What “unusual” historicals should you be reading this month?
With the kids now hustled back to school (and parents everywhere rejoicing), September’s enticing crop of new historical romance features some intriguing options for readers looking to escape Almack’s. Whether it’s an English governess in Arabia, a rancher battling his past in the rapidly changing American West or medieval France, there’s plenty of opportunity for some armchair traveling this month.
Love’s Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner
Their Passion Shaped a Nation
Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.
Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…
Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.
Outlaw Hearts was first published by Bantam in 1993. Sourcebooks reprinted it in 2015 and the author found herself with a new series on her hands! This is the third book in the Jake and Miranda Harker saga, and it received a Top Pick! from RT Book Reviews. The fourth and final book in the saga is set for a September 2017 release date.
The Middle East!
Governess to the Sheikh by Laura Martin
In a land far, far a
Her entire life, Rachel Talbot has dreamed of faraway lands. So when she's offered a job as governess to the Sheikh of Huria's children, it seems as if all her dreams are coming true…
But Sheikh Malik turns out to be infuriating! Yes, he's the most handsome man Rachel has ever seen, but he's also autocratic and aloof. Until, that is, a night under the starry desert sky leads to a passionate kiss… And suddenly a whole new world of possibilities opens up to this intrepid governess!
Martin’s fifth book for Harlequin Historical is the second book in the multi-author The Governess Tales continuity series, which features books by Georgie Lee, Liz Tyner, and Janice Preston.
Who Needs a Title?
Miss Goodhue Lives for a Night by Kate Noble
Cecilia Goodhue is a schoolteacher with a past, living with her sister and her husband in a tiny English village. Resigned to a quiet life, Cecilia is surprised when she finds out that her young cousin has run off with a man of no means.
Cecilia had once been a teenaged girl who also fell for a young man’s charms—only to be devastated by his betrayal. Determined to not let her cousin meet the same fate, she heads off to London to but is shocked when her investigation leads her right to the front door of the very man who broke her heart: Theo Hudson.
Together, they reluctantly embark on finding her cousin and returning her to her family. During their searching in London, it soon becomes clear that they both remember their short-lived romance differently and perhaps now, years later, they have a fresh chance at love.
A tie-in novella to the author’s The Winner Takes All series, our school teacher heroine finds herself reunited with the lawyer she tried, and failed, to elope with years earlier. For fans of the series, several past characters make cameo appearances.
Mistaken for a Lady by Carol Townend
Wearing his ring again…
When a shocking revelation reveals Francesca's illegitimacy, she worries for her marriage to Tristan, Comte des Iles. Her heart in tatters, she awaits her husband's return… Will he request an annulment or give their union a second chance?
Duty has kept Tristan from his beautiful wife's side for far too long, but the memory of her touch is seared into his soul. Now, with malevolent forces working against them, it's more important than ever for Tristan to show Francesca that he'll never let her go!
Townend closes out her Knights of Champagne series with this fifth book that features a marriage-in-trouble theme. The heroine was first featured in the second book in the series, Unveiling Lady Clare, which was shortlisted for the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association’s RoNA Rose Award.
Ireland (...Sort Of)!
Good Earls Don’t Lie by Michelle Willingham
Lady Rose Thornton never expected to find a half-naked man in her garden. The handsome Irishman claims to be the Earl of Ashton, but was Iain Donovan truly robbed by thieves? Or is he merely an impoverished stranger lying to her?
After losing everything in the potato famine, Iain is searching for a wife whose dowry will save his estate. The beautiful and charming Lady Rose, unable to walk because of an illness that stole her strength, agrees to help him find a wife, but only if he will help her learn to take her first steps.
As their friendship takes root and blossoms into something more, secrets about Iain’s birthright threaten the growing feelings between them. He has no right to love a woman like Rose, who deserves a better life than he can give her. Rose believes that there is more to Iain than a broken past, and she brings light to his shadows.
Within the walls of a secret garden, sometimes miracles happen…
Known for her medieval romances, Willingham’s new Earls Next Door series is a spin-off of her Regency Scotland Secrets in Silk series. Even though the Irish Potato Famine changed the world, it’s an event, curiously, that does not feature more prominently in Victorian-era set romances. When the “invisible spare” hero suddenly becomes the heir, he’s completely unprepared, and determined to save his estate from ruin. Which necessitates leaving Ireland for the first time in his life and things, naturally, not going according to plan.
What historical romances did you read an enjoy in September?
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