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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!

Miss Lattimore's Letter

Miss Lattimore's Letter

Author: Suzanne Allain Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/08/2021

The woman who never made a match of her own is making matches for everyone else in this hilarious comedy of manners from the author of Mr Malcolm's List. Sophronia Lattimore had her romantic dreams destroyed years ago and is resigned to her role as chaperone for her cousin. Still, she cannot sit idly by when she becomes aware that a gentleman is about to propose to the wrong woman. She sends him an anonymous letter that is soon the talk of the town, particularly when her advice proves to be correct. Her identity is discovered and Sophie, formerly a wallflower, becomes sought after for her 'expert' matchmaking skills. One person who seeks her out is the eligible and attractive Sir Edmund Winslow. As Sophie assists Sir Edmund in his pursuit of a wife, she wishes she could recommend herself as his bride. However, she vows to remain professional and uninvolved while aiding him in his search (especially since the gentleman surely does not return her affections). Three unexpected arrivals soon show up at Sophie's door - the man who once broke her heart, a newlywed who is dissatisfied with the match Sophie made for her, and the man madly in love with Sophie's cousin - all wanting her attention. But when her one-time beau and Sir Edmund both appear to be interested in her, Sophie can't figure out if she's headed for another broken heart or for the altar. How can she be expected to help other people sort out their romantic lives when her own is such a disaster?

The Wrong Marquess

The Wrong Marquess

Author: Vivienne Lorret Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret continues the Mating Habits of Scoundrels series with a debutante who believes she is destined to marry the lord next door until a fateful encounter with a rogue makes her wonder... if she might be falling for the wrong marquess! The wrong place... Elodie Parrish can feel spinsterhood breathing down her neck. That's the trouble with waiting for the marquess next door her entire life. But Ellie knows if she gives him one last Season, he'll finally propose. The only problem is, her path keeps crossing with the arrogant Lord Hullworth, who is convinced she has designs on him. The wrong time... Brandon, Marquess of Hullworth, never wanted to be London's Most Elusive Bachelor, or have a horde of hopeful debutantes and their scheming mamas follow him around. His past has left him too jaded to consider marrying any of them. At least, that's what he thinks... until he meets Ellie. She's quirky, opinionated, blushes easily, and drives him absolutely wild. The only problem is, she believes she's in love with someone else. Ellie never imagined that one sultry summer could change everything. But the more time she spends with Brandon researching her book on the mating habits of scoundrels, the more she starts to fall for... The Wrong Marquess

A Scot to the Heart

A Scot to the Heart

Author: Caroline Linden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

The second book in the clever, sexy Desperately Seeking Duke series from USA Today bestselling and RITA award-winning author Caroline Linden. An Officer and a Scotsman Captain Andrew St. James always knew he came from a noble family, but his branch grew far from the wealth and status. Nothing shocks him more than learning that he now stands as heir presumptive to his distant cousin the Duke of Carlyle. There is much for Drew to learn and adjust to-but first he goes home to Edinburgh, to tell his mother and three sisters of their startling good fortune. A Lady and a Temptress Ilsa Ramsay yearns for some adventure and fun, not another husband. When she discovers the handsome soldier who sweeps her off her feet for a rollicking dance is her friend's brother, soon to be an English duke, she tells herself he's not for her, no matter how tempting he is. But one impulsive kiss, then another, and another... says otherwise. An Irresistible Attraction Drew means to marry a respectable, dignified Englishwoman-a very proper future duchess. The spirited Ilsa is none of that. Still, when she's caught in a dangerous scandal, he leaps to her aid without hesitation. And neither family duty nor future obligation can make them ignore what's in both their hearts.

