Apr 12, 2017 @ 11:44 am koriecantor
These Historical Romances Will Make You Live, Laugh, Cry, And Love Like Never Before
There is something magical about romances of the eras gone by. From unspoken seething passion and grand sacrifices to demure looks and insurmountable obstacles, love in olden days was a mystical, enamoring subject that consumed you, and yet made you want to devour more of it. Romance remains an extensively-read genre, and no prizes for guessing, that most women love reading romance novels.
Like everything else, love too has changed in unrecognizable ways, and one can’t help but get nostalgic about classic, powerful, passionate historical romance novels that redefined love and transported every reader to those realms, boroughs and kingdoms. Today, we talk about seven historical romances that will make you look at love, life, relationships, pride, and passion from a different and enlightened perspective. These are the historical romances that every woman should read at least once.
1. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Your romance reading list is incomplete if you haven’t read Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ This novel, which is more than 200 years old, continues to stir emotions, dreams and practicality in women across the world.
Published for the first time in 1813, Pride and Prejudice continues to enthrall even today, making young girls believe that there is always the perfect man for them. Elizabeth Bennet is the heroine who inspires readers to not compromise in matters of the heart and be fearless enough to have a voice of their own.
Pride and Prejudice tops the list of historical romances for its nuanced understanding of human foibles and desires. You know and believe by the end of the book that your flaws and imperfections are an integral part of you, and the man who really loves you will continue to do so not despite them, but in fact, for them.
2. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
Set against the backdrop of the American civil war and with a heroine that shatters the image of a docile, likable heroine, Mitchell’s historical romance novel is a masterpiece like none other. It’s a book that makes you cringe with its racial prejudices and stereotypes.
Scarlet ‘O Hara is the protagonist, who leaves you uncomfortable and desirous at the same time. Her multiple affairs and marriages tactfully depict the wild abandon that comes with love.
Gone with the Wind is a romance that touches on multiple layers, from the pangs of unrequited love and the turbulence that physical attraction and energy can bring to the power of true love that is depicted through Ashley and Melanie’s marriage. Gone with the Wind will leave you thinking of romance in all its myriad elements and is an absolute must-read.
3. Lord of Scoundrels - Loretta Chase
What is love and romance without a little risk? The edginess, passion, and attraction of will make you swoon. Lord of Scoundrels is a must-read for every romance addict. The characters are unforgettable, and the intimacy and passion between the leads is the stuff that every romance reader dreams of.
Whether you want to read it to spice up things in your bedroom or just want a romantic ride with all the thrills that romance begets, romances set in a bygone era do not get steamier and better than Lord of Scoundrels.
4. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Love, loss, loyalty, and everything in between comes packed in this historical romance novel. The storyline evokes a plethora of emotions, and the lonely moorland imagery is poetic romance at its helm.
The intense and chaotic storyline coupled with the themes of unreciprocated love, humiliation, resurgence of the hero, and class struggles make it an iconic book to read. It is a historical romance novel that will transport you to another era and remain etched in your mind forever.
5. The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
A true historical tale has the power to capture our mind and mesmerize us. Gregory’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ is a compelling tale of love, jealousy, ambition, political intrigue, and sexual liaisons.
The book centers around the repetitive, but the ever-evoking theme of two women fighting over a man. The beautifully sketched landscapes, and the clamor and flamboyance of the exciting European court will keep you turning the pages fervently.
But, what will stay with you, long after the novel is over is the incredible grit and courage of the beautiful, innocent, Mary Boleyn.
6. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
“Don’t be afraid. There’s the two of us now.”
A historical romance novel that finds mention in any and every historical romance list compiled, ‘Outlander’ is a time-travel romance novel set against the backdrop of the post-World War II and the mid-18th century Scotland.
Outlander, dear women, will leave you charmed out of your wits. Jamie is undoubtedly one of the most charismatic male protagonists you will encounter in English literature, and will raise your standards for men irreversibly.
Fidelity, desire, passion unlike any, and completely different times and cultures are some of the great themes of this novel. Outlander will leave you gasping for breath and coming back to it over and over again.
7. Devil in Winter - Lisa Kleypas
Lisa Kleypas is clearly unparalleled when it comes to romance. ‘Devil in Winter’ is a tantalizing romance between two equally delicious lead characters. When the notorious Vincent Sebastian and the pristine Evangeline Jenner come together, there are fireworks and the chemistry is beyond palpable.
But, then comes the twist that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Evie refuses to be just another conquest of Sebastian. Will Sebastian lose at the art of seduction for the first time, or will he finally fall in true love, the kind he has been running away from?
Mystery, endearment, love, intimacy, passion, proposition, and humor, this these elements encompassed in this book, it will captivate you from the beginning. Pay special attention to the stirring dialogues between the lead characters and the underlying chemistry between them.
So this was our list of the must-read historical romances that will evoke a plethora of emotions within you. At times, you will love these characters, and at other times, you will weep with them. These literary gems will leave you with a deep sense of satisfaction and a feeling of genuine resurgence of love and romance. Be prepared to turn the pages, gasp for breath, and simply fall in love with the idea of love again.