Share 8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

Hannah Schaffer is the Senior Digital Content Manager for Off the Shelf & Book Club Favorites. When she’s not watching melodramatic television or reading magical realism, she’s reading memoir, watching The Great British Bake Off, or eating her way around New York.

Here at Off the Shelf, we love historical fiction. Historical fiction set in during World War II, historical fiction set in the Victorian era, early American historical fiction . . . You get the idea. Our current obsession? Historical fiction with a romance kick! With lush atmospheres, history lessons, and heart-filling story lines, these eight books will give you all of the best parts of historical fiction—plus some heart flutters.


The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory is the queen of royal historical fiction, and in this installment of her Plantagenet and Tudor series, she explores the relationships and power struggles in the Tudor court that exist as Mary Boleyn is pushed aside by her family in favor of Anne, whom they set up to become Henry VIII’s romantic interest. Sibling rivalry, jealousy, and royal courting make this novel an essential historical romance.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Other Boleyn Girl
Philippa Gregory

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
Close

The Promise
by Ann Weisgarber

Sometimes you just need a good love triangle, and THE PROMISE delivers one. Young Catherine flees her home in Ohio after she is involved in a scandal, and luckily comes across the recently widowed Oscar. She agrees to marry him and moves to Galveston, Texas, where he lives with his son and his housekeeper, Nan Odgen—who has feelings for Oscar. When the devastating hurricane of 1900 hits Galveston, the two women must fight for survival. It’s a heartbreaking story of strength, warmth, and hidden love. 

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Promise
Ann Weisgarber

Amazon logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

Close

The Light Over London
by Julia Kelly

Dual time lines show the lives and loves of two different women connected by a journal. In the 1940s, Louise becomes a gunner girl in London and falls in love. In the present day, Cara is recently divorced, and throws herself into trying to discover the story behind an old journal containing the secrets of a relationship. Kelly’s novel explores friendship, the lives and roles of women during World War II, and romances.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Light Over London
Julia Kelly

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

[CLOSED]Enter for Your Chance to Win 20 Books from Some of Our Favorite Authors

By Off the Shelf Staff | November 1, 2019

Readers’ Choice: Our 10 Most Popular Books in October

By Off the Shelf Staff | October 25, 2019

10 Book Club Picks to Cozy Up to This Fall

By Keturah Jenkins | September 24, 2019

6 Fantastic Books New in Paperback This September

By Alice Martin | September 16, 2019

Close

The Lost Queen
by Signe Pike

Languoreth is a young woman of Strathclyde, a kingdom in ancient Scotland, who falls in love with a young warrior but is sent off to marry the son of the High King. This romantic triangle is conflicted even further by the divides in religion—Christianity is beginning to overtake the old ways and Languoreth is determined to keep them in place. It’s a beautiful, deeply atmospheric, magical novel about a forgotten queen, her power, and the conflict between love and duty.

Read the full review of THE LOST QUEEN.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Lost Queen
Signe Pike

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

Readers’ Choice: Our 10 Most Popular Books in October

By Off the Shelf Staff | October 25, 2019

OUTLANDER Meets CAMELOT in this Mystical Historical Novel

By Danielle Bucco | October 2, 2019

8 Best Book Club Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

By Hannah Schaffer | October 1, 2019

12 Bonnie Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love with Scotland

By Hannah Schaffer | September 4, 2019

From Ruth Ware to the Hottest Debuts—Here’s What We’re Reading This Summer

By Tolani Osan | July 25, 2019

Close

The Verdun Affair
by Nick Dybek

After World War I, Tom, a young American man from Chicago, meets and has an affair with Sarah, an American woman searching for her missing husband. A few months later, they meet again at a psychiatric hospital, when news of an amnesiac soldier reaches both of them. There, they also meet Paul, a journalist who also has an interest in the amnesiac. Their lives become completely intertwined, so that decades later, Tom is still haunted by his past and we the readers are left feeling full of love and loss. Get ready to feel yearning for the romance of this novel long after the last page.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
The Verdun Affair
Nick Dybek

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

6 Must-Read Books New in Paperback This August

By Off the Shelf Staff | August 12, 2019

Close

North and South
by Elizabeth Gaskell

After her family uproots her from their home in Southern England to Milton, in Northern England, Margaret Hale becomes involved in trying to improve the working conditions for the local mill workers. Her efforts bring her up against the mill owner, John Thorton. Despite their opposition, she finds herself attracted to him. This Victorian novel follows a great heroine during a time of industrial unrest and also explores the romantic relationship between two  strong characters.

Read the full review of NORTH AND SOUTH.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
North and South
Elizabeth Gaskell

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

11 Remarkable Books Behind Your Favorite TV Miniseries

By Kerry Fiallo | November 29, 2018

The 5 Best Books My Family Shared on Long Car Trips

By Kerry Fiallo | June 13, 2018

Dickens Meets Austen in This Novel of Britain’s Industrial Revolution

By Kerry Fiallo | August 5, 2016

Close

Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte

This classic novel takes place during the nineteenth century and follows the passionate affair between the independent Jane and the brooding Mr. Rochester. Jane begins as a lonely child and takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the manor’s owner. They fall in love, but she discovers a secret that threatens to tear them apart. It’s a heart-wrenching novel about a woman way ahead of her time.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

9 Groundbreaking Women in Fiction

By Carrie Cabral | March 21, 2019

5 Star-Crossed Love Stories for “Roswell, New Mexico” Fans

By Heather Waters | January 18, 2019

9 Star-Studded Audiobooks Read by Your Favorite Celebrities

By Tolani Osan | August 22, 2018

A Peek Behind Stu’s Shelf

By Off the Shelf Staff | March 29, 2018

Close

Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon

Even if you haven’t read the books, you might have seen the show, and you likely know that this epic novel follows a woman named Claire who falls through time to eighteenth-century Scotland and becomes intertwined with rebels trying to overthrow the crown for a different, “rightful” king. Diana Gabaldon does an excellent job of depicting life, botany, and the Jacobite rebellion—as well as writing some seriously steamy moments between Claire and her hunk highlander, Jamie.

Read the full review of OUTLANDER.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo
Outlander
Diana Gabaldon

The relationship that blossoms from friendship to love between Claire and Jamie is, well, pretty swoon-worthy. Claire is confident with a lot of spunk and Jamie is hotheaded with a lot of heart. The combination of these two could be a recipe for disaster, but they—usually—are in harmony.

Read Kara O’Rourke’s review here.

Amazon logo Audible logo Barnes & Noble logo Books a Million logo Google Play logo iBooks logo Indiebound logo

MENTIONED IN:

8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

By Hannah Schaffer | November 5, 2019

12 Bonnie Novels That Will Make You Fall in Love with Scotland

By Hannah Schaffer | September 4, 2019

14 Books You Wish You Could Read for the First Time Again

By Off the Shelf Staff | July 31, 2019

10 Captivating Historical Fantasy Novels

By Danielle Bucco | April 18, 2019

Readers’ Choice: The Top 10 Most Shelved Books in September

By Off the Shelf Staff | September 28, 2018

10 Great American Reads Definitely Worth Your Time

By Off the Shelf Staff | September 3, 2018

Close

Thank you for joining our email list!

If you create an Off the Shelf account, you'll be able to save books to your personal bookshelf, and be eligible for free books and other good stuff.

Click here to create your free account.

You must be logged in to add books to your shelf.

Please log in or sign up now.