What are the best must-read historical romance novels?

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    #1Outlander

    Outlander

    Outlander is the first book in the historical romance series by Diana Gabaldon. It tells the story of Claire Randall a nurse from 1945 that is suddenly transported to the Scotland of 1743. There she meets Jamie Fraser a gallant Scottish warrior that will forever change her destiny.

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    Magdalena Garduño
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "There is no question, this is the perfect example for the topic. I would love to get this book right away, and those more than 4 stars rating out of 30 thousand reviews is greatly acknowledged and definitely worth considering if you are trying to look for the best books or must read historical romantic novels."
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    #2Devil in Winter (Wallflowers)

    Devil in Winter (Wallflowers)

    Devil in Winter is the third book in the Wallflowers series written by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance fiction book is first published in 2006 by Avon. 

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    Sharon Zhao
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Devil in Winter is a somewhat outlandish historical romance that can be read alone or with the other novels in it's series. It involves two unlikely lovers that marry for convenience and tease each other with a celibacy game, but ultimately fall in love. The heroine, though abused, is a strong female lead against a rake who must reform himself. Surprisingly relatable and entertaining."
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    #3The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées)

    The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées)

    In The Bride, Scottish laird Alec Kincaid takes the English gentlelady Jamie as his bride, by order of the king of Scots. Jamie does her best to resist the highland barbarian, but she eventually surrenders to his persistence.

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    Jerry McDonald
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "A book that shows how life was back then in England. Has a romantic story to it as well. Seems like a great read!."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that romance novels sell as much as fantasy, mystery, and science fiction novels combined? More than 70 million Americans read at least one romance novel every year. The sales for romance novels reached more than a billion dollars per year making it one of the most profitable industries related to literature. These numbers really show how much people like to read about romantic love and relationships

Though others might not know that there is actually a wide range of romance novels. There are romance sub-genres that differs by time frames, locations, or plot devices. Historical romance novels are one of the most popular sub-genre romance novels. Plots for historical romance novels usually take place in a setting located in the past. A huge factor why readers admire historical romance novels is the fascinating time period. The lovely period clothes, castles, social standing, family and political issues and the "Me and You against the world" story are the key ingredients for some of the best historical romance novels of all time. Pride and Prejudice, Outlander, Devil in Winter, Jane Eyre, The Duke and I, and A Kingdom of Dreams are one of the best selling historical romance novels

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    #4A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga)

    A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga)
    A Kingdom of Dreams is a historical romance novel by Judith McNaught that tells the story of Jennifer Merrick, who gets abducted by the fearsome earl, Royce Westmoreland, known as "the Wolf." It is the first book in the Westmoreland saga. 
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    Olivia Snyder
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Not everyone's cup of tea. Some are drawn in by the setting and the characters, but others seem to find what they want elsewhere. Do note that some editions of both the print and the e-reader versions are poorly polished."
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    #5The Duke and I (Bridgerton)

    The Duke and I (Bridgerton)

    The Duke and I is a historical romance novel by Julia Quinn. Set in England during the Regency era, it tells the story of Simon Bassett and his pretend courtship with Daphne Bridgerton. It is the first book in the Bridgerton series.

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    #6Voyager (Outlander)

    Voyager (Outlander)
    Voyager is a historical romance novel by Diana Gabaldon. The third book in the Outlander series, it tells the story of Claire Randall, who must choose between returning to the 18th century for Jamie Fraser or staying in the present.
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    Ben Li
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "a good journey through the history of the outlander setup. well written."
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    #7Dreaming of You (The Gamblers of Craven's)

    Dreaming of You (The Gamblers of Craven's)

    Dreaming of You is the second book in The Gamblers of Craven's series written by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance fiction book is first published in 1994. 

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    #8Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers)

    Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers)

    Secrets of a Summer Night is the first book in the Wallflower series written by Lisa Kleypas. this historical romance fiction book is first published in 2004. 

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    Mildred Stevens
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was okay, definitely not a must-read. I thought their romance was very sweet, but preferred more classic historical romances to this."
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    #9Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)

    Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)
    Ransom is a medieval Scottish romance about Gillian, an English woman, and her fight against the cruel Baron who killed her father. With Scottish chieftains and Bridgid Kirkconnell as allies, Gillian triumphs and finds love.
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    Billy Bowman
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "a confusing narrative to say the least, i am not sure if it was me or the book!"
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    #10Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways)

    Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways)

    Mine Till Midnight is the first book in The Hathaways series written by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance fiction book is first published in 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Kevin Martinez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "a good tale through the musical history. interesting one."
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    #11Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels)

    Lord of Scoundrels (Scoundrels)

    Jessica Trent is a smart and beautiful woman determined to save her brother from ruin no matter what, and that includes seducing the infamous Marquess of Dain, the man with the worst reputation... but who is irresistible to any woman. 

