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See below for a selection of the latest books from Historical romance category. Presented with a red border are the Historical romance books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Historical romance books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Secrets of Saffron Hall

The Secrets of Saffron Hall

Author: Clare Marchant Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2021

Two women. Five centuries apart. One life-changing secret about to be unearthed... 1538 New bride Eleanor impresses her husband by growing saffron, a spice more valuable than gold. His reputation in Henry VIII's court soars - but fame and fortune come at a price, for the king's favor will not last forever... 2019 When Amber discovers an ancient book in her grandfather's home at Saffron Hall, the contents reveal a dark secret from the past. As she investigates, so unravels a forgotten tragic story and a truth that lies much closer to home than she could have imagined... An enchanting historical novel about love and hope in dangerous times, perfect for fans of Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir. 'Emotional and intense, this is a page-turning story of secrets that echo through time' Rachel Hore, author of The Love Child 'A rich and vivid historical story, this is one of those rare books that is totally engrossing. I loved it' Nicola Cornick, author of The Forgotten Sister 'The past and present is skilfully entwined in this captivating and emotional debut' Heidi Swain, author of The Secret Seaside Escape 'Emotive, immersive and compelling, a beautiful story that captures the heart' Liz Fenwick, author of The Path to the Sea 'This pulled me in and didn't let me go: a page-turner with such historical depth and tender touch that it enchanted my heart. I adored it.' Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop 'Intriguing and fascinating, a real insight into a turbulent time in England's history' Kathleen McGurl, author of The Secret of the Chateau 'An intensely gripping, emotional read, that kept me turning the pages until the early hours of the morning. An atmospheric story sure to please all fans of timeslip novels!' Christina Courtenay, author of Echoes of the Runes 'A beautifully written story which pulls you in and whisks you away to another time.' Rosie Hendry, author of the East End Angels series

Regency Scandal: Passion In Spades

Regency Scandal: Passion In Spades

Author: Marguerite Kaye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Hidden secrets To catch his father's murderer, broodingly arrogant Conte Luca del Pietro requires help from a most unlikely source-Becky Wickes, London's finest cardsharp. Becky's innocence and warmth captivate Luca, but as their chemistry burns hotter, the stakes of their perilous game are getting higher. For Luca is no longer playing for justice-but also to win Becky's heart... * Jean-Luc Bauduin, Parisian society's most eligible bachelor, is determined to take only a wife of his choosing. But until that day comes, he'll ward off his admirers by hiring Lady Sophia Acton to wear his ring. The passion Jean-Luc shares with his convenient bride is enormously satisfying-until he discovers Sophia's utterly scandalous past!

Kidnapped By The Viking

Kidnapped By The Viking

Author: Caitlin Crews Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Stolen by the enemy... In thrall to his touch! Mercian Princess Aelfwynn's hard-earned escape from a tumultuous life at court to a nunnery is thwarted when she's kidnapped by rugged Viking Thorbrand from a rival clan. She expects this dark-hearted warrior to have wicked intentions, but he's not the savage beast she fears. There's something about him that calls to her...and soon it's the shockingly addictive pleasure she finds with her captor that's the biggest danger of all!

The Knight's Runaway Maiden

The Knight's Runaway Maiden

Author: Nicole Locke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

She hates all Warstones... Can this one win her love? Balthus of Warstone secretly loved Severine, even though she was unhappily married to his brute of a brother-and then she fled six years ago. Now her husband is dead, Balthus must find Severine and reclaim her sons as his father's heirs. But Balthus's desire is to claim her too and, despite his battle-maimed arm and her distrust of his family, he'll prove he's a suitor worthy of such a courageous woman...

Rogue Warrior

Rogue Warrior

Author: Margaret Mallory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

The first two books in the steamy medieval romance series All the King's Men from Margaret Mallory -- together for the first time in print! Knight of Desire His surcoat still bloody from battle, William FitzAlan comes to claim the strategic borderlands granted to him by the king. One last prize awaits him at the castle gates: the lovely Lady Catherine Rayburn. Catherine risked everything to spy for the crown. Her reward? Her lands are declared forfeit and she is given this choice: marry FitzAlan or be taken to the Tower. Catherine agrees to give her handsome new husband her body, but she's keeping secrets, and dare not give him her heart. As passion ignites and danger closes in, Catherine and William must learn to trust in each other to save their marriage, their land, and their very lives. Knight of Pleasure Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country. Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers -- until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. So when a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen has a chance to prove that he is more than a knight of pleasure. . . and that love can conquer all.

