Romantic historical novels-without bodice ripping

Timeless love stories, set in long-ago times, never go out of style.  Here are a few suggestions for those who like historical fiction spiced with some romantic longing.bookcover

Longbourn by Jo Baker  tells of Sarah, a young housemaid working in the tumultuous household of the  Bennet family from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  This novel combines the realistic details of the servants’ endless toil with a charming love story.

The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian uses the background of the Armenian genocide during World War I to tell the parallel love stories of a woman who falls in love with an Armenian soldier  and a modern-day New Yorker prompted to rediscover her Armenian past. 

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I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe is a based on the  true story of a woman who, disguised as a man, follows her husband into battle during the Civil War.bookcover (2)

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