Historical Romance

Historical (September 10, 2015 @ 10:30 am)

The benchmark book is the regency romance Frederica by Georgette Heyer, and another (regency or not) historical romance title of your choosing. Historical romance, as defined in Romance Fiction: A Guide to the Genre by Kristin Ramsdell:

“Romance novels set at any time in the past, currently before the end of World War II, 1945, these novels usually focus on the attempts of characters to find success and fulfillment, personally, romantically, and professionally, within the framework of the particular historical time and place.”

Please comment on this post with your second title choice to avoid duplication.

Some resources for finding a second title:

Regency Rogues from Novelist (list of 16 titles — searching on Novelist for genre “historical romances” has 11,052 results!)

BookPage Reviews Historical Romance

Don’t Know Much About History? Read A Romance (NPR story)

Laugh Your Past Off: An Exercise in Humorous Historical Romances by Jennifer Brannen (Novelist article)

RITA Awards: Best Historical Romance

Notes from our meeting:

Historical Romance
September 10, 2015

What is appealing about historical fiction?
Ability to learn about time period without having to read non-fiction. Great to read about a time before computers and cell phones. Use of time period language.

Benchmark – Frederica by Georgette Heyer
A heroine that is cast against type was appealing although some felt that the romance was lackluster. Very well written. Author had a long and prolific career writing in romance and mystery.

If you like this author, try An Infamous Army with well written and detailed descriptions of the Battle of Waterloo.

In Regency one of the main characters is “society,” with all of the trappings, set in 1811-1820. Has its own vocabulary that deals with clothing and carriages. The whole princess fantasy plays out in being able to dress up and be wealthy.

Molly passed around this fun lexicon.

What we read (around the table):

Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase
Regency time although set in Egypt. Modern sensibility. Might appeal to Elizabeth Peters readers.

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
Modern, fast, sexy. Funny romances with both parties sure that they never want to marry.

The Bridal Season by Connie Brockway
Victorian wedding planning plays largely in the plot that is intentionally silly. Lots of shenanigans. Fairly chaste.

Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught
Tudor romance with extensive seduction scene. Lots of action.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean
Explicit.

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Eligible duke is paired with a barmaid by his mother.

Regina by Clare Darcy
Very similar story to Frederica with story, characters and setting. Included a mystery.

More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh
Middle of the road explicit. Complex plotting.

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
Part of series. Complex plotting.

Much Ado About You by Eloisa James
Author is a Shakespeare professor and it creeps into  plot. Fun, witty and explicit.

The Man from Stone Creek by Linda Lael Miller
Set in 1903 Arizona remote town. Prolific author. Wild west.

Romance versus a book that has a romance. In the romance the relationship is the main story. Romance is always happily ever after.

Next time: Romantic Suspense in early December

The benchmark is Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

6 Responses to Historical Romance

  1. Ben says:

    My second title will be The Bridal Season by Connie Brockway.

  2. Paula says:

    I’m going to read Mr. Impossible by Loretta Chase for my second book.

  3. Alene says:

    When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare! The third book in the delightful Castles Ever After series! Start with Romancing the Duke, then Say Yes to the Marquess!

  4. Faith says:

    More than a Mistress by Mary Balogh

  5. Jill says:

    Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
    (I should have looked here again before I made my final selection, I am already half way through it).

  6. Julie says:

    I read Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund

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