of my favorite books, The Lost Duke of Wyndham. If you haven't read it yet, go straight to the library or bookstore and pick up a copy--it's delightful!
How do you feel about historical romance? Is it one of your favorite genres, or do you prefer something else?