The Sultan's Wife

The Sultan's Wife

Author: Jane Johnson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

A sweeping historical adventure, set in 17th-century Morocco, from the bestselling author of Court of Lions. Morocco, 1677 The tyrannical King Ismail resides over the palace of Meknes. Through the sweltering heat of the palace streets, Nus Nus, slave to the king, is sent to the apothecary. There he discovers the bloody corpse of the herb man, and becomes entangled in a plot to frame him for the murder. Meanwhile, young, fair Alys Swann is captured during her crossing to England, where she is due to be wed. Sold into Ismail's harem, she is forced to choose: renounce her faith or die. An unlikely alliance develops between Alys and Nus Nus, one that will help them to survive the horrifying ordeals of King Ismail's court. Brimming with rich historical detail and peppered with real characters, from Charles I to Samuel Pepys, The Sultan's Wife is a story of enduring love and adventure. 'Jane Johnson writes the sort of books you want to tell everyone about ... I'm addicted' Katie Fforde 'An utterly compelling story' Stuart MacBride 'An irresistible page turner - I loved it' Barbara Erskine 'Full of intrigue, deceit, skulduggery and murder' Ben Kane

Wartime with the Cornish Girls

Wartime with the Cornish Girls

Author: Betty Walker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

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

The Ice Swan

The Ice Swan

Author: J'nell Ciesielski Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Amid the violent last days of the glittering Russian monarchy, a princess on the run finds her heart where she least expects it. 1917, Petrograd. Fleeing the murderous flames of the Russian Revolution, Princess Svetlana Dalsky hopes to find safety in Paris with her mother and sister. But the city is buckling under the weight of the Great War, and the Bolsheviks will not rest until they have erased every Russian aristocrat from memory. Svetlana and her family are forced into hiding in Paris's underbelly, with little to their name but the jewels they sewed into their corsets before their terrifying escape. Born the second son of a Scottish duke, the only title Wynn MacCallan cares for is that of surgeon. Putting his talents with a scalpel to good use in the hospitals in Paris, Wynn pushes the boundaries of medical science to give his patients the best care possible. After treating Svetlana for a minor injury, he is pulled into a world of decaying imperial glitter. Intrigued by this mysterious, cold, and beautiful woman, Wynn follows Svetlana to an underground Russian club where drink, dance, and questionable dealings collide on bubbles of vodka. Out of money and options, Svetlana agrees to a marriage of convenience with the handsome and brilliant Wynn, who will protect her and pay off her family's debts. It's the right thing for a good man to do, but Wynn cannot help but hope the marriage will turn into one of true affection. When Wynn's life takes an unexpected turn, so does Svetlana's-and soon Paris becomes as dangerous as Petrograd. And as the Bolsheviks chase them to Scotland and beyond, Wynn and Svetlana begin to wonder if they will ever be able to outrun the love they are beginning to feel for one another. The Ice Swan is a ray of light in the middle of a Europe that was sinking into darkness. Ciesielski's talent for storytelling from the heart is a feast for the readers' eyes. -Mario Escobar, international bestselling author of Remember Me and Children of the Stars Exciting World War I historical romance For fans of Kate Quinn, Beatriz Williams, and Aimie K. Runyan Full-length, stand-alone novel (approx. 120,000 words) Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Her Heart for a Compass

Her Heart for a Compass

Author: Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/2021

London 1865 In an attempt to rebel against a society where women are expected to conform, free-spirited Lady Margaret Montagu Scott flees the confines of polite society, and an arranged marriage. But Lady Margaret's parents, the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, as close friends with Queen Victoria, must face the public scrutiny of their daughter's impulsive nature, and Margaret is banished from polite society. Finding strength amongst equally free-spirited companions, including Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Louise, Margaret resolves to follow her heart. On a journey of self-discovery that will take her to Ireland, America, and then back to Britain, Lady Margaret must follow her internal compass and search for her place, and her own identity, in a changing society. Incorporating research into her heritage and drawing upon her own unique life journey and experiences, the Duchess pens a fictional account of the life of her great-great-aunt, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Rich in historical detail, Her Heart for a Compass offers a compelling look at Victorian England and the fascinating journey of a woman, born into the higher echelons of society, whose only desire is to follow her heart. With co-writer Marguerite Kaye, an accomplished Mills & Boon historical author, The Duchess has created a breathtaking romantic novel of daring to follow your heart against all odds. Set amongst the drawing rooms of Victoria's court, and the grand country houses of Scotland and Ireland.

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry

Not the Kind of Earl You Marry

Author: Kate Pembrooke Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/07/2021

In this stunning historical romance debut, a wary wallflower enters a fake engagement with one of London's most eligible bachelors. The one woman in London who doesn't want to marry him is now his fiancee. William Atherton, Earl of Norwood, is as shocked as the rest of London to discover his betrothal via an announcement in the morning paper. Furious at what appears to be a shrewd marriage trap, William tracks down his alleged fiancee before her plans can affect his campaign for a coveted political post. But then William realizes an engagement, however fake, may benefit them both . . . Miss Charlotte Hurst may be a wallflower, but she's no shrinking violet. She would never attempt such an underhanded scheme, especially not with a man as haughty or sought-after as Norwood. Yet his suggestion to play along with the betrothal has its merits . . . and the longer they pretend, the more undeniably real their feelings become. But when the true culprit behind their engagement is revealed, can their newfound happiness survive the scandal?

Devil in Disguise

Devil in Disguise

Author: Lisa Kleypas Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2021

New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a widowed lady and a Scot on the run. Perfect for fans of Sarah MacLean, Julia Quinn and Eloisa James. 'Lisa Kleypas is the best' Sarah MacLean 'The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.' Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who's running her late husband's shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she's been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn't be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible. From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don't fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed. So far, neither of those is going well. Keir doesn't know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals his secret connection to one of England's most powerful families. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can't have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she'll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise. 'Kleypas can make you laugh and cry . . . on the same page' Julia Quinn

Regency Reputations: English Rogues And Grecian Goddesses

Regency Reputations: English Rogues And Grecian Goddesses

Author: Liz Tyner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

A Compelling Agreement Melina's discovery of a priceless statue is her one hope of saving her family from ruin, if she can only get it back safely to London. Thrown together during the voyage, the Earl of Warrington shockingly comes to realise he's now honour-bound to keep her safe. But thrust into London's social whirl, how long will it take before she discovers his scandalous past? * Duke of Harling, Rhys Rolleston has two ambitions: secure a suitable marriage and produce male heirs. Until he's captivated by the exotic beauty Bellona Cherrol when he catches her trespassing on his land. Rhys knows she's the very antithesis of what a suitable duchess should be and should avoid her at all costs. Instead, he invites her to live under his roof!

Enthralled By Her Enemy's Kiss

Enthralled By Her Enemy's Kiss

Author: Helen Dickson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

From feuding families ...to an unlikely alliance? Jane Deighton's sister has eloped with the son of her family's sworn enemy! Determined to retrieve her at all costs, Jane is even willing to ask the man's formidable older brother, Lord Francis Randolph, for help. On their journey to find the runaways Jane and Francis reluctantly start gravitating towards one another-which culminates in one sinful kiss! Their families have been feuding for years, but Jane can't help herself being drawn to Francis's forbidden touch...

Royal

Royal

Author: Danielle Steel Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2021

In this spellbinding tale from Danielle Steel, a princess is sent away to safety during World War II, where she falls in love, and is lost forever. As the war rages on in the summer of 1943, causing massive destruction and widespread fear, the King and Queen choose to quietly send their youngest daughter, Princess Charlotte, to live with a trusted noble family in the Yorkshire countryside. Despite her fiery, headstrong nature, the princess's fragile health poses far too great a risk for her to remain in war-torn London. Third in line to the throne, seventeen year-old Charlotte reluctantly uses an alias upon her arrival in Yorkshire, her two guardians the only keepers of her true identity. A talented horsewoman, Charlotte begins to enjoy life out of the spotlight, concentrating on training with her beloved horse. But no one predicts that in the coming months she will fall deeply in love with her protectors' son. Far from her parents, a tragic turn of events leaves an infant orphaned. Alone in the world, that child will be raised in the most humble circumstances by a modest stable manager and his wife. No one, not even she, knows of her lineage. But when a stack of hidden letters comes to light, a secret kept for nearly two decades finally surfaces, and a long lost princess emerges. A fascinating story of family and royalty, and an unforgettable portrait of an extraordinary young woman and the man who brings her home, Royal is an exhilarating work from the world's favourite storyteller.