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February 14th, 2013 by Evangeline Holland

Top Late Victorian/Edwardian Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day

It’s a bit of a cliche to recommend romance novels for Valentine’s Day, but here are a few I highly recommend for a superb blend of history, passion, and adventure!

To Dream Again
A deeply-moving and angsty historical set in the 1880s featuring a bitter widow and the idealistic toymaker who hopes to win her with his dreams and his love. – Read more

The Shadow and the Star
The end of this book gets pretty wacky, IMO, but it’s set on the cusp of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887, and features a very unique narrative style and some really great characters. – Read more

The Perfect Mistress
Only Betina Krahn can make William Gladstone’s prostitute-walks, a hero determined to ruin Gladstone over them, and a reluctant courtesan’s desire to be respectable utterly hilarious. – Read more

The Bachelor List
This is the book that made me fall in love with the Edwardian era. Warning–Constance and Max are pretty spiky characters, so none of the froth of Downton Abbey here! – Read more

On the Wings of Love
A very sweet and inspiring historical set around the early aviation pioneers in 1910s America. It veers a little more to the women’s historical fiction side, but I always appreciate a good heroine-centric story. – Read more

Not Quite Husband
Sherry Thomas writes difficult books–difficult in that the characters don’t have an easy path to a HEA and sometimes their stories seem a bit…abrupt. I’ve read three of her books so far, and this was the only one that didn’t leave me feeling vaguely dissatisfied by the ending! 😉 A plus is its Central Asian setting. – Read more

Gather the Bones
This has a bit of “woo-woo” in it, so if you like your historicals straight, this might not be for you. Nevertheless, I found this post-WWI romance gripping and haunting, with lovely writing that cuts straight to the point. – Read more

Beast
An opulently written twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale. Plus, it’s set in 1900s France! – Read more

A Lady Never Lies
Sexy and funny, with just the right dollop of history to make this a great read. And I have a thing for red-headed scientist heroes. – Read more

ETA: Can’t forget my own novella, Lady Myddelton’s Lover! 😉

Comments

2 Responses to “Top Late Victorian/Edwardian Romance Novels for Valentine’s Day”
  1. Evangeline:

    Sherry Thomas is one of my auto-buys. 🙂 But I’m not familiar with many of the others so they’re going on my TBR list now.

    In other news, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award. Here’s a link to my blog for the award and guidelines: http://www.amararoyce.com/2013/02/liebster-mein-liebster-award.html
    I hope you’ll play along. 🙂

    -Amara

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