Top 10 Historical Romance Books on Goodreads

Posted by Hayley on February 2, 2017

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Love isn't what it used to be. Head back to the good ol' days of steamy courtships and extravagant wardrobes—corsets and kilts and bonnets, oh my!—with our roundup of the top historical romances on Goodreads. How many have you read?


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The Duke and I
by Julia Quinn

Their courtship is a sham…or is it? As Daphne and the Duke fake a romance, real feelings begin to emerge, much to their mutual chagrin.



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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

It's the classic tale of bad first impressions! Fall in love with Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth all over again as the two meander their way to happily ever after.



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Mine Till Midnight
by Lisa Kleypas

Cam Rohan wants to leave London and return to his uncivilized roots. Then he meets Amelia. Suddenly, "being civilized" doesn't seem so bad.



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Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

The beloved story of Claire Randall and Jamie Fraser begins here. The year is 1945—until a brush with fate sends Claire hurtling back in time to 1743.



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The Bride
by Julie Garwood

At his king's decree, Alec takes an English bride. To his immense surprise, he ends up liking her. Too bad she suspects he killed his first wife.



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Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

Full of heart and heartbreak, the love story between plain, spirited Jane and arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester is one for the ages.



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Through the Storm
by Beverly Jenkins

With her life in peril, escaped slave Sable chooses to put her trust in Union Officer Raimond, a man she once betrayed…and still loves.



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Into the Wilderness
by Sara Donati

In a remote New York mountain village, a young teacher befriends a mysterious man, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives.



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A Kingdom of Dreams
by Judith McNaught

It begins with an abduction. Headstrong Jennifer vows to make life miserable for her captor until one night changes everything.



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North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell

Whisked away to the north of England, Margaret Hale begins a tempestuous relationship with a mill owner in this classic of Victorian literature.




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message 1: by Cassia (new)

Cassia Watakabe For Romance week I will read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë .


message 2: by Stella (new)

Stella Cassia wrote: "For Romance week I will read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë."
That's a wonderful choice! You'll love it! :)


message 3: by Teresa (new)

Teresa One of my favorite historical romance novels of all time is Half Hidden by Emma Blair. It's set in WW2 on the island of Jersey. I cried so much reading this book. Brilliant story.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* I read Kingdom of Heaven this year for a challenge. Had no idea it was so popular.


message 5: by Christine (new)

Christine (KizzieReads) I'm surprised that Johanna Lindsey is not on this list.


message 6: by Lexxi Kitty (new)

Lexxi Kitty hmms - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is not Historical Fiction. The book appeared 1813 (though the book was first offered for publication in 1797). It's set some time around 1797-1815. Therefore, Pride and Prejudice is romance contemporary to Austen's time. Not historical fiction.


message 7: by Izabele (new)

Izabele I've read Pride and Prejudice, after to give up for it has so much characters and i've didn't remember all them. But i've readed again and surprise me how it's so awesome. I engage me with the history and characters ... i recommend it.


message 8: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren I read eight out of ten. Have to say I adore all of them except Kingdom of Heaven. I was too angry to enjoy it :)


message 9: by Nooreen (new)

Nooreen For Romance week I've just finished reading The Blue Castle- LM Montgomery. <3


message 10: by Teresa (new)

Teresa It may have been contemporary when it was written but once it's in our past I think it's called historical romantic fiction. It's what I always understood anyway.


message 11: by Janna (new)

Janna MacGregor It's hard to choose just one...but I'll chose my favorite hero. The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas features the perfect hero in my book, Sebastian St. Vincent.


message 12: by classic reverie (new)

classic reverie Loved North & South!


message 13: by Naoms (new)

Naoms They went Mine by Midnight and not the Devil In Winter? Or, Dreaming of You for Lisa Kleypas?!!!!!


message 14: by Norma (new)

Norma Smith Ladies try out this series: The Highlander Trilogy. I am sure you will enjoy these three brothers and the women that steal their hearts.


