Thursday, July 28, 2016

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.
In addition to those on my Best List, I hope you will also consider To Tame the Wind, my Georgian romance 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 Wind Raven.

Here's the list:

The French and Indian War (America before Independence):

Follow the Heart by Anita Mills
Ride out the Storm by Aleen Malcolm
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
Scarlet Ribbons by Judith E. French
Silver Storm, from the Raveneau series by Cynthia Wright
The Paradise Bargain by Betina Krahn (Whiskey Rebellion), first released as Love’s Brazen Fire
The Wayward One by Danelle Harmon
Under Crimson Sails by Lynna Lawton (post Revolutionary War)
Velvet Chains by Constance O’Banyon

The War of 1812:

Fortune’s Flames by Janelle Taylor
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 Plains of Chalmette by Jack Caldwell
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:

A Time for Everything by Mysti Parker (post 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
Clingstone by Marti Ziegler
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
The Outlaw Hearts by Rebecca Brandewyne
Tomorrow the Glory by Shannon Drake
Vagabond Wind by Amanda Hughes
When the Splendor Falls by Laurie McBain


  1. Thanks for this list! I love colonial and Revolution era romances. they are hard to find.

  2. I am so tickled to see my buddy, Cindy Nord's Civil War romance on your list. *No Greater Glory* is an amazing romance. And, the old cover for *One Wore Blue* was my favorite cover of that series.

  3. One of my all time favorite early Americana books was Raging Winds of Heaven by June Lund Shiplett. There were around 8 or 9 in all, but that first one was my favorite. I still have a yellowed, worn paperback of it.

    1. Anonymous, I just found a used copy of Raging Winds of Heaven by June Lund Shiplett for a reasonable price on Ebay, so you may see it on next year's list!

  4. Wow! After posting about the June Lund Shiplett book, I decided to check Amazon to see if by some chance it might have been available now in ebook. It's not, but WOW all copies are over $100.00!

    1. I found one on Ebay for $5 shipped.

  5. Dearest Regan -- It's such an honor to have NO GREATER GLORY included on your amazing all-time best Civil War romances list. I swear, somebody better lean over here & pinch me to make sure I'm not dreaming...Long live historical romance!! ... ♥ ~ Cindy Nord