Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Round 8 - Historicals with a Difference

When we think of historical romance, we often think of books set in Medieval times, or perhaps the Regency or Victorian periods in England. But publishers are now seeing the value in other time periods as well. That's not to say we don't love Regencies, because we do! But the 1940s and the 1960s were rocking times, too!

Iris Rainbow by Ilona Fridl

Rebellious teen Teri Darden comes of age in the Summer of Love, 1967, falling hard for Tim Olson, who plays bass guitar in a soon-to-be-famous rock band called Virgin Ram. When the band goes on a lengthy tour, Tim and Teri not only lose touch with each other but the lies of his spiteful ex-girlfriend push Teri into the dark side of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll in the San Francisco of the 1960s. As his year-long tour comes to a close, Tim realizes how much he has missed Teri, but his efforts to find her again are futile. He goes from one bad marriage to another yet is always searching for Teri, until they meet again thirty years later. Neither could quite forget the other, but can they rekindle what was lost?

Amazon Buy Link               Length: Full-length

Ilona Fridl's website            Heat level: Spicy

Home Fires by Jana Richards

Anne Wakefield travels halfway around the world for love. But when she arrives in Canada from England at the end of World War Two, she discovers the handsome Canadian pilot she’d fallen in love with has married someone else. Heartbroken, she prepares to return to London, though she has nothing left there to return to. Her former fiancĂ©’s mother makes a suggestion: marriage to her other son.

Badly wounded and scarred during the war, Erik Gustafson thinks he’s a poor substitute for his brother. Although he loves Anne almost from the first time he sees her, he cannot believe she would ever be able to love him as he is – especially as he might be after another operation on his bad leg.  Anne sees the beauty of his heart. The cold prairie winter may test her courage, but can she prove to Erik that her love for him is real?

Amazon Buy Link                  Length: Novella

Jana Richards' website           Heat Level: Spicy

The Regency Storybook by Lesley-Anne McLeod

England in the early 19th century: a place of extraordinary happenings. War on the continent and political upheavals at home buffeted the lives of ordinary people, while arts and literature flourished under the Prince Regent and a glittering group of aristocrats led high society. It was a period of tumultuous change. The twelve short stories in The Regency Storybook follow fictional Regency characters facing the challenges of everyday life while brushing up against momentous historical events. Charming costume illustrations by Shakoriel bring colour to these heroes and heroines, embellishing all twelve of Lesley-Anne McLeod's stories. The Regency Storybook is a collection of lives, loves and histories--of a time two hundred years ago, but as vivid as yesterday.

Uncial Press Buy Link                       Length: short-stories

Lesley-Anne McLeod's website         Heat level: Sweet

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  1. The 19th century looks interested. More new Authors for me..

  2. In the past I have favored the Regency, but I have been dabbling more in 20th century lately.

  3. I enjoy many of them, but one favorite is the old West :)