message 15: by Lindsay (new)

Lindsay This list needs a Georgette Heyer!


message 16: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear My tops are anything by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. My favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and my favorite Heyer novels are Venetia and Frederica

Other favorite Regency set novels are by
Barbara Metzger
Jude Morgan
Carola Dunn
Marion Chesney
Regina Scott
Judith Nelson
Judith A. Lansdowne
Clare Darcy
and The Mischief of the Mistletoe

Favorite Austen paraliterature (fanfiction) Fitzwilliam Darcy, Gentleman series by Pamela Aidan

I have been reading the Poldark series by Winston Graham. The books have different threads of romance running through them. I especially love the doctor and his plot.

Other top romances of the same time period Georgian (18th century)
The Parfit Knight
The Sealed Knot

Favorite Victorian romances
North and South
Miss Mackenzie

Favorite 20th century romances
Night of a Thousand Stars
Miss Buncle's Book
anything silly by P.G. Wodehouse

Favorite historical inspiration romances
The Husband Campaign
All the Tea in China

Favorite paranormal Regency romance
A Phantom Affair
Shades of Milk and Honey

Favorite young adult historical romances
Sorcery & Cecelia: or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot
The Season
Keeping the Castle
Wrapped

Why obviously I can't pick just 10!


message 17: by Meghan (new)

Meghan I love the Sunfire series from the 1980's. They were historical YA romances with each book being titled with the protagonist's name. Each was set at a different event in US history. Most of the girls struggled to choose between two guys. Some of them were really infuriating, but others were really good.


message 18: by Lesley (new)

Lesley Teresa wrote: "It may have been contemporary when it was written but once it's in our past I think it's called historical romantic fiction. It's what I always understood anyway."

An historical novel is generally considered to be set in a period of 25-50 years before it is written, and which the author is writing from research rather than personal experience.

I consider novels such as those of Jane Austen, Brontes, Thomas Hardy etc, etc, to be fiction that has stood the test of time, so classics.


message 19: by Cassia (new)

Cassia Watakabe QNPoohBear wrote: "My tops are anything by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. My favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and my favorite Heyer novels are Venetia and Frederica

O..."


Thank you for your suggestions. I'm returning to the taste of the readings again ... I stayed a long time without reading ...


message 20: by Landslide (new)

Landslide Read 4.


message 21: by Alissa (new)

Alissa QNPoohBear wrote: "My tops are anything by Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. My favorite Jane Austen novel is Persuasion and my favorite Heyer novels are Venetia and Frederica

O..."


Thank you for the list :)


message 22: by Kandace (new)

Kandace Hensley For Romance Week I'm working my way through Teresa Medeiros' books! She's rekindled my love of romance novels.


message 23: by Katsuro (new)

Katsuro Lexxi Kitty wrote: "hmms - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is not Historical Fiction. The book appeared 1813 (though the book was first offered for publication in 1797). It's set some time around 1797-1815. Therefo..."
Thank you. I was just going to say this.


message 24: by Erin (new)

Erin Lisa Kleypas is definitely my favorite historical romance author along with Suzanne Enoch and Mary Balogh.


message 25: by Nooreen (new)

Nooreen Elodie wrote: "Nooreen wrote: "For Romance week I've just finished reading The Blue Castle- LM Montgomery.

That's my favourite of Montgomery's books! It was such a dear romance. Been far too long since I've rea..."


It's gone down as one of my most favs- I recommend I Capture the Castle and The Shoemaker's Wife. Let me know of any you recommend :)


message 26: by JennyWren (new)

JennyWren classic reverie wrote: "Loved North & South!"

