We all remember that moment in BBC’s North & South when the once-proud Mr. Thornton once again locks eyes with the woman stealing his heart, Margaret Hale. Similarly, a good historical romance novel (like a good period drama) creates memorable old-fashioned romantic moments steeped in chivalry and classic storytelling. Today, we talk about some of these swoony romances found in Christian (and inspirational) historical romance fiction.
Like any list, this isn’t all-inclusive. This is simply a small portion of the Christian or inspirational fiction you can discover and read.
However, on our list today you’ll discover a wide array of genre stories in the “bigger picture” that is the historical fiction market; for example, we visit various different eras. You’ll meet lady marshals, find adventure in an old-fashioned western (or two!), and of course, you’ll most certainly find new romances. Hopefully, above all, this list will introduce you to new Christian historical romance novels.
NOTE: While we do our best to ensure all of these do fall under the “clean and wholesome romance” tag, not all of these are a part of the Christian genre.
Clean, Christian Historical Romance Novels
(Sorted by author name; from A-Z)
1. A Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander
Anytime you want Civil War-era fiction, Tamara Alexander is a go-to favorite author. A Lasting Impression, for example, is about a woman forced to flee from her father’s schemes. She soon meets a man who protects her in their first meeting, but then subsequently seems to be a completely different person when their paths again cross.
2. Burning Sky by Lori Benton
Her debut and a Christy-Award winning novel, this frontier setting book introduces us to a woman raised by Indians. When she discovers a wounded Scotsman, she cares for him while trying to come to terms with where she belongs.
3. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
A beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling set in the world of a traveling circus. It’s romantic, complex, and well worth a read. Plus no list is truly complete without a good fairytale retelling.
4: Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin
Taking place in 1918, this one is about a former soldier now working with MI8. When he receives a summons from a woman he thought was dead, he travels to France only to discover the message isn’t from his former love.
5. The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron
A time-slip novel, this story beautifully tells two tales of two different women. The intriguing world of a circus is its backdrop and common element. Anyone who enjoys The Greatest Showman will love this story.
6. The Drew Farthering Series by Julianna Deering
If you like cozy mysteries, this six-book series is for you. It’s like a combination of Miss Fisher and Downton Abbey.
7. The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden
In stores on September 3rd, this novel marks the debut of a new series by the award-winning author, Elizabeth Camden. Plus, who can resist a novel with a broad-shouldered hero on its cover?
8: Blackmore by Julianne Donaldson
Not sure this one is technically tagged as “Christian,” but it’s a sweet historical fiction novel that most anyone who prefers an inspirational story will enjoy.
9. The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden
A western by genre, this novel pits a weary lawman and a spunky girl against one another as they vie for the job of sheriff in a small town.
10. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz
A story of a marriage of convenience set in the aftermath of the revolutionary war, this novel is beautiful. It’s romantic in ways most of its peers aren’t. This book is a story easy to invest your bookish heart into.
11. Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist
With plenty of Downton Abbey flair, this one sounds like a sweet read about a maid “dazzled” by the wealth of the family she works for, and the young footman who captures her attention.
12. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
Set during WWI, Amy’s novels receive consistent praise, and this, her latest is no different. With over 3,000 reviews and an astounding five-star average rating, this author and novel make you want to pay attention.