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

A reckless duke meets his match in a determined young woman – and throws her future into jeopardy with one stolen kiss.
Miss Anna Hawkins, the daughte...
The Duke’s Hidden Desire by Gemma Blackwood

January 27, 2019

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By the Unholy Hand by Kathryn Le Veque

January 25, 2019

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The Incorrigible Courtesan by Merry Farmer

January 25, 2019

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Zara’s Zephyr by Janelle Daniels

January 25, 2019

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Making a Memory by Amelia C. Adams

January 24, 2019

Now that his mine has paid out, Nathaniel can finally hang up his pickaxe and fulfill his dream of owning a cattle farm. He’s also looking forward to ...
Yetta’s Yearning by Michele Lindsey

January 24, 2019

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Wendi’s Wish by Danni Roan

January 23, 2019

He was too dangerous to be denied…
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Don’t Tell a Duke You Love Him by Tammy Andresen

January 23, 2019

Are two men who love the same woman one step away from falling in love with each other?
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Mission to Love by Samantha Kane

January 23, 2019

To escape imminent danger, Scottish lady Jocelyn Ferguson, flees her home and the comforts of her station to live as an English commoner. She knows no...
Ian by Lily Baldwin

January 22, 2019

Flora Kinsley has always been a red-headed rebel who delights to ride madly across the country. After being orphaned at age four, she has always had a...
Loving a Rebel by Linda Ford

January 22, 2019

There are no secrets that time does not reveal. Sarah is the daughter of a man who signed the death warrant of Charles I, a secret she must keep from ...
Kingslayer’s Daughter by Anna Markland

January 22, 2019

An archaeologist with a zest for life finds herself stranded in small-town North Carolina—with a brooding Highland hunk who’s straight out of ancient ...
Katie’s Highlander by Maeve Greyson

January 22, 2019

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Tillie’s Theatre by Keira K. Barton

January 20, 2019

Torn from the twenty-first century, lost in the lonely Highlands of Scotland, a modern woman discovers the most important secret of all: that love tra...
Call of a Highlander by Katy Baker

January 20, 2019

When they only met because of a terrible secret, can love find a way?
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The Duke’s Heartbreaking Secret by Kate Carteret

January 19, 2019

Sally Wigg began life as an orphan. Never knowing who her parents were, she grew up in Madam Wigg’s school and foundling home with her adopted sisters...
Sally’s Sailor by Laura Stapleton

January 19, 2019

When your reputation is ruined, why not enjoy it? For Regency wallflower, Miss Verity Barnes, nothing is more difficult than obtaining a voucher to Al...
The Accidental Mistress by Merry Farmer

January 18, 2019

Miss Grace Weston has read countless books involving courtship and romance. Putting her knowledge into practice, she offers her assistance in finding ...
Romancing Lord Ramsbury by Ashtyn Newbold

January 18, 2019

The Duchess of Prescott, now a widow, fears she’s experienced all life has to offer.
Thomas Findlay, a wealthy industrialist, knows she has not.
Can h...
Hell Hath Frozen Over by Annabelle Anders

January 17, 2019