Such a good book to mini series adaptation too! Have you seen it?


message 27: by Kristina (new)

Kristina I've read four of these, but personally I think Seduce Me At Sunrise was better than Mine Till Midnight, but I suppose since MTM is the first in the series it makes sense that it's up there instead.


message 28: by Julia (new)

Julia Outlander is by far the best book I have ever read. Also, I love anything by Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught.


message 29: by Dorothea (new)

Dorothea Collyear A Rose In Winter is what I've been completely absorbed in for the last 3 days ....wow is all I can say so far , this book will make you melt with romance : ) Happy ( early ) Valentines Day to all !


message 30: by QNPoohBear (new)

QNPoohBear I downloaded a couple of free Regency romances from Amazon and I really enjoyed The Female Correspondent. It's short, cute and sweet. Just what I wanted!

JennyWren wrote: "classic reverie wrote: "Loved North & South!"

Such a good book to mini series adaptation too! Have you seen it?"


It's one of my favorite book to movie adaptations-right up there with Pride and Prejudice (1995).


message 31: by Vina (new)

Vina and where the hell is emily bronte with wuthering heights


message 32: by Keri (new)

Keri A Rose In Winter is one of my favs, so is Ashes in the Wind...I was just thinking that it was time to do a re-read.


message 33: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Joe From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is my favourite World War II romance novel currently. Sarah Sundin also has some sweet romance but definitely From Sand and Ash. I have re-read it 3 times already haha


message 34: by Teresa (new)

Teresa I've just ordered A Rose in Winter. I've seen so much written about it here I have to read it!!


message 35: by Tan (new)

Tan Clare Cassia wrote: "For Romance week I will read Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë."

Oh my, yes!!! I've always liked the Jane-Rochester romance.


message 36: by Mandy (new)

Mandy This is just a coincidence but for romance week, I am reading The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro


message 37: by Jade aka MrsTosh (new)

Jade aka MrsTosh I have read 6 of these, a few of the others are on my never ending to be read list!


message 38: by Laura (new)

Laura Holt Pride & Prejudice all the way.


message 39: by Diana (new)

Diana Nooreen wrote: "For Romance week I've just finished reading The Blue Castle- LM Montgomery. <3"

I love this book, I'm on my third copy I've read it so often.


message 40: by Diana (new)

Diana I've read most of these, I'm slightly surprised that Stephanie Laurens isn't on the list.


message 41: by Diana (new)

Diana Meghan wrote: "I love the Sunfire series from the 1980's. They were historical YA romances with each book being titled with the protagonist's name. Each was set at a different event in US history. Most of the gir..."

Those were great, I still have most of my set. They're books I just can't get rid of.


message 42: by Sulime (new)

Sulime 3/10 - North and South, Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre

I guess I prefer the classics...

North and South is my favourite romance of all time, though. Probably because it's one of the few that I can actually stand. XD


message 43: by Carla (last edited Feb 13, 2017 01:35AM) (new)

Carla Snow Happy to see Into the Wilderness on the list.
Simply one of the best historical romance sagas I've ever read!


message 44: by Cassia (last edited Feb 12, 2017 02:06AM) (new)

Cassia Watakabe Vina wrote: "and where the hell is emily bronte with wuthering heights"

I agree ... It could be on the list, I love this book ...


message 45: by Cassia (new)

Cassia Watakabe Norma wrote: "Ladies try out this series: The Highlander Trilogy. I am sure you will enjoy these three brothers and the women that steal their hearts."

Thank you for this suggestion.


message 46: by Antonella (new)

Antonella Licciardi Lexxi Kitty wrote: "hmms - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is not Historical Fiction. The book appeared 1813 (though the book was first offered for publication in 1797). It's set some time around 1797-1815. Therefo..."

Yeah I agree, you're right- but what a story!


message 47: by Ashton (new)

Ashton Christine wrote: "I'm surprised that Johanna Lindsey is not on this list."

I'm not. For all the popularity she receives I feel as if she actually isn't that well of a writer.


message 48: by PepperP0t (new)

PepperP0t 4 and 1 in tbr's land of the lost.


message 49: by Jessica (new)

Jessica A lot of my favourite modern-written historicals are missing. I guess they got knocked out by some of the older biggies.


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