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    Gregory Boyd
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Didn't really enjoy the novel, seems far fetched. The story seems a bit confused, and not realistic. I didn't really like this read. "
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    #12The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series)

    The Viscount Who Loved Me (Bridgerton Series)

    Anthony Bridgerton has finally decided to marry, but the woman who wants her to be his bride is none but his own sister, Kate Sheffield. She is reluctant to do so, but everything changes when his lips touch hers. 

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    Victoria Henderson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "But this time the gossip columnists have it wrong. Anthony Bridgerton hasn't just decided to marry--he's even chosen a wife! The only obstacle is his intended's older sister, Kate Sheffield--the most meddlesome woman ever to grace a London ballroom. The spirited schemer is driving Anthony mad with her determination to stop the betrothal, but when he closes his eyes at night, Kate's the woman haunting his increasingly erotic dreams... Contrary to popular belief, Kate is quite sure that reformed rakes do not make the best husbands--and Anthony Bridgerton is the most wicked rogue of them all. Kate's determined to protect her sister--but she fears her own heart is vulnerable. And when Anthony's lips touch hers, she's suddenly afraid she might not be able to resist the reprehensible rake herself..."
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    #13It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers)

    It Happened One Autumn (Wallflowers)

    It Happened One Autumn is the second book in the Wallflowers series written by Lisa Kleypas. This historical romance fiction book is first published in 2005 by Avon. 

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    Joyce Ramos
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "My friend is a fan of historical romance, and she really liked this book. So if this genre is for you, you'll probably like this one."
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    #14Something Wonderful

    Something Wonderful

    Something Wonderful is the second book in the Sequels series written by the bestselling author Judith McNaught. This historical romance fiction novel was originally published in 1988.

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    Ramiro Ríos
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Something Wonderful is a pleasant read start to finish. There really is no disputing that. I'm not sure the characters totally clicked with me the way they seem to with some people, but I could still definitely recommend the book because the storyline is strong."
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    #15Flowers from the Storm

    Flowers from the Storm

    Flowers from the Storm is a standalone historical romance novel written by Laura Kinsale which centers on the love story of Duke of Jervaulx and Maddy Timms. 

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    Ralph Oliver
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I love historical novels and I think a must read from the historical romance genre is Flowers from the Storm. This is about the Duke of Jervaulx and the woman he falls in love with: Maddy Timms. I found it to be a real page turner. "
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    #16The Admiral's Penniless Bride

    The Admiral's Penniless Bride

    The Admiral's Penniless Bride is a standalone historical romance novel written by Carla Kelly which centers on the love story between Saul Paul and Admiral Sir Charles Bright after their arranged marriage. 

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    Nathan Sanchez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "There's nothing I love more than a romance novel, especially in the genre of historical romance. It turns out that The Admiral's Penniless Bride, by Carla Kelly, is one of the finest must-read examples of this genre. The character development is extensive and makes me invest more in the story. There's a lot of humor in this book which is refreshing but it's moving as well. Highly recommended!"
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    #17The King's Grey Mare

    The King's Grey Mare
    The King's Grey Mare is a historical romance novel for adults written by Rosemary Hawley Jarman. It was originally published in 2008. It is about Elizabeth Woodville, the queen of King Edward IV.
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    Alexander Cooper
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I am personally not a huge fan of historical romance. I think that so frequently the author gets it wrong and there are major flaws in the historical context. Though not a huge fan of the genre I think this book gets it right and is better than most. Recommended."
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    #18A Whisper of Roses

    A Whisper of Roses

    A Whisper of Roses is a historical romance fiction novel written by Teresa Medeiros. This novel was originally published in 1993. This book is about Morgan MacDonnell who has to marry his enemy's daughter.

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    Helen Johnson
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I thoroughly enjoyed this novel of adventure and romance. I read it once many years ago and I liked it even better after reading it again. 5 stars."
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    #19Afternoon of Autocrat

    Afternoon of Autocrat

    Afternoon of Autocrat is a historical romance and fiction novel written by Norah Lofts. This book was first published in 1956 and it was reprinted by Fawcett in October 1985.

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    Eric Wells
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "I have read this novel to times. I like the story. However, I believe that the end of the sorry is a little confusing. It becomes hard to find out the real purpose of the story."

Summary

Best What are the best must-read historical romance novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1OutlanderBooks 21 Paid
2Devil in Winter (Wallflowers)Books 19 Paid
3The Bride (Lairds' Fiancées) Books 17 Paid
4A Kingdom of Dreams (Westmoreland Saga)Books 16 Paid
5The Duke and I (Bridgerton)Books 16 Paid
6Voyager (Outlander)Books 13 Paid
7Dreaming of You (The Gamblers of Craven's)Books 12 Paid
8Secrets of a Summer Night (Wallflowers)Books 12 Paid
9Ransom (Highlands' Lairds)Books 12 Paid
10Mine Till Midnight (The Hathaways)Books 10 Paid
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