Sunday, July 26, 2015

Best American Patriotic Historical Romances

Looking for a way to celebrate America’s Independence? With a noble hero and a worthy heroine and 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, too, even though not all may be listed here. All on the list are rated 4 or 5 stars.

The French and Indian War (America before Independence):

Follow the Heart by Anita Mills
Windsong by Judith E. French

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
Fortune’s Bride by Judith E. French
Love a Rebel, Love a Rogue by Shirl Henke
Love Among the Rabble by Lauren Laviolette
Love Not a Rebel 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
Seaswept Abandon by Jo Goodman (#2 in McClellan Brothers)
Scarlet 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:

Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee
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
Tainted Lilies by Becky Lee Weyrich
The Captain’s Captive by Christine Dorsey
The Windflower by Laura London (aka Sharon and Tom Curtis)
To Save a Lady by Patricia Preston

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)
Bittersweet by Anita Mills (mostly post Civil War)
Bonds of Love by Lisa Gregory
Dark Stranger and Rides a Hero (first two books in the Slater Brothers trilogy) by Heather Graham
Lavender Blue by Parris Afton Bonds
Master of Paradise by Virginia Henley
Midnight Confessions by Candice Proctor
No Greater Glory by Cindy Nord
One Wore Blue, And One Wore 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

I hope you will also consider my newest Georgian romance, To Tame the Wind, set in the last year of the Revolutionary War from the viewpoint of privateers and spies in England and France. And, for a story that looks back at the War of 1812, you might enjoy my Regency romance Wind Raven!


  1. Wonderful list. I'll squirrel it away and read from when I get the urge to read books in an American historical setting.

    1. Thanks, Eileen. I do hope it's helpful. I love this kind of story.

  2. I am so honored to have my NO GREATER GLORY appear on your Civil War Era list, Regan. To be nestled among such an incredible list of stellar authors that I have read and long admired is most exciting to this writer! Thank you. And like I always say, since we're going to dream anyway...DREAM BIG! Long live historical romance. ♥ Kindest regards ~ Cindy Nord /

  3. What a fantastic list! I'm printing this out.

    1. Thanks, E. E. Hope you find some ones you like here.

  4. Thanks for the list Ms. Walker me loves your blog. I was wondering if you can recommend me similar book like My Love My Enemy or The Turncoat by Donna Thorland, hence romance between a British officer and American heroine set in either Revolutionary War or 1812 or during that time period. Thanks a bunch.