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I read my very first historical romance many years ago in the heyday of the bodice rippers. I think it was Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers, chronicling the tumultuous romance of Ginny Brandon and Steve Morgan. The setting included some European venues but the heart of the story (the real romance) happened in New Orleans. I was hooked.
I abandoned the genre for a long time after most historical romances seemed to be set in England or thereabouts. They lacked the passion and rawness of the stories set in America’s frontiers.
A few years ago, friends lured me back to historical romance with Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower and Hathaways series. Though both are set in England, they were fresh and more interesting than those I’d read in the past. But then a friend recommended a western historical romance series by Lorraine Heath and I was home again!
Heath’s Texas Trilogy will always be my most favorite American historical romance. Since then, I’ve discovered many more and continue to seek them out. There’s often an element of danger as the towns or ranches are frequently set in outposts or lightly populated areas of the West. And, without the restrictions of societal customs that are staples of regency period stories, the romances can be much steamier, interesting and unpredictable.
It’s also an opportunity for me to learn much more about American history. From the American Revolution to pre- and post-Civil War eras through the industrial period, there’s fertile ground to be explored in these stories.
Here are some of my favorite series and authors. I haven’t finished all of them but I definitely plan to do so.
Texas Trilogy by Lorraine Heath
Sweet Lullaby by Lorraine Heath
Crawford Family by Holly Bush
Train Station Bride
Contract to Wed
The Maid’s Quarters
Reconstructing Jackson by Holly Bush
Heart of a Dove by Abbie Williams
The Beloved One by Danelle Harmon (The de Montforte Brothers #2)
Grayson Brothers by Wendy Lindstrom
Shades of Honor
Lips That Touch Mine
Kissing in the Dark
Sleigh of Hope
Blakewell/Kenleigh Family Trilogy by Pamela Clare
Ride the Fire
In Want of a Wife by Jo Goodman (Bitter Springs #3)
Do you have any historical romance books with American settings you’d recommend?
I also love to talk about books. There’s nothing more exciting than to finish a great story and cover it A to Z with other people, exploring different perspectives and points of view. So, if you see something on my shelf you’d like to talk about, send me a message and we’ll talk!
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