What Were the Best Historicals This Month?
November is the start of the season when many of us are short on time, so it’s fitting that this month’s historical best bets feature two anthologies. It’s also a good month for fans of small towns, medievals and friends to lovers. What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?
Daughters of a Nation by Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart & Piper Huguley
The fight for suffrage was long, hard, and carried out on many fronts. In Daughters of A Nation, Kianna Alexander, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas full of spirit, hope, and, most importantly: LOVE.
In the Morning Sun
by Lena Hart
With the election of 1868 underway, Madeline Asher’s mission is clear: educate and enlist the freedmen of Nebraska to vote. After losing the man she loved to war—and a small piece of herself along the way—Madeline leaves her life in Philadelphia behind, determined to reclaim her life’s purpose by making a difference in others.
With America’s Southern Rebellion at an end, so are the efforts of Union veteran James Blakemore. Tired of the injustices still plaguing the young country, he sets his sights toward his Canadian roots—until fate guides him back to the love he thought he’d lost.
Vowing never to leave her side again, James joins Madeline in her cause to help the freedmen of Dunesville, despite rising threats and violence. But with the enforcement of Nebraska’s anti-miscegenation laws, Madeline is forced to choose between a life with her new husband or the chance to shape a greater nation.
The Washerwoman's War by Piper Huguley
Atlanta, GA – Summer 1881. When Maime Harper arrives to substitute teach for the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, she bears witness to the injustice told by some of the older students who are washerwomen. Maime’s upbringing as the daughter of the most famous Black suffragette in America means that she cannot be silent and resolves to help her students find their voice and openly protest their mistreatment.
When the Black Washerwomen go on strike, summer pastor Gabriel Harmon is brought in to mediate a solution but realizes the feisty leader of the opposition is the young teacher from Milford who previously rejected his attempts to pay court to her. When these two forces collide over explosive events during a hot Atlanta summer, only one will be able to win the battle. However, as they clash, Maime and Gabriel learn that there is another war, the war for the heart, that’s well worth the fight.
A Radiant Soul
by Kianna Alexander
In 1881, Sarah Webster is returning home to Fayetteville, NC to celebrate her mother's milestone birthday. Having spent the last two years working as a pastry chef in a Cheyenne hotel, she's a very different person than she was when she left. Her efforts towards women's suffrage, unknown to her family back home, are near and dear to her heart.
Carpenter Owen Markham, charged with building the gazebo that will serve as Mrs. Webster's birthday gift, is intrigued by the middle daughter of the Webster household, whom he's never met before. Her father has decreed that he and Sarah are suited, but when he hears her unconventional stance on women's role in society, he's not so sure a love match can be made.
Let Us Dream
by Alyssa Cole
Harlem – 1917. After spending half her life pretending to be something she's not, performance is second nature for cabaret owner Bertha Hines. With the election drawing near and women's voting rights on the ballot, Bertha decides to use her persuasive skills to push the men of New York City in the right direction.
Chef Amir Chowdhury jumped ship in New York to get a taste of the American Dream, only to discover he’s an unwanted ingredient. When ornery Amir reluctantly takes a job at The Cashmere, he thinks he's hit the bottom of the barrel; however, working at the club reignites his dream of being a force for change. His boss, Bertha, ignites something else in him.
Bertha and Amir clash from the start, but her knowledge of politics and his knowledge of dance force them into a detente that blooms into desire. But Bertha has the vice squad on her tail, and news from home may end Amir’s dream before it comes to fruition. With their pasts and futures stacked against them, can Amir and Bertha hold on to their growing love?
Writing for The Washington Post, author Sarah MacLean named this anthology the romance pick of the month stating that it “…shows how well the genre can speak to important matters in our past and present.”
Doctor in Love!
The Dare and the Doctor by Kate Noble
Dr. Rhys Gray and Miss Margaret Babcock are friends—strictly friends. But over the course of the year, as they exchange dozens of letters, they share personal details that put them on the path to something more. When Dr. Gray helps Margaret realize her dearest dream and she comes to his defense in the uproar that follows, it seems that their connection cannot be denied. But will their relationship stand the scruples of society and jealous intendeds, or are they destined to be only friends, and nothing more?
This third book in the author’s Winner Takes All series features a friends-to-lovers trope between an amateur botanist heroine and doctor hero. The previous books received starred reviews in Booklist and Publishers Weekly.
The Saxon Outlaw’s Revenge by Elisabeth Hobbes
At the mercy of her enemy!
Abducted by Saxon outlaws, Constance Arnaud comes face-to-face with Aelric, a Saxon boy she once loved. He's now her enemy, but Constance must reach out to this rebel and persuade him to save her life as she once saved his…
Aelric is determined to seek vengeance on the Normans who destroyed his family. Believing Constance deserted him, he can never trust her again. Yet, as they are thrown together and their longing for each other reignites, will Aelric discover that love is stronger than revenge?
The backdrop of Hobbes’ latest for Harlequin Historical is the Battle of Hastings. The heroine is the sister-in-law of the Norman who condemned the Saxon hero’s family. Yikes, that could make holiday dinners a bit contentious…
In Debt to the Enemy Lord by Nicole Locke
“You have a debt to pay. You owe me your life.”
Anwen, bastard of Brynmor, has fought hard to find her place in the world. But she's forced to rethink everything when she's saved from death by her enemy Teague, Lord of Gwalchdu. Instead of releasing her, he holds her captive…
Teague trusts no one. So, with ominous messages threatening his life, he must keep Anwen under his watch, no matter how much her presence drives him wild. And when passionate arguments turn to passionate encounters, Teague must believe that the strength of their bond will conquer all!
This fourth book in the author’s Lovers and Legends series finds the Welsh hero receiving threats that are becoming increasingly more severe. His crime, in the eyes of the heroine and a good many others? Switching sides and aligning himself with Edward I of England. Awkward!
Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley
In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler...but Two-Time Texas has two: two feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood's marriage was supposed to unite the families and finally bring peace. But when she's left at the altar by her no-good fiancé, Meg's dreams of dragging her quarrelsome neighbors into a ceasefire are dashed.
No wedding bells? No one-time town.
Hired to defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there's something about Meg's sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in...even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping them apart.
Known for her inspirational historical western romances, Brownley makes the move to Sourcebooks to start a new secular (yet still gentle) historical western series. Booklist says that “The time-zone theme and broken-vow lawsuit offer unique historical insights, while Brownley’s many well-developed characters keep it lively and warm.” Small town contemporary fans could find a lot to like in this historical crossover.
Holly, Jolly Christmas!
Once Upon a Christmas by Jill Barnett, Cheryl Bolen, Glynnis Campbell, Kimberly Cates, Tanya Anne Crosby, Colleen Gleason & Brenda Hiatt
7 captivating novellas from 7 New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors!
Fall in love with seven hot heroes as you escape to Regency and Victorian England, medieval Scotland, Georgian Ireland, and 19th century America. These steamy, seductive Christmas tales will warm your heart!
This anthology includes:
Daniel and the Angelby Jill Barnett
Home for Christmas by Cheryl Bolen
The Handfasting by Glynnis Campbell
The Black Falcon’s Christmas by Kimberly Cates
Mischief & Mistletoe by Tanya Anne Crosby
Raging Winter: A Max Denton Story by Colleen Gleason
Christmas Promises by Brenda Hiatt
Banding together as part of The Jewels of Historical Romance, some of these novellas are already available in digital, while others are reprints appearing in digital format for the first time. This new box set features a variety of time periods and settings and offers readers seven holiday romances at a nice price. Happy holidays indeed!
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