Historical American romance fiction is a genre of novel which combines the genres of romance and a historical novel. These books are a very special genre of literature that is not only beautiful to read but also can be deeply moving and emotional.
Historical novels are typically set in some slice of history from the past and may involve protagonists who are not known to have existed but may be based on a person or an event. They often tell the story of two people who meet, fall in love, struggle together against odds such as poverty or war, and then face separation.
Extensive Research on Historical Detail
Historical romances usually include a great deal of historical detail about topics like marriage customs and life on the frontier. Since a historical romance novelist needs to be accurate in their portrayal of the time in which they are writing about, it can't simply be made up out of thin air! Did you know that historical novelists often spend years researching their subject so they can accurately portray it for their readers?
Portrayal of Social Issues
Historical American romance fiction books go beyond love and history. They typically also deal with social issues such as women's suffrage, African-American rights, and the treatment of Native Americans by the white man. Historical romance novels often provide a vehicle for exploring difficult social issues in a way that people can understand.
Historically speaking, American Romance Fiction can trace its roots back to 1877 when it was first published that featured two lovers from different social classes during the Civil War era. Historical America Romance has been around for more than 100 years with many authors such as Mary Johnston, Margaret Mitchell, Edith Wharton, and others adding their own unique twist to this genre.
I'm excited to share a curated list of my favorite historical American Romance books:
Dovetail by Karen McQuestion
In historical romance books, falling in love isn't a surprise, but I found myself experiencing the stories, dreams, family trials, joys & sorrows together with the Bennet family.
Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
I loved the story between John and Naomi — the characters were wonderfully written with great depth. I was concerned that there would be a sad ending with the way the book began, but while there was so much tragedy and heartbreak these characters went through, there is hope at the end!
Forever Hidden (The Treasures of Nome Book #1) by Tracie Peterson
This was an excellent story of a grandfather, a mother, and three sisters, and lives made more difficult by secrets. It is a gripping novel that explores the authenticity of a man's errors, the capacity to change, and ultimately, to forgive.
The Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles
This is a story about former slaves trying to establish a life for themselves in northern Texas in the early 1870s. It's an honest portrayal of life in that era - determined, resourceful, hardworking, violent, and heartbreaking. It is a hard story to read, but one that you definitely should. I applaud the author's ability to create highly vivid images with her language.
What's your favorite historical American romance fiction book and why?