The Charleston Scandal

The Charleston Scandal

Author: Pamela Hart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

If you devoured THE CROWN you will love this exuberant story of a young Australian actress caught up in the excesses, royal intrigues and class divide of Jazz Age London, losing her way but reclaiming her heart in the process London, 1920s: Kit Scott, a privileged young Australian aiming to become a star, arrives in the city to find the Jazz Age in full swing. Cast in a West End play opposite another young hopeful, Canadian Zeke Gardiner, she dances blithely into the heady lifestyle of English high society and the London theatre set, from Noel Coward to Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele. When Kit is photographed dancing the Charleston alongside the Prince of Wales, she finds herself at the centre of a major scandal, sending the Palace into damage control and Kit to her aristocratic English relatives - and into the arms of the hedonistic Lord Henry Carleton. Amid the excesses of the Roaring Twenties, both Zeke and Kit are faced with temptations - and make choices that will alter the course of their lives forever. Readers of Natasha Lester's A KISS FROM MR FITZGERALD will love THE CHARLESTON SCANDAL. Bestselling author Pamela Hart's energetic, masterful storytelling will have you glued right until the end. Praise for Pamela Hart 'This book is heart-wrenching proof that all's NOT fair in love and war, especially for a lone woman in a man's world.' Valerie Parv on A Letter From Italy 'Evokes WWI Sydney to the point where the reader can almost feel the salty wind blowing off the harbour as the troops are shipped out through the Heads' Books + Publishing on The Soldier's Wife 'A Letter From Italy cements Pamela Hart as a go-to author when I want a love story to remember' Ausrom Today

Wartime with the Cornish Girls

Wartime with the Cornish Girls

Author: Betty Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2021

Pre-order now: the first in the feel-good new Cornish Girls series 1941. The Blitz rages over London. And even in Cornwall, the war is being fought... When Violet loses her sister in the Blitz, she must take her nieces to safety in Cornwall. On the coast, she meets carefree chorus girl Eva, who is also running from the dangers of London. But Porthcurno hides a secret military base, and soon Violet and Eva realise there's a battle to fight in Cornwall, too. Together with local Hazel, who works on the base, they must come together to help the war effort. But will their friendship be enough to keep them safe? The perfect uplifting wartime read for fans of Nancy Revell and Donna Douglas. 'A fascinating story, beautifully written, with interesting characters I really liked. A most enjoyable read!' Kitty Neale, Sunday Times bestselling author of A Daughter's Ruin 'A warm-hearted story - at times I laughed and at others I held my breath ... I loved the characters and I'm delighted it is the first in a series' Pam Weaver, Sunday Times bestselling author of Goodnight Sweetheart

A Viscount To Save Her Reputation

A Viscount To Save Her Reputation

Author: Helen Dickson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

The makings of a scandal... Or a marriage? Escaping from a marriage she didn't want, heiress Lucy Walsh falls straight into the arms of Christopher Wilding, Viscount Rockley-causing a scandal! Lucy's drawn to the enigmatic Viscount, but he seems to think he's too cynical and mature for her. While she's under his protection the ton will gossip...and with her godmother on her way to fetch her Lucy is running out of options to save her reputation-and her heart!

Rescued By Her Highland Soldier

Rescued By Her Highland Soldier

Author: Sarah Mallory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

Her rugged Highlander... is the gallant son of a laird!

