Thursday, July 27, 2023

Best American Patriotic Historical Romances

In July, when we Americans celebrate our Independence, it’s a great time to read a story with a noble hero and a worthy heroine set in times when America’s future was on the line. Here’s the list you’ll want to pick from—all good ones! All on the list are rated 4 or 5 stars.


The French and Indian War (America before Independence):


Follow the Heart by Anita Mills

Ride out the Storm by Aleen Malcolm

Scattered Seeds by Julie Doherty

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

Dear George, Dear Mary by Mary Calvi

Devon and the sequel The Black Angel by Cordia Byers

Fortune’s Bride by Judith E. French

In From the Cold by Nora Roberts

Lanterns in the Mist by Mairi Norris

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

Old Glory by Christopher Nicole

Passion’s Ransom by Betina Krahn

Scarlet Ribbons by Judith E. French

Silver Storm, from the Raveneau series by Cynthia Wright

The Calling of the Clan by Parris Afton Bonds

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

An Honorable Man by Rosemary Rogers

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

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

Rules of Decorum by Leigh Lee

Sing My Name by Ellen O’Connell

Southern Rapture by Jennifer Blake

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 Heather Graham

Vagabond Wind by Amanda Hughes

When the Splendor Falls by Laurie McBain


In addition to those listed above, I hope you will consider To Tame the Wind, my Georgian romance set in the last year of the Revolutionary War with privateers and spies in England and France. And, for a story with a sea captain hero and a heroine looking back at the War of 1812, you might enjoy Wind Raven.

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