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Best Historical Romance Novels

Best Historical Romance Novels

Do you like reading romance novels that have a tinge of history in them? Well, if you do, then go through this list of the best romance novels of the history genre that you are sure to enjoy reading...
Penlighten Staff
Even the most cynical readers amongst us have, at some point of time or the other, curled up with a romance novel just to give us something lighthearted to think about. A romance novel can sometime be a much-needed break after a heavy novel that forces you to think. A great genre of romance novel to read is the historical romance genre. Most novels that are based in a period before the Second World War are categorized in this genre. The first of these novels was written by author Georgette Heyer who wrote sometime during the early twentieth century basing her novels in the Regency period. The popularity of historical romance novels has only grown since then, until recently where there has been a slight fall. An author writing a historical romance is expected to create characters that are true to the period and with every background detail in line with the happenings of the period.
Popular Historical Romance Novels
The genre of historical romance novels can be further divided into twelve sub genres which include the categories of Americana, Civil War, Colonial United States, Elizabethan, Georgian, Medieval, Native American, Pirate, Regency, Tudor, Victorian, Viking, and Western. Since 2001 the number of historical romance books published every year has dropped with a wider preference for romance novels based in the contemporary period. In 2004, according to statistics, only 486 romance novels of this genre were published in America which accounted for about 20% of all romance novels published that year. Despite a perceived fall in popularity, there are still many readers who remain die-hard fans of the genre. The list given below is a subjective compilation of some of the best selling and most popular historical romances of all time.
A Kingdom of Dreams Judith McNaught
A Summer To Remember Mary Balogh
All Through The Night Connie Brockway
Almost Heaven Judith McNaught
And Then He Kissed Her Laura Lee Guhrke
As You Desire Connie Brockway
Banner O'Brien Linda Lael Miller
Bet Me Jennifer Crusie
Bound By Your Touch Meredith Duran
Bride Stella Cameron
Cotillion Georgette Heyer
Devil In Winter Lisa Kleypas
Devil's Bride Stephanie Laurens
Devil's Cub Georgette Heyer
Dreaming of You Lisa Kleypas
Emma Jane Austen
Flowers From The Storm Laura Kinsale
Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell
Honor's Splendour Julie Garwood
It Had To Be You Susan E. Phillips
It Happened One Autumn Lisa Kleypas
Lady Sophia's Lover Lisa Kleypas
Lord of Scoundrels Loretta Chase
Lord Perfect Loretta Chase
Married by Morning Lisa Kleypas
Mr. Impossible Loretta Chase
Mr. Perfect Linda Howard
Not Quite a Husband Sherry Thomas
Once and Always Judith McNaught
Outlander Diana Gabaldon
Paradise Judith McNaught
Persuasion Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Private Arrangements Sherry Thomas
Rainbow Season Lisa Gregory
Ransom Julie Garwood
Rebecca Daphne du Maurier
Romancing Mr. Bridgerton Julia Quinn
Saving Grace Julie Garwood
Scandal In Spring Lisa Kleypas
Seduce Me At Sunrise Lisa Kleypas
Something Wonderful Judith McNaught
Suddenly You Lisa Kleypas
Sunset Embrace Sandra Brown
Tender Rebel Johanna Lindsey
The Bride Julie Garwood
The Duke and I Julia Quinn
The Duke of Shadows Meredith Duran
The Flame and the Flower Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Grand Sophy Georgette Heyer
The Lady's Tutor Robin Schone
The Last Hellion Loretta Chase
The Leopard Prince Elizabeth Hoyt
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie Jennifer Ashley
The Magnificent Rogue Iris Johansen
The Proposition Judith Ivory
The Raven Prince Elizabeth Hoyt
The Secret Julie Garwood
The Secret Pearl Mary Balogh
The Seduction Nicole Jordan
The Serpent Prince Elizabeth Hoyt
The Shadow and The Star Laura Kinsale
The Spymaster's Lady Joanna Bourne
The Viscount Who Loved Me Julia Quinn
The Windflower Laura London
Then Came You Lisa Kleypas
Thunder and Roses Mary Jo Putney
To Have and To Hold Patricia Gaffney
Untie My Heart Judith Ivory
What Happens In London Julia Quinn
When He Was Wicked Julia Quinn
Where Dreams Begin Lisa Kleypas
Whitney My Love Judith McNaught
Wicked Susan Johnson
Worth Any Price Lisa Kleypas
Pick up the books given in this list of best selling romance novels of the historical genre and you are sure not to be disappointed.