“Just happened” to bump into a couple western-romance-novel-turned-josei-manga.
..thought I summarise a few here, whist I continue to hunt for more western-fiction-adapted-multi-volumes-josei (aka no Harlequin) out there. (NB. I added a smut-tag to this page, wondering how much more interests would be generated on this post ^^)
KOBAYASHI Hiromi (小林博美), SPINDLER Erica
Growing up on the wrong side of the tracks in Bend, Mississippi, Becky Lynn Lee doesn’t have the luxury of dreaming. With an abusive father and a broken mother, she always thought that this was it. But after the ultimate betrayal, Becky Lynn can no longer live the nightmare. Determined never to go back, Becky Lynn escapes to Hollywood. As a photographer’s assistant, she discovers a talent for spotting beauty and capturing the perfect shot. When the camera eventually turns on her, the awkward, shy Becky Lynn of her childhood disappears. But when the success she’s achieved is threatened, Becky Lynn must find the strength to embrace her new identity and put the ugliness of her past behind her forever. Based on Erica Spindler’s novel “RED”. (From Baka-Updates)
FUJITA Kazuko (藤田和子), Ann Major
Mars knows that nothing will stop him from tracking down his wife, Chantal, who’d betrayed him and sent him to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Chantal had died–or so everyone said–but Mars knew she’d merely transformed herself and reemerged into the spotlight as supermodel Mischief Jones. Mars was a hard man, a bitter one, who’d survived by shutting off his emotions. But when he finally captured the woman he’d been hunting, the bewitching seductress with the luminous eyes denied everything. He was falling under her spell. Who was she really –an angel… or a cunningly brilliant counterfeit with an agenda of her own? Based on Ann Major’s novel, “Secret Child”.(From Baka-Updates)
FUJITA Kazuko (藤田和子), Penny JORDAN
Geraldine Francis is the innocent daughter of a wealthy aristocrat. Being sheltered all her life, she is oblivious to her cousin Charles’ true intentions when he lures her in and makes her fall hopelessly in love with him. It is only after the murder of her father that she realizes his love was nothing but love for the money and the land that came with her name. She vows revenge, and she throws away her past in order to become “Silver,” the perfect woman. With a new face, and a new lease on life, she will turn the tables on the man whom she once loved so that this time, it is he who will be left with nothing. Adaptation of English fiction Silver by Penny Jordan. (From Baka-Updates)
.. and many MANY other Harlequin manga…….