Historical Romance

Historical romance (also historical novel) is a broad category of fiction in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Walter Scott helped popularise this genre in the early 19th-century, with works such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. Literary fiction historical romances continue to be published, and a notable recent example is Wolf Hall (2009), a multi-award winning novel by English historical novelist Hilary Mantel. It is also a genre of mass-market fiction, which is related to the broader romantic love genre.

The terms "romance novel" and "historical romance" are ambiguous, becau

The Sound of Light
Artfully Yours
The Counterfeit Scoundrel (The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction, #1)
Miss Newbury's List
The Weight of Air
A Match in the Making (The Matchmakers, #1)
The Maid of Ballymacool
Forged in Love (Wyoming Sunrise, #1)
The Last Chance Cowboy (Colorado Cowboys, #5)
How to Marry a Marble Marquis
The Cairo Curse (A Freddie and Grace Mystery #2)
The Wolf and the Wildflower
In Spotlight and Shadow (Doors to the Past)
Forever Your Rogue
Hyacinth (The Bellamy Sisters, #2)
The Things We Leave Unfinished
The Footman and I (The Footmen’s Club, #1)
A Sinister Revenge (Veronica Speedwell, #8)
Where the Sky Begins
Above the Bay of Angels
The Wolf and the Wildflower
The Singing Trees
Immortality: A Love Story (The Anatomy Duology, #2)
A Tempest at Sea (Lady Sherlock #7)
The Skylark's Secret
Miss Flibbertigibbet and the Barbarian (Cynsters Next Generation #13)
The Other Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys, #3)
The Undertaker's Assistant
Parting the Veil
Orphan Train Escape (Hearts on the Rails, #1)
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireThe Fault in Our Stars by John GreenHopeless by Colleen HooverDivergent by Veronica RothFallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
What we've read so far in 2013...
8,043 books — 2,815 voters
Beauty by Robin McKinleyLord of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseBeastly by Alex FlinnWhen Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa JamesLover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Beauty and the Beast
661 books — 1,954 voters

Dirty Headlines by L.J. ShenBlock Shot by Kennedy RyanThe Glue by K. WebsterWhen We Kiss by Tia LouisePerversion by T.M. Frazier
September 2018 Most-Anticipated Romances
149 books — 2,379 voters
Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenOutlander by Diana GabaldonDevil in Winter by Lisa KleypasJane Eyre by Charlotte BrontëGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Favorite Historical Romance Novels
3,321 books — 6,472 voters

Break Me by Meagan BrandyLittle Lies by H. HuntingA Bridge Between Us by K.K. AllenMafia Casanova by M. RobinsonViolent Beginnings by J.L. Beck
November 2020 Most-Anticipated Romances
165 books — 1,907 voters
The Twilight Saga by Stephenie MeyerFifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesThe Catcher in the Rye by J.D. SalingerEat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertTwilight by Stephenie Meyer
I Don't Understand All That Fuss
880 books — 2,486 voters

The Duke and I (Bridgertons, #1)
Devil in Winter (Wallflowers, #3)
The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgertons, #2)
Romancing Mister Bridgerton (Bridgertons, #4)
Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers, #1)
An Offer From a Gentleman (Bridgertons, #3)
Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways, #1)
It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers, #2)
Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake (Love By Numbers, #1)
To Sir Phillip, With Love (Bridgertons, #5)
Scandal in Spring (Wallflowers, #4)
When He Was Wicked (Bridgertons, #6)
The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke, #1)
Tempt Me at Twilight (The Hathaways, #3)
Love in the Afternoon (The Hathaways, #5)

Related News

Spring is springing, and romance is in the air!   Well, it’s on the shelves, anyway—or soon will be. The summer-read beach book is an old...
Lisa Kleypas
Annabelle gave him a chiding smile. “If you’re implying that I’m spoiled, I assure you that I am not.” “You should be.” His warm gaze slid over her pink-tinted face and slender upper body, then sought hers again. There was a note in his voice that gently robbed her of breath. “You could do with a bit of spoiling.
Lisa Kleypas, Secrets of a Summer Night

Julie Garwood
The man irritated her just like a rash.
Julie Garwood, Honor's Splendour

More quotes...
Unapologetic Romance Readers A group for people who love reading Romance. We have Books of the Month, Challenges, discussions…more
1,059 members, last active 1 days ago
Ruby Readalong #RubyReadalong is the central place for readers to share their love of all things romance, and c…more
10 members, last active 8 months ago
Historical Romance Junkies We will discuss historical romance novels in this group, give recommendations, and maybe other t…more
2 members, last active 5 months ago
Linda Howard Book Junkies Linda Howard is an award-winning author of over 50 romantic suspense novels, her books have hear…more
639 members, last active 16 days ago


Tags contributing to this page include: historical-romance, genre__historical_romance, genre-historical-romance, historical-romances, historicalromance, hr, romance-historical, romance-historique, romanzo-storico, tag--romance-historical, and tag-romance-historical