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, because the word "romance", and the associated word "romantic", have a number of different meanings. In particular, on the one hand there is the mass-market genre of "fiction dealing with love", harlequin romance, and on the other hand, "a romance" can also be defined as "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents". However, many romances, including the historical romances of Walter Scott, are also frequently called novels, and Scott describes romance as a "kindred term". To add to the confusion literary fiction romances, for example Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, often have a strong love story interest. Other European languages do not distinguish between romance and novel: "a novel is le roman, der Roman, il romanzo."

Historical Romance

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A Duke’s Distraction by Maggie Dallen

June 20, 2018

This notorious rake has never met a woman he can’t seduce…till now. Gertrude “Gertie” Farrington has lost hope in men. She is married to the unfaithfu...
The Countess and the Rake by Georgette Brown

June 20, 2018

Inspector Riley Rochester’s latest case strikes close to home. When his friend, notable barrister Sir Robert Glover, is stabbed to death outside his c...
Death of a Prosecutor by Wendy Soliman

June 20, 2018

Roderick Woodrow is a ladies’ man. In the upper echelons of Victorian society he is much sought after as a “spare man” for events, parties, soirees an...
Death of a Scoundrel by Wendy Soliman

June 20, 2018

When eighteen-year-old Ashleigh Steepleton loses her parents, she has nowhere to turn but to her male cousins, whom she has always looked to as brothe...
Capturing the Cook by Kirsten Osbourne

June 20, 2018

When Wicked Comes Calling . . .
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Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

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Jonathan Tresham, heir to the Duke of Quimbey, needs a discreet ally to help him choose a wife from the mob of young ladies eager to become his duches...
My Own True Duchess by Grace Burrowes

June 19, 2018

Lady Ada Ellis has two great talents: managing the accounts of her horse-mad brother’s dukedom, and hiding in Berkshire from London society. Several y...
Desperately Seeking Scandal by Theresa Romain

June 19, 2018

From the day the Fates decided he would be the warrior to train and lead a group of time-traveling clansmen, Reilly O’Malley has been certain of every...
Falling Through Time by Nancy Scanlon

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BY HONOR BOUND TO SEEK THE FOUND, HERE BEGINS A TALE
Sir Elias De Morville is no ordinary man of the sword, possessing both the heart of a warrior and...
The Raveling by Tamara Leigh

June 19, 2018

A woman from the present day will do anything to escape the ordeal of medieval Scotland. But will she betray the man she loves?
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Betrothed to Lady Allison, the granddaughter of the dying MacKenzie laird, Jacob MacKinnon stands ready to do his duty and unite their two clans. But ...
Deception by Tarah Scott

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Since their father’s death summoned Lavinia Brinkman and her four sisters to Eden, Colorado, Lavinia has been content with her new life. Well, almost....
True Heart’s Desire by Caroline Fyffe

June 19, 2018

He thinks she’s an annoying know-it-all… Hugh Prentice has never had patience for dramatic females, and if Lady Sarah Pleinsworth has ever been acquai...
The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn

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Thrown back in time to fulfill the promise of a dying woman, Audrina must find her destiny in the wild Scottish Highlands — and discover the man that ...
Highlander Found by Rebecca Preston

June 18, 2018

A young lady accused of theft and the gentleman who elects himself her champion enlist the aid of Stokes, Barnaby, Penelope, and friends in pursuing j...
The Confounding Case of the Carisbrook Emeralds by Stephanie Laurens

June 17, 2018

Flung back in time by a terrible car accident, Cora must find her destiny in the wild Scottish Highlands — and escape the murderous plot that ended th...
Highlander Warrior by Rebecca Preston

June 17, 2018

Revenge is far from easy…
Lillian Bartley has but one thing on her mind—revenge. That is, until she meets the object of her vengeance. The Duke of Bur...
Daring the Duke by Lana Williams

June 16, 2018