Historical Fiction (Non-American) Genre

The theme for the month is Historical Fiction (Non-American because we covered that genre during the month of July and you can read more about it here). I have to admit this is one of my favorite genres to read and I have devoured numerous novels set in all kinds of historical settings.  Of course, when I think of Historical novels I immediately think of Pride and Prejudice but this genre covers so much more.

One of my favorite authors of all time is Georgette Heyer, credited with inventing the Regency Romance genre her books are still in publication almost a hundred years after their first publication (you can read more about Georgette Heyer here).  There is something about being swept away to different time and place that is so fascinating. (And what is more dashing than a Duke or Lord rushing to the rescue of a lady?!)   Why else would Regency period novels still remain NYT bestsellers if we didn’t love them. Contemporary authors who continue to take us to this great time period are Julia Quinn, Eloisa James and Lisa Kleypas.

But the Historical genre covers such a broader time frame. Lynn Kurland writes about medieval Scotland and England in her DiPaget series.  Later this month author Krista Ball will be stopping by to talk about her First Nations novel set in the Canada. The Books-to-Movie challenge this month is The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde, a play set in the late Victorian England.

While in my teenage years I devoured Barbara Cartland’s romance novels, all set in historical England, considered the “Queen of Romance” you can read more about her here. In addition to the Cartland novels I enjoyed the Zebra Regency Romance novels and Signet Regency Romance novels, many of the novels I enjoyed are now available in ebook format through Regency Reads who will be stopping by this month to talk about their site.

Next month we will be looking at Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Genre with a hint this month of what is to come with a guest post by author Kiki Howell.

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