From Our Friends at BookSparks
Not everyone’s a fan of history, but who can deny the beauty of a romantic period piece? Imagine all the zealous love in the air during The Great Depression, or the rush of sneaking out into the Tsar-controlled Russian night. Really- historical fiction is a great genre for romance lovers. Here are five gorgeous tales of historical sparks which basically give us an unreasonable amount of butterflies and heart palpitations.
A Girl Like You by Michelle Cox
Chicago in the 1930s – be still, our history-obsessed hearts. Henrietta Von Harmon is struggling to maintain a positive outlook after the economic crash led her father to commit suicide. Responsible for her mother and younger siblings, Henrietta reluctantly takes a job at a local dance hall where the floor matron is soon murdered. Dashing inspector Clive Howard convinces Henrietta to go undercover in Chicago’s dark underworld of crime, and her mission for evidence leads to an undeniable romance sure to leave readers swooning.
The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
For historical fiction lovers who don’t mind a fantastical twist, The Crown’s Game is the ultimate trifecta of romance, magic and history. Evelyn Skye’s debut novel is an enchantingly fiery summer read about two teenagers who compete for the coveted role of “Imperial Enchanter” – most trusted adviser to the tsar – in Imperial Russia. In an ancient duel of magical skill, Vika Adreyeva and Nikolai Karimov face off and fight to protect Russia from the looming threats of long-hidden secrets and bordering enemies – but when romance blooms between the two, their lives and the empire are put at risk.
The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
Teenager Josephine Marcus is whisked away to the mining town of Tombstone, Arizona – faraway from her Jewish parents – convinced by the promise she will marry famous desert lawyer Johnny Behan. When she finds herself drawn to legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp instead, the forbidden romance causes Behan’s jealousy to boil over with near-fatal results. Based on the famed gunfight at O.K. Corral, Josephine fights for her happy ending fiercely and relentlessly, even if she’s the last woman standing.
Journey’s End by Renee Ryan
A brilliant ode to the power of love and forgiveness, Journey’s End is about one young English woman’s emotional struggle to choose between long-awaited justice and an unexpected love. Growing up in the slums of nineteenth-century London, Caroline St. James is no stranger to survival. When her mother suddenly dies, Caroline sails to New York to confront the man who refused to help her suffering mother: her own grandfather. Plotting to destroy his world of luxury, she meets a righteous man who may forever prevent her from tasting the vengeance she craves.
The Memory Of Us by Camille di Maio
With a closet full of ball gowns and a line of potential suitors at her door, Julianne Westcott was living every Protestant girl’s dream in prewar Liverpool. She receives a rude awakening from her opulent lifestyle when she learns her long-lost brother was institutionalized at birth. Desperately keeping her pristine image intact while forging a relationship with her new brother, she finds herself falling in love with a man on the road to priesthood. But when war rains down on England, she is forced to leave it all behind. Twenty years later and still hiding from her past, truth knocks on the door. But will Julianne answer?
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