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Best Historical Romance Books

Romance novels where the timeframe of the novel takes place sometime before the 1950s.

Recommendations from 9 articles, Courtney Milan, Ella Dawson.
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An Extraordinary Union
An Epic Love Story of the Civil War (The Loyal League)
Alyssa Cole - 2017-03-28
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As the Civil War rages between the states, a courageous pair of spies plunge fearlessly into a maelstrom of ignorance, deceit, and danger, combining their unique skills to alter the course of history and break the chains of the past . . .Elle Burns is a former slave with a passion for justice and an eidetic memory. Trading in her life of freedom in...
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Outlander
Diana Gabaldon - 1992-01-01 (first published in 1991)
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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...
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Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake
Sarah MacLean - 2010-03-30
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A lady does not smoke cheroot. She does not ride astride. She does not fence or attend duels. She does not fire a pistol, and she never gambles at a gentlemen's club.Lady Calpurnia Hartwell has always followed the rules, rules that have left her unmarried—and more than a little unsatisfied. And so she's vowed to break the rules and live the life of...
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Butterfly Swords
Jeannie Lin - 2010-09-28
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During China's infamous Tang Dynasty, a time awash with luxury yet littered with deadly intrigues and fallen royalty, betrayed Princess Ai Li flees before her wedding. Miles from home, with only her delicate butterfly swords for defense, she enlists the reluctant protection of a blue-eyed warrior. Battle-scarred, embittered Ryam has always held his...
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The Devil in Winter
Lisa Kleypas - 2006-01-01
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Librarian's Note: Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found here.Four young ladies enter London society and band together to each find a husband. Has the third "Wallflower" now met her match?A Devil's BargainEasily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escap...
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The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics
Feminine Pursuits
Olivia Waite - 2019-06-25
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As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes ...
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Romancing the Duke
Castles Ever After
Tessa Dare - 2014-01-28
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In the first in Tessa Dare's captivating Castles Ever After series, a mysterious fortress is the setting for an unlikely love . . .As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities.And as ...
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The Duchess War
Courtney Milan - 2016-08-23 (first published in 2012)
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Sometimes love is an accident.This time, it’s a strategy.Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly—so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least the...
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Indigo
Beverly Jenkins - 2014-02-28
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As a child Hester Wyatt escaped slavery, but now the dark skinned beauty is a dedicated member of Michigan's Underground railroad, offering other runaways a chance at the freedom she has learned to love. When one of her fellow conductors brings her an injured man to hide, Hester doesn't hesitate even after she is told about the price on his head. T...
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Devil's Daughter
The Ravenels meet The Wallflowers
Lisa Kleypas - 2019-02-19
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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas delivers a scintillating tale of a beautiful, young widow who finds passion with the one man she shouldn't...Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's lif...
Mine Till Midnight by Lisa Kleypas
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn
The Duke Who Didn't by Courtney Milan
Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn
Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite
Unmasked by the Marquess by Cat Sebastian