How To Catch A Duke

How To Catch A Duke

Author: Grace Burrowes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/04/2021

The Heiress

The Heiress

Author: Molly Greeley Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2021

**An Oprah Magazine Most Anticipated Historical Novel of 2021** **A Buzzfeed 'Book You're Going to Love in 2021'** 'With stunningly lyrical writing, Greeley elevates Austen-inspired fiction onto a whole new plane.' - Natalie Jenner, author of The Jane Austen Society As a fussy baby, Anne was prescribed laudanum to quiet her and has been given the opium-heavy syrup ever since, on account of her continuing ill health. While Lady Catherine is outraged when Darcy chooses not to marry her daughter, Anne barely even notices. But little by little, she comes to see that what she has always been told is an affliction of nature might in fact be one of nurture - and one, therefore, that she can beat. She finally throws away her laudanum and seeks refuge at the London home of her cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Suddenly wide awake to the world but utterly unprepared, Anne must forge a new identity among those who have never seen the real her - including herself. With its wit, sensuality and compassion, The Heiress is a sparklingly rebellious novel that takes a shadowy figure from the background of beloved classic Pride & Prejudice and throws her into the light. 'Haunting. The Heiress has all the hallmarks of nineteenth-century Gothic, which doesn't shy away from modern ills, such as the opiate crisis, Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and homophobia. Highly recommended.' - Finola Austin, author of Bronte's Mistress

To Love and to Loathe

To Love and to Loathe

Author: Martha Waters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2021

If you love Sophie Ranald, Jo Watson and Julia Quinn's Bridgertons, you'll love Martha Waters' ingenious, laugh-out-loud rom-com, To Love and to Loathe! 'Martha Waters's To Love and to Loathe is sweet, sexy, and utterly fun. A love story with depth to match its humor, and refreshingly frank communication between its two headstrong leads - I adored it' Emily Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Beach Read 'Packed with saucy banter and delightful period details, this Regency rom-com is completely charming. Diana and Jeremy's maddening and magical chemistry make this hard to put down' Hannah Orenstein, author of Head Over Heels and Love at First Like 'To Love and to Loathe is pure fun on every page. With their witty verbal sparring, steamy chemistry, and unexpected tender moments, Jeremy and Diana were made for each other but are the last to know it' Sarah Hogle, author of You Deserve Each Other and Twice Shy The widowed Diana, Lady Templeton and Jeremy, Marquess of Willingham are infamous among English high society as much for their sharp-tongued bickering as their flirtation. One evening, an argument at a ball turns into a serious wager: Jeremy will marry within the year or Diana will forfeit one hundred pounds. So shortly after, just before a fortnight-long house party at Elderwild, Jeremy's country estate, Diana is shocked when Jeremy appears at her home with a very different kind of proposition. After his latest mistress unfavourably criticized his skills in the bedroom, Jeremy is looking for reassurance, so he has gone to the only woman he trusts to be totally truthful. He suggests that they embark on a brief affair while at the house party - Jeremy can receive an honest critique of his bedroom skills and widowed Diana can use the gossip to signal to other gentlemen that she is interested in taking a lover. Diana thinks taking him up on his counter-proposal can only help her win her wager. With her in the bedroom and Jeremy's marriage-minded grandmother, the formidable Dowager Marchioness of Willingham, helping to find suitable matches among the eligible ladies at Elderwild, Diana is confident her victory is assured. But while they're focused on winning wagers, they stand to lose their own hearts. Praise for Martha Waters' ingenious rom-com debut, To Have and to Hoax: 'Delights with hilarious, high-concept romantic schemes...this joyful, elegant romp is sure to enchant' Publishers Weekly, starred review on To Have and to Hoax 'Cleverly conceived and brilliantly executed debut is served up with an abundance of cheeky charm and wonderfully wry wit' Booklist, starred review 'To Have and to Hoax is an authentic romantic comedy... This fun and fresh historical debut will delight readers with humor and romance as a young couple battles to win back each other's affection' Shelf Awareness 'Endlessly charming...absorbing and clever and at times laugh-out-loud funny' Kate Clayborn, author of Love Lettering 'To Have and to Hoax is a delightful battle of wits that's funny and touching all at once. James and Violet are perfectly matched, and you'll love watching the sparks fly as they both infuriate each other and fall in love all over again' Jen DeLuca, author of Well Met 'A laugh out loud Regency romp - if you loved the Bridgertons, you'll adore To Have and to Hoax!' Lauren Willig, New York Times bestselling author