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Evelyn Anthony’s CLANDARA – Enthralling Story of Star-crossed Love Amidst the Jacobite Uprising of 1745

Set in 1745, in the time of feuds between the clans and the Scottish support for…

Georgette Heyer’s ARABELLA – Wonderfully Intricate Tale of an Unlikely Match

Heyer brings great detail to her stories and I love that. That’s why they are classics.…

Teresa Denys’ THE SILVER DEVIL – Enthralling, Terrible and Wonderful, a Classic set in 17th century Italy

  It’s Classics Month! I’ll be sharing my reviews for my favorite classic historical romances…all are…

Gretta Curran Browne’s TREAD SOFTLY ON MY DREAMS – A Wonderful, Poignant and Deeply Emotional Story of a True Irish hero

Robert Emmet is a young man born to Ireland’s Protestant upper class with a promising career…

Pamela Clare’s CARNAL GIFT: Wonderful Irish Love Story

This is the second in Clare’s Blakewell/Kenleigh Family trilogy and it’s a good one. Set in…

Gail Link’s WOLF’S EMBRACE – Stockholm syndrome Irish Style

This was a difficult book to review. On the positive side, the story was well-written, fast…

Karen Robards’ DARK OF THE MOON – A Very Worthy Hero and a Different Irish Romance

I’m a huge fan of Karen Robards historical romances and many of them grace my best…

Best Pirate, Privateer and High Seas Romances!

  Who doesn’t love a good pirate or privateer story? All that capturing, swashbuckling and romancing…

Virginia Henley’s THE HAWK AND THE DOVE – A Privateer to Love, a Sea Hawk, and a fiercely independent Irish lass…oh yes!

I love Henley’s attention to historic detail and her ability to weave a captivating tale. This…

Dana Ransom’s THE PIRATE’S CAPTIVE – A Swoon-worthy Pirate Puts Revenge Above Love

This book was first published in 1987 and it’s worth finding if you are a fan…

Johanna Lindsey’s HEARTS AFLAME – Superb Viking-Saxon Romance—a Keeper!

Hearts Aflame is the second in the Haardrad Viking family trilogy, but it can be enjoyed…

Norse longships and West Highland Galleys by Regan Walker

  January is Viking month on Historical Romance Review so travel back in time for some…

Kresley Cole’s THE CAPTAIN OF ALL PLEASURES – High Seas Romance at its Best—a Favorite Heroine and a Keeper!

This is one of my favorite romances set on the high seas with a daring sea…

Joanna Bourne’s THE BLACK HAWK – Hawker! Great Hero in the Spymaster Series!

The fourth installment in Bourne’s Spymaster series brings us Adrian’s (Hawker’s) story. We met Sir Adrian…

The Medieval Christmas Feast

  Not surprising, food was a major part of a medieval Christmas. The holiday came during…

Emma V. Leech’s TO WINTER AT WILDSYDE – Brilliant Writing and a Good Story but Choppy with Other Women’s Stories Interjected

Set in the Highlands in 1814, this is the story of Miss Ruth Stone, a wealthy…

Best Historical Romance Trilogies

  It takes talent to write a great historical romance novel, but to write three in…

Christine Monson’s SURRENDER THE NIGHT – Wonderful, Witty Victorian Romance with a Handsome Prince in Italy, Switzerland and Hungary!

You are lucky if you have this in paperback as it’s difficult to find. Set in…

Somerled’s Castles by Regan Walker

Summer Warrior, which begins in 1135, tells the story of Somerled, the Norse-Gael who forged the…

Elizabeth Kingston’s FAIR, BRIGHT AND TERRIBLE – A Rich Tapestry of Emotions in this Story of Love after England Conquered Wales

  Set in the late 13th century, this is the second in a wonderful series, a…

Miriam Minger’s WILD MOONLIGHT – Well-told installment in the Medieval Irish brides series

This is book 3 in the O’Byrne Brides series and I recommend you read them in…

Autumn in the Highlands

  “Autumn in the Highlands would be brief—a glorious riot of color blazing red across the…

Sharon Kay Penman’s WHEN CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS SLEPT – History of 12th Century England Brought to Life

This story of England and France in the time of the Civil War between Stephen and…

Elizabeth Chadwick’s THE GREATEST KNIGHT – Splendid Story of a Historical Knight and his Lady Love in the time of the Plantagenets

This is the second in the William Marshall series (see list below). Set in the 12th…

Cheryl Bolen’s WITH HIS LADY’S ASSISTANCE – A Fun Regency Romp!

Set in 1813, this tells the story of Captain Jack Dryden of the 14th Light Dragoons,…