Wednesday, August 8, 2012

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...

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.
  1. A Kingdom of Dreams    Judith McNaught
  2. A Summer To Remember    Mary Balogh
  3. All Through The Night    Connie Brockway
  4. Almost Heaven    Judith McNaught
  5. And Then He Kissed Her    Laura Lee Guhrke
  6. As You Desire    Connie Brockway
  7. Banner O'Brien    Linda Lael Miller
  8. Bet Me    Jennifer Crusie
  9. Bound By Your Touch    Meredith Duran
  10. Bride    Stella Cameron
  11. Cotillion    Georgette Heyer
  12. Devil In Winter    Lisa Kleypas
  13. Devil's Bride    Stephanie Laurens
  14. Devil's Cub    Georgette Heyer
  15. Dreaming of You    Lisa Kleypas
  16. Emma    Jane Austen
  17. Flowers From The Storm    Laura Kinsale
  18. Gone With The Wind    Margaret Mitchell
  19. Honor's Splendour    Julie Garwood
  20. It Had To Be You    Susan E. Phillips
  21. It Happened One Autumn    Lisa Kleypas
  22. Lady Sophia's Lover    Lisa Kleypas
  23. Lord of Scoundrels    Loretta Chase
  24. Lord Perfect    Loretta Chase
  25. Married by Morning    Lisa Kleypas
  26. Mr. Impossible    Loretta Chase
  27. Mr. Perfect    Linda Howard
  28. Not Quite a Husband    Sherry Thomas
  29. Once and Always    Judith McNaught
  30. Outlander    Diana Gabaldon
  31. Paradise    Judith McNaught
  32. Persuasion    Jane Austen
  33. Pride and Prejudice    Jane Austen
  34. Private Arrangements    Sherry Thomas
  35. Rainbow Season    Lisa Gregory
  36. Ransom    Julie Garwood
  37. Rebecca    Daphne du Maurier
  38. Romancing Mr. Bridgerton    Julia Quinn
  39. Saving Grace    Julie Garwood
  40. Scandal In Spring    Lisa Kleypas
  41. Seduce Me At Sunrise    Lisa Kleypas
  42. Something Wonderful    Judith McNaught
  43. Suddenly You    Lisa Kleypas
  44. Sunset Embrace    Sandra Brown
  45. Tender Rebel    Johanna Lindsey
  46. The Bride    Julie Garwood
  47. The Duke and I    Julia Quinn
  48. The Duke of Shadows    Meredith Duran
  49. The Flame and the Flower    Kathleen Woodiwiss
  50. The Grand Sophy    Georgette Heyer
  51. The Lady's Tutor    Robin Schone
  52. The Last Hellion    Loretta Chase
  53. The Leopard Prince    Elizabeth Hoyt
  54. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie    Jennifer Ashley
  55. The Magnificent Rogue    Iris Johansen
  56. The Proposition    Judith Ivory
  57. The Raven Prince    Elizabeth Hoyt
  58. The Secret    Julie Garwood
  59. The Secret Pearl    Mary Balogh
  60. The Seduction    Nicole Jordan
  61. The Serpent Prince    Elizabeth Hoyt
  62. The Shadow and The Star    Laura Kinsale
  63. The Spymaster's Lady    Joanna Bourne
  64. The Viscount Who Loved Me    Julia Quinn
  65. The Windflower    Laura London
  66. Then Came You    Lisa Kleypas
  67. Thunder and Roses    Mary Jo Putney
  68. To Have and To Hold    Patricia Gaffney
  69. Untie My Heart    Judith Ivory
  70. What Happens In London    Julia Quinn
  71. When He Was Wicked    Julia Quinn
  72. Where Dreams Begin    Lisa Kleypas
  73. Whitney My Love    Judith McNaught
  74. Wicked    Susan Johnson
  75. Worth Any Price    Lisa Kleypas
  76. The Perfect Mistress  Victoria Alexander
  77. Lord and Lady Spy  Shana Galen

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.

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