I have come to the realization, these last few months, that I am a romance fiend. More specifically historical romance. So that’s anything from Edwardian to Regency, Scottish to Victorian. I still love my mysteries, historical fiction and cookbooks, but I can no longer deny my love for a good, light romance.
Now over the past couple of years I’ve seen the whole online debate about what’s considered “true” romance, and what isn’t. Can you have an adventure with romantical elements? Of course. Because mixing genres and character attributes is more widely accepted these days than in decades past.
As such, I have found that I read a lot more romance over on my digital bookshelf. aka my Kindle app. I’ve read everything from light, fairy tale inspired romances to some that are a little more hardcore (though I’ve never read 50 Shades of Grey and don’t intend on doing so).
In today’s blog post, I’m going to highlight some titles that are on my digital bookshelf. No all of them are going to be romances. In fact, some might even be Christian fiction (gasp at that combination!). But I shouldn’t be ashamed of my reading choices, and neither should you. So let’s take a look at some of the titles I hope to read in the very near future.
The Impossible Dream
Author: Gemma Jackson
Genre: Historical Fiction
In 1898 three young girls leave a Dublin orphanage to enter a life of domestic service. They are placed in the home of Captain Charles Whitmore but soon discover that the household is in turmoil. Charles, hoping to amass a fortune, is preparing to set off on a long sea voyage, deliberately leaving his wife Georgina almost penniless to fend for herself and the servants.
Georgina, who has been desperate to break free from a life of violent marital abuse, is relieved that he will be gone for some years, but nevertheless the future is frightening.
Then help comes from an unexpected quarter. An organisation that helps women escape lives of abuse or genteel poverty makes Georgina an offer. They propose that her house should become a school designed to train such women to seek employment in the American West. The very idea is at once shocking and appealing.
Can Georgina step into the unknown and lead the women under her care into the future?
The Quarry Girls
Author: Jess Lourey
Minnesota, 1977. For the teens of one close-knit community, summer means late-night swimming parties at the quarry, the county fair, and venturing into the tunnels beneath the city. But for two best friends, it’s not all fun and games.
Heather and Brenda have a secret. Something they saw in the dark. Something they can’t forget. They’ve decided to never tell a soul. But their vow is tested when their friend disappears—the second girl to vanish in a week. And yet the authorities are reluctant to investigate.
Heather is terrified that the missing girls are connected to what she and Brenda stumbled upon that night. Desperately searching for answers on her own, she learns that no one in her community is who they seem to be. Not the police, not the boys she met at the quarry, not even her parents. But she can’t stop digging because she knows those girls are in danger.
She also knows she’s next.
All That Glitters
Author: Linda Bennett Pennell
Genre: Gothic Romance
Sometimes we find our true purpose in the most unexpected places.
Becoming governess to a difficult child in a robber baron’s eerie mansion on the Georgia coast is not the life Sarah Anne had envisioned. The cultural clashes between her rural southern upbringing and that of the wealthy northern family send her reeling, but she is determined to be a success. She needs this job for all other doors have closed. Complicating her position are two young men of the family who vie for her attention, engendering emotions that she fights but cannot quell.
With patience and kindness, Sarah Anne breaks through the emotional wall with which her student has surrounded herself. But as her understanding of the family dynamic grows, Sarah Anne comes to realize there may be very good reasons for the child’s troubling behavior. Something is not right within Ripon House. Is the child mentally unbalanced as the father claims, or is the family dead set on protecting a sinister secret no matter the cost?
A Perilous Circumstance
Author: Laura Beers
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Desperate times call for desperate measures… Miss Georgie Holbrooke is in the most dire of circumstances. Her brother has arranged for her to marry a vile man, and she has no doubt that he will punish her severely if she refuses. When an opportunity to work at an orphanage in the rookeries arises, she takes it, knowing it may be her only chance to escape.
William Cobbett, the Earl of Grenton, has settled comfortably into a general dislike for most people, especially since they always find a way to disappoint him in the end. But his life is upended when he meets the headmistress his solicitor hired to run his mother’s orphanage. She defies him at every opportunity, makes outlandish suggestions, and even had the audacity to bring her own household staff!
Stubbornness and desperation continually foil the pair as they navigate the pitfalls of what should be a straightforward relationship. Will the two of them ever come to an agreement?
As the third novel in an exciting series by author Laura Beers, A Perilous Circumstance continues the Gentlemen of London series. This is a light-hearted, clean and wholesome romance set in the Regency era. All books in this series have their own Happily-Ever-After and are best enjoyed in proper order.
Author: Heather Chapman
Genre: Regency Romance
Ambrose Notley couldn’t imagine a better future than that of a rich bachelor. In fact, Loftus Notley, Ambrose’s uncle and owner of the charming Ashbrook Abbey, leads the exact kind of life Ambrose longs for–freedom from worry, responsibility, and…any and all entanglements with the female gender. Ambrose has spent the majority of his adolescence rallying for a spot in his uncle’s affection–or rather, his uncle’s will. To Ambrose’s surprise, his uncle offers him an ultimatum: marry the young ward Kate or lose all prospect of Ashbrook Abbey.
Kate wants nothing more than to return to the cottage on the sea after the death of her parents. However, her guardian makes it clear she cannot assume her inheritance until she is rightfully married. But will marrying a stranger–her only option to escape the confines of Ashbrook Abbey–be too high of a price to pay for the respite of her childhood home?
Can a marriage of convenience remain strictly business, or will the overgrown bachelor find a way to sneak into her already broken heart?
Naturally, whether or not these particular titles are any good are still to be seen. However, all their synopses drew me in and so here we are. None of the novels mentioned today are heavy romances, but if I do more of these posts then they’ll find their way here. Eventually! I wanted to add more but I think twenty would’ve been too many to share.
What do you think? Did any of these stories tempt you to pick them up? Let me know which ones you think you’ll enjoy the most in the comments below.