Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Best American Patriotic Historical Romances

So you want to get in the mood to celebrate America’s Independence? And you want to do it with a hunky hero and a worthy heroine set in times when America’s future was on the line? Well, here’s the list you’ll want to pick from—all good ones!

Some are a part of a trilogy or a series…and I do recommend you read all of them, as they are all good even though not all may be listed here. I have rated these 4 or 5 stars.

The War of Independence/Revolutionary War:

Caroline, Touch the Sun and Spring Fires, from the Beauvisage series by Cynthia Wright
Devon and the sequel The Black Angel by Cordia Byers
Love a Rebel, Love a Rogue by Shirl Henke
Love Among the Rabble by Lauren Laviolette
Love Not a Rebel, 3rd in the North American Woman trilogy by Heather Graham
Master of My Dreams and Captain of My Heart by Danelle Harmon
Mood Indigo by Parris Afton Bond
Passion’s Ransom by Betina Krahn
Ride out the Storm by Aleen Malcolm
Scarlett Ribbons by Judith E. French
Silver Storm, from the Raveneau series by Cynthia Wright
The Paradise Bargain by Betina Krahn (Whiskey Rebellion)
Under Crimson Sails by Lynna Lawton (post Revolutionary War)
Velvet Chains by Constance O’Banyon

The War of 1812:

Lord of the Sea by Danelle Harmon
Masque of Jade by Emma Merritt
Midnight Masquerade by Shirlee Busbee
My Love, My Enemy by Jan Cox Speas
The Captain’s Captive by Christine Dorsey
The Windflower by Laura London (aka Sharon and Tom Curtis)

The Underground Railroad:

Passion’s Joy by Jennifer Horsman

The Civil War:

An Outlaw in Wonderland by Lori Austin
Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen Woodiwiss
Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin (post Civil War)
Bonds of Love by Lisa Gregory
Dark Stranger and Rides a Hero (first two books in the Slater Brothers Civil War trilogy;    the third, Apache Summer, takes place after the war in Texas) by Heather Graham
Master of Paradise by Virginia Henley
Midnight Confessions by Candice Proctor
One Wore Blue, And One Word Gray, And One Rode West, Cameron, Civil War trilogy by Heather Graham
Rebel, Surrender, Glory and Triumph (from the Old Florida's McKenzies series) by Heather Graham
Sing My Name by Ellen O’Connell
Straight for the Heart by Marsha Canham
Surrender in Moonlight by Jennifer Blake
The Black Swan and Moss Rose, duology by Day Taylor
Tomorrow the Glory by Shannon Drake
When the Splendor Falls by Laurie McBain


While not an American romance as such, I also commend to you the following poignant story of the brave Australians who fought (and died) in World War I, and the love between an Australian nurse and an English officer serving in the Australian Army: A Rose in No-Man’s Land by Margaret Tanner

And, if you want to read a seafaring adventure that is ribboned with references to the War of 1812, you might enjoy my own novel Wind Raven!


  1. Hi Regan,
    Thank you so much for mentioning my novel, A rose In No-Man's Land, I feel truly honoured.

    best wishes


    1. It's a bit off topic for my list, Margaret, but a very good read and I thought my followers should know about it!

  2. As always, thank you for these excellent lists. I've read a few, but many are new to me. My TBR pile continues to grow! :)

    1. Ah, you are most welcome, Joanne! So glad some look good to you.

  3. Thank you for this list! I will definitely be checking some (a lot!) of these out!