Favorite Historical Romance Novels
Historical romance novels that are well loved by those who read the genre
1 Pride and Prejudice
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2 Outlander (Outlander, #1)
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3 Devil in Winter (Wallflower...
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4 Jane Eyre
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5 Gone with the Wind
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6 The Duke and I (Bridgertons...
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7 Persuasion
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8 A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmo...
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9 Sense and Sensibility
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10 Whitney, My Love (Westmorel...
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11 It Happened One Autumn (Wal...
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12 Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundr...
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13 Dreaming of You (Gamblers, #2)
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14 Emma
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15 The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées...
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16 The Viscount Who Loved Me (...
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17 Mine Till Midnight (The Hat...
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18 Voyager (Outlander, #3)
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19 Secrets of a Summer Night (...
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20 Wuthering Heights
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21 Romancing Mister Bridgerton...
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22 Dragonfly in Amber (Outland...
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23 Seduce Me at Sunrise (The H...
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24 Something Wonderful (Sequel...
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25 Scandal in Spring (Wallflow...
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26 A Knight in Shining Armor
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27 The Wedding (Lairds' Fiancé...
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28 Ransom (Highlands' Lairds, #2)
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29 Tempt Me at Twilight (The H...
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30 The Madness of Lord Ian Mac...
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31 Once and Always (Sequels, #1)
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32 The Secret (Highlands' Lair...
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33 Love in the Afternoon (The ...
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34 Again the Magic (Wallflower...
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35 An Offer From a Gentleman (...
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36 Memoirs of a Geisha
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37 The Thorn Birds
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38 The Other Boleyn Girl (The ...
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39 The Prize
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40 Saving Grace
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41 Nine Rules to Break When Ro...
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42 North and South
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43 Almost Heaven (Sequels, #3)
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44 When He Was Wicked (Bridger...
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45 The Bronze Horseman (The Br...
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46 Then Came You (Gamblers, #1)
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47 Until You (Westmoreland, #3)
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48 Married By Morning (The Hat...
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49 The Wolf and the Dove
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50 Drums of Autumn (Outlander,...
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51 Worth Any Price (Bow Street...
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52 The Raven Prince (Princes T...
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53 The Secret Diaries of Miss ...
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54 Flowers from the Storm
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55 Honor's Splendour
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56 The Flame and the Flower
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57 The Fiery Cross (Outlander,...
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58 A Rose in Winter
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59 Slightly Dangerous (Bedwyn ...
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60 Suddenly You
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61 Shanna
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62 Lady Sophia's Lover (Bow St...
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63 To Sir Phillip, With Love (...
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64 The Gift (Crown's Spies, #3)
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65 Northanger Abbey
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66 Rebecca
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67 Ashes in the Wind
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68 Someone to Watch Over Me (B...
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69 The Grand Sophy
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70 A Breath of Snow and Ashes ...
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71 The Scarlet Pimpernel
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72 Where Dreams Begin
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73 Gentle Rogue (Malory-Anders...
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74 A Loving Scoundrel (Malory-...
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75 Into the Wilderness (Wilder...
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76 Annie's Song
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77 Comanche Moon (Comanche, #1)
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78 Redeeming Love
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79 Surrender (MacKinnon’s Rang...
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80 Daughter of the Forest  (Se...
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81 Love Is Never Past Tense...
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82 Devil's Bride (Cynster, #1)
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83 The Serpent Prince (Princes...
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84 Private Arrangements
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85 Highland Velvet
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86 Fires of Winter (Haardrad V...
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87 Mansfield Park
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87 These Old Shades (Alastair,...
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89 The Duke (Knight Miscellany...
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90 The Secret History of the P...
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91 Minx (Splendid, #3)
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92 The Velvet Promise
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93 When Beauty Tamed the Beast...
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94 Devil's Bride and A Rake's ...
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95 Katherine
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96 Hearts Aflame (Haardrad Vik...
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97 And Then He Kissed Her (Gir...
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98 The Leopard Prince (Princes...
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99 Guardian Angel (Crown's Spi...
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100 Velvet Song
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message 2: by M (new)

M What a great list! Thank you for creating it! I assume this is EXACTLY the kind of book I truly love, because so much of the book I know, and many are one of my favs shelf!


message 3: by Helle (new)

Helle Wtf? Jane Austen didn't write historical novels - they're set in her own time! Same with Jane Eyre.


Pamela(AllHoney) lol, but they are historical to us ☺


message 5: by Helle (new)

Helle But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre.


message 6: by Beate (new)

Beate Why are people putting Black Dagger Brotherhood books on this list? O.o


Pamela(AllHoney) hmmm. good question. I guess they don't understand what historical romance is :)


message 8: by Brittany B. (last edited Aug 20, 2012 04:05AM) (new)

Brittany B. Helle wrote: "But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre."

I don't know what the "Rules of Genre" are... But I think the plain language speaks for itself. Whether written yesterday or a century ago, the subject matter is Historical for thevreader. And the writing style of these classic romance novels form the basis upon which our great modern day historicals are based.

While you might call them classics, publishers and distributors call books like Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre both classics and historical romance novels.


message 9: by Pham (new)

Pham Hoa Amazing!!


message 10: by Helle (last edited Dec 04, 2012 01:18PM) (new)

Helle Brittany B. wrote: "Helle wrote: "But that doesn't make them historical novels, it's a separate genre."

I don't know what the "Rules of Genre" are... But I think the plain language speaks for itself. Whether written ..."


It's quite simple: It's called a historical novel because it's set in historical times - meaning the past. Like Ivanhoe by sir Walter Scott (set in the Middle Ages but written in the 1810s); or, The Scarlet Letter (set in Puritan times, but written in the 1850s). If we accept the premise that all fictions set in our past is historical - then it follows that all books written before, and set before, the year 2012 is historical fiction. Which would just bring chaos. Don't believe what publisher's tell you - they're only goal is to sell books - even if it means labelling books as somethig they are not.


message 11: by J.H. (new)

J.H.  Gordon Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contemporary novels that dealt with issues relevant to their time. These books should be removed from this list.


message 12: by Lady Wesley (new)

Lady Wesley J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contemporary novels that dealt with issues relevant to their time. These books should be removed from this list."


Totally agree. Two hundred years from now, should 50 Shades of Gray be considered an historical novel? Of course not.


message 13: by Caz (new)

Caz Lady Wesley wrote: "J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wr..."


J.H. wrote: "Pamela(AllHoney) wrote: "lol, but they are historical to us ☺"

No, they are classics to us. A historical novel is set in a time before the author's own era. Austen and the Brontes wrote contempora..."


Absolutely. And with any luck, 50 Shades will be long forgotten well before 200 years have passed!


message 14: by Lady Wesley (new)

Lady Wesley Caz wrote: Absolutely. And with any luck, 50 Shades will be long forgotten well before 200 years have passed! "

Yes, Caz, I wish it already was forgotten. But even it it is remembered, it never will be an historical novel. An historical oddity, perhaps . . . .


message 15: by Mary (new)

Mary Irureta-Balletta What about The windflower?! It should be at the top of the list I absolutely love love love that book a favorite!


message 16: by Robin (new)

Robin I don't think 'The Book Thief ' or 'Ann Frank diary of a girl' are Historical ROMANCE novel's.


message 17: by Erin (new)

Erin Helle wrote: "Wtf? Jane Austen didn't write historical novels - they're set in her own time! Same with Jane Eyre."



Totally agree with you! This list needs some serious revision.


message 18: by Sharon (new)

Sharon Taylor I loved 3 of the first books that jean m. auel wrote so much, it was like I was living them!


message 19: by Sherry (new)

Sherry There needs to be a smut rating on these books. I like to read about romance, not sex. Leave me outside the bedroom door, please. I don't think any current authors write my kind of stories. I so miss Victoria Holt, Jane Aiken Hodge, and the other ladies who wrote wonderfully exciting and romantic stories without having to resort to degrading graphic descriptions of heaving bosoms and burning loins.


message 20: by Caz (new)

Caz Sherry wrote: "There needs to be a smut rating on these books. I like to read about romance, not sex. Leave me outside the bedroom door, please. I don't think any current authors write my kind of stories. I s..."

I don't disagree with the fact that there are any number of historical romances in which the sex scenes appear to be tacked on just for the sake of it. But there are also a good number in which those scenes actually add to the reader's understanding of the characters and serve to propel the story forward.

I can understand it's frustrating if the spicier scenes aren't to your taste, but there are still plenty of "clean" romances being written, or stories in which the sex scenes are not graphically described and focus more on the emotional side of things.


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