postheadericon Historical Romantic Novels

Among the very first Historical Romantic Novels was Samuel Richardson’s well-liked 1740 book Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, that was groundbreaking on 2 counts: it concentrated nearly totally on courtship and accomplished it fully from the viewpoint of a female central character. Within the following century, Jane Austen broadened the genre, and her Pride and Prejudice is generally regarded as the ultimate example of the genre. Georgette Heyer, introducing historical romances in 1921, was greatly  influenced by Austen’s work.

Historical Romantic Novels are placed prior to the 2nd World War. This subgenre contains a large selection of various other subgenres, which includes Regency Romance. Regency romances are a subgenre of romantic works of fiction set throughout the era of the English Regency or earlier 19th century. Instead of merely being variants of modern romance stories transferred to a historical location, Regency romances are a unique genre with their very own plot as well as stylistic methods that are derived from the publications of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer, as well as from the fiction genre referred to as the novel of manners. The more conventional Regencies, especially, boast significant amounts of smart, fast-paced dialog among the main characters.

Aside from Regency Romance, the next subgenres are generally observed within historical romance: Medieval Romantic Novels: These types of romances are usually set somewhere between 938-1485; Tudor Romance: These kinds of romances are placed in England somewhere between 1485 and 1558; Elizabethan Romance: These books are placed in England between 1558 and 1603, throughout the time period of Elizabeth I; Georgian Romantic Novels: These types of works of fiction are set somewhere between 1714 and 1810 in England; Victorian Romance: These works are placed anywhere between 1832 and 1901 in England; Colonial United States Romantic Novels: These types of books are set in the US between 1630 and 1798; Civil War Romance: These novels are placed in the former Confederacy and they cover the timeframe of the American Civil War and Reconstruction; Western Romance: These kinds of books are placed within the frontier of the United States, Canada, or Australia; Americana Romance: These novels are placed  between 1880 and 1920 in the US, generally in a small town or in the Midwest; Viking Romantic Novels: These types of publications deal with the romances of Vikings throughout the Dark Ages or Middle Ages; and  Pirate Romantic Novels: these are works of fiction showcasing a woman (or man) who is sailing, or considered to be sailing, as a buccaneer or privateer on the high seas;

Here is a list of Historical Romantic Novels and Classic Romantic Novels:

postheadericon Northanger Abbey

Northanger AbbeyBy Jane Austen

Seventeen year-old Catherine Morland goes to Bath for the season as the guest of family friends Mr. and Mrs. Allen.

Catherine is a naive girl who also has an overactive imagination, which is further magnified by her obsession with gothic literature. She is captivated by Henry Tilney with his views on literature and his knowledge of history and the world. Henry’s father, General Tilney, invites Catherine to visit their estate, Northanger Abbey.

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postheadericon Pride and Prejudice

Pride and PrejudiceBy Jane Austen

A humorous portrayal of the social atmosphere of late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century England, Pride and Prejudice deals with the intelligent, but high-spirited Elizabeth Bennet who endeavors to stay true to her ideals while her dim-witted, meddlesome mother plots to see all five her vivacious daughters married and to secure her family’s destiny.

Twists and shocking revelations await Elizabeth who has to choose between the dashing Mr. Wickham and the aristocratic, but proud and aloof Mr. Darcy.

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postheadericon Sense and Sensibility

Sense and SensibilityBy Jane Austen

Sense and Sensibility is the classic first novel by Jane Austen about the lives of the sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood.

After the death of the sisters’ father, the estate passes to their older half-brother named John. The sisters are left in reduced circumstances and they have to move to a new home, a cottage on a distant relative’s property, where they experience both romance and heartbreak.

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postheadericon The Hidden Places

The Hidden PlacesBy Bertrand W. Sinclair

When Hollister returns from World War I, he is officially dead. He was so reported, so accepted 18 months earlier.

His wife married again. She and her husband vanished from England. And with his wife vanished his assets, his estate, by virtue of a pre-war arrangement which he never revoked.

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postheadericon The Obstacle Race

The Obstacle RaceBy Ethel M. Dell

‘He bent lower. “We’ve got to risk something,” he said, and with a swiftness of decision that she had not expected he took her chin and turned her face fully upwards to his own. The colour rushed in vivid scarlet to her temples. She met his eyes for one fleeting second then closed her own with a gasp and a blind effort to escape that was instantly quelled. For he kissed her–he kissed her–pressing his lips to hers closely and ever more closely, as a man consumed with thirst draining the cup to the last precious drop.

When he let her go, she was burning, quivering, tingling from head to foot as if an electric current were coursing through and through her. And the citadel had fallen. She made no further attempt to keep him out.’

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