Favorite Historical Romance Time Periods {Historical Romance 101}

Posted 11 April, 2016 by Amanda / 12 Comments

Historical Romance 101

“Historical” covers a lot of ground, so it’s no surprise that there are a lot of time periods to choose from.

Colonial (US)

Although it’s been a while since I’ve read anything in the Colonial era, it’s still one of my favorites—in fact, this time period was probably the first introduction I had to historical fiction.

Regency (Britain)

The bulk of my reading happens within the Regency era, usually the early 1800s. Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series and Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series are just a few of my favorite Regency series.

Antebellum (US)

Another time period I haven’t read much of lately, mainly because I’m lacking in good books set in this time frame.

Victorian (Britain)

Ahh, the Victorian era. Anywhere from mid-1800s to the turn of the century, these books feature the growing industrial movement, and all the resulting turmoil caused by it. Courtney Milan’s Brothers Sinister series and Jennifer Ashley’s Mackenzies & McBrides series are all excellent (excellent) examples.

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12 Responses to “Favorite Historical Romance Time Periods {Historical Romance 101}”

  1. Oh great list of time periods you have here!! I love the colonial one too, its very different from some of the others. Have you read Petals on the River by Woodiwiss? You would like that one I think. Its one of my favorites. I love the Victorian, more than Regency. Probably because there is so much more creativeness an author can work with.

    • I haven’t read that. I’ll have to put it on my list!

      I think I tend to read more Regency (although not necessarily intentionally), but the Victorian era definitely has more outside influences to add a layer of interest. :)

  2. These are all great time periods. I think the most of my reading comes from the Victorian era. I need to see if I can find any Civil War era romances other than Gone with the Wind. It was such a turning point for us.

    I’m glad I have a Fresina and Callihan novel in this TBR stack! Your posts are increasing my need for a good historical. :)

  3. Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

    I’m trying to read more American historicals since the bulk of what I read is European. I definitely recommend Joanna Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series which takes place in Gilded Age NYC. There is a novella out right now (Tycoon) and the first full-length book (Magnate) comes out at the end of the month.

  4. KG

    This is the first time I am hearing about Antebellum area. Interesting :) I have always preferred Regency or Victorian era books.

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