Favorite Historical Romance Novels

Historical romance novels that are well loved by those who read the genre
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message 2: by Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ 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.


message 21: by Emily (new)

Emily Amazing list!!!


message 22: by Elaine (new)

Elaine I too never thot Jane Austin was Historical May be we haven't read enough of her to reazise


message 23: by Rose (new)

Rose There's a few strange choices in here, but it's still full of great ideas for new reading material.


message 24: by Liz (new)

Liz Hesford Great list - includes so many of my old favourites.


message 25: by Misty (new)

Misty Marston Does anyone remember an older romance story about a heroine who has a pet hedgehog named Prick. She carries it in her pocket and he shows up in precarious places throughout the story??


message 27: by Margotte (new)

Margotte Channing A mi también me gustan muchas de estas novelas, yo me dedico a escribir este genero y tengo cuatro novelas publicadas que están funcionando muy bien, me encantaría saber vuestra opinión. Esclava del Odio: Solo el amor la salvará


message 28: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning I feel like maybe we are being loose with the definition of historical fiction since the list is discussing "historical romance"? I would certainly think that Jane Austen and the Brontes don't belong on this list, but since the list description doesn't specify the definition of "historical romance" I am hesitant to remove them.


message 29: by Kirsten (new)

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

Heh, Diary of a Young Girl is neither romance nor a novel. I don't see it on the list so maybe someone already removed it? Or maybe I missed it...


message 30: by Pamela(AllHoney) (new)

Pamela(AllHoney) Kirsten wrote: "Robin wrote: "I don't think 'The Book Thief ' or 'Ann Frank diary of a girl' are Historical ROMANCE novel's."

Heh, Diary of a Young Girl is neither romance nor a novel. I don't see it on the list ..."


Thanks. It's been a little while since I looked but I will try to go through the list again soon to check. :D


message 31: by Ritah (new)

Ritah I am looking for a book i read about ten years ago. It was a historical romance novel about a plain, unattractive woman who re invented herself years into her marriage. I think she couldn't have kids for a long time. Her husband falls for her later. Help me find it.


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