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25 May, 2017

The Best Historical Fiction for Jane Austen Fans



Last week, I shared about how much I love to read and how my love for reading first started. If you caught that post, you probably know that classics are my favorite and nothing can compare to them.

However, about a year ago, one of my close friends recommended Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I took her advice and downloaded the ebook on my iPad. And let me tell you, I couldn’t put that thing down! I had it read in less than 24 hours, and I immediately wanted to go back and read it again.

What captured my attention about Edenbrooke were two things: 1) that it was set in the Regency era (the time period in which Jane Austen lived and wrote), and 2) that it was a clean and “proper” romance.

After I read Edenbrooke, I started exploring more on Goodreads and found that there were several other authors writing books like these. I couldn’t believe it! How had I not known this before? And how had I not previously been tracking my reading progress on Goodreads?!

Ever since then, I have devoured more historical novels than I care to admit, and I have enjoyed every moment of each one. I try to limit myself one per month (so that I can reach my other reading goals), but sometimes I indulge in two or three. Most of them have taken place in England, but some of them take place in America, Canada or France.

Since I just can’t keep these to myself, below I am sharing my current Top 10 Favorite Historical Novels with you (in no particular order). Most of them are either written by Christians or published by Christian publishing houses. That means they’re all clean, proper romances that you can enjoy with abandon!

Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

Hawthorne House Series (Starting withA Noble Masquerade) by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Jonquil Brothers Series (Starting with The Kiss of a Stranger) by Sarah M Eden

The Lancaster Family Series (Starting withSeeking Persephone) by Sarah M Eden

The Archer Brother Series (Starting with Short-Straw Bride) by Karen Witemeyer

The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

When Calls the Heart: Hallmark Channel Special Movie Edition (Canadian West) by Janette Oke

What are some of your favorite historical fiction authors? Are there any proper romances I missed that I should check out? Leave me a comment below so I can add them to my list!

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  • Patricia

    Hey that’s me! I’m famous!!

    Just finished the Scarlet Pimpernel and really enjoyed it. I’m starting the Shatter Me series with my book club but I’m hoping to read all the books on your list eventually!! Especially the Mark of the King and A Noble Masquerade. So little time…. so many books!!

    25 May, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply
    • Jennifer Hope

      Haha yes!! That is you! I am forever indebted to you for introducing me to Edenbrooke!! And yes you have to read The Mark of the King and A Noble Masquerade!!! I love them both so much!

      26 May, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply
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