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25 of the Best in Christian Historical Romance Novels

These Christian historical romance novels are perfect for when you’re looking for something sweet to read.

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. Our list of Christian historical romance novels 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 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 them are part of the Christian genre.

Clean, Christian Historical Romance Novels

(Sorted by author name; from A-Z)

1. A Lasting Impression by Tamara Alexander

A Lasting Impression by Tamera Alexander book cover; christian historical romance novels

Anytime you want Civil War-era fiction, Tamara Alexander is a favorite go-to author. For example, A Lasting Impression is about a woman forced to flee from her father’s schemes. She soon meets a man who protects her in their first meeting and subsequently seems to be a completely different person when their paths cross again.

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2. Burning Sky by Lori Benton

Burning Sky by Lori Benton; christian historical romance novels

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.

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3. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

The Lady and the Lionheart book cover; christian historical romance novels

It is 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.

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4: Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin; christian historical romance novels

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.

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5. The Ringmaster’s Wife by Kristy Cambron

The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron book cover

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.

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6. The Drew Farthering Series by Julianna Deering

The Drew Farthering Series (Death by the Book) 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.

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7. The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

The Spice King; christian historical romance novels

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 book with a broad-shouldered hero on its cover?

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8: Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson; historical romance novels

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.

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9. The Sheriffs of Savage Wells by Sarah M. Eden

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.

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10. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

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.

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11. Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist

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.

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12. What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon

What the Wind Knows book cover

Set during WWI, Amy’s novels receive consistent praise, and this, her latest, is no different. With over 3,000 reviews and an average five-star rating, this author and novel make you want to pay attention.

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Click through to page two to discover more clean, Christian historical fiction novels!
By on August 28th, 2019

About Rissi JC

Rissi is a self-diagnosed Bookaholic and TV fandom addict. She’s currently an avid blogger and reader who enjoys interacting with readers, and often dreams about finishing her first novel. When not writing or reading, she can be found working as an INSPYs advisory board member or contributing to e-zines. Her scribbles are housed on her blog Finding Wonderland (https://www.rissiwrites.com).

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17 thoughts on “25 of the Best in Christian Historical Romance Novels”

  1. Great list, Rissi! I see many favorites here. Blackmoore is one of my favorite historicals ever. And I really liked that Maid to Match is set at the Vanderbilt mansion in Asheville. That’s not a setting you see in fiction very often.

    • I read “Blackmore” YEARS ago, but honestly, don’t remember much, which usually means it wasn’t a favorite. But I know SO many people love her novels. Also used to read Deeanne Gist’s novels ALL THE TIME, but don’t think I ever got around to read “Maid to Match”!

    • A pleasure to include your novels; and thanks so much for visiting, Siri! It’s been so long since I read one of Julie’s novels, but were teenage me highly anticipated books to read. 🙂

  2. RISSI!!

    God bless you, you sweet thing — I am SO thrilled to be on your list, especially with so many of my own favorite authors!! AWESOME list, by the way!!

    Hugs and more hugs,
    Julie ♥️

  3. Have fallen in love with the “Eagle Harbor” series by author Naomi Rawlins. I’ve read