Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Favorite Historical Romances of Some of my Favorite Authors

Ever wonder what historical romances your favorite authors are reading…or which ones are their favorites? Well, here are the top five favorite historical romance reads of some of my favorite historical romance authors—as they confided them to me. I’ve given you their websites, too, so you can check out their own books. Interestingly, you’ll see they have some favorite reads in common. Many are on my best lists (the rest may soon be!).

Later this week, I’ll be posting my current top favorites in two installments, for my all-time Top 20 Historical Romances. You’ll have the chance to give me your favorite(s) for a chance to win one of my novels—so check back!

Jennifer Blake:

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett
The Far Pavilions by M. M. Kaye
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Corinthian by Georgette Heyer
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Joanna Bourne

The Rake by Mary Jo Putney
Night in Eden by Candice Proctor
When He Was Wicked by Julia Quinn
The Heir by Grace Burrowes
A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson

Shirlee Busbee:

Bond Of Blood by Roberta Gellis
Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers
The Wolf And The Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Border Lord by Jan Westcott
These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

Catherine Coulter:

The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
Moonstruck Madness by Laurie McBain
Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey
The Gamble by Joan Wolf
The Tiger's Woman by Celeste De Blasis

Heather Graham:

Green Darkness by Anya Seton
Sleep in the Woods by Dorothy Eden
Sun God by Nan Ryan
Killer Angels by Micheal Shaara
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Shirl Henke:

Bond of Blood by Roberta Gellis
The Rainbow Season by Lisa Gregory
Love’s Promised Land by Diana Haviland
Notorious Angel by Jennifer Blake
Sweet Savage Love by Rosemary Rogers

Virginia Henley:

The Walsingham Woman by Jan Westcott
Skye O'Malley by Bertrice Small
The Blood Of Roses by Marsha Canham
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Untamed by Elizabeth Lowell

Judith James:

Pawn in Frankinsense by Dorothy Dunnett
Katherine by Anya Seton
Thunder and Roses by Mary Jo Putney
The Shadow and the Star by Laura Kinsale
Angelique and the King Sergennne Golon


Candice Proctor

Trade Wind by M. M. Kaye
Hummingbird by LaVyrle Spencer
Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss
The Outsider by Penelope Williamson

Kaki Warner:

Flowers From the Storm by Laura Kinsale
Hummingbird by LaVryle Spencer
Candle in the Window by Christina Dodd
Ransom by Julie Garwood)
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn

Cynthia Wright:

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase


  1. Thanks for including me Regan. I think I've read all these books and loved everyone!

  2. I'm so glad you gave me your short list, Judith. You are one of those whose books I love to read!

  3. Regan, trying to think of 20 favorite books makes my head hurt, then spin, then I almost have a panic attack trying to whittle it down to 20. (giggling here)


    1. Trust me, Leah, I know what you mean. I'll be posting my current top 20 and it was very hard. I have over 80 on my Goodreads keeper shelf.

  4. Interesting list, Regan - not sure I can come up with only 20 favorite historical reads...I could probably do 20 favorite historical authors

    1. Judith, I'm right there with you but I wanted to at least try to let folks know the favorites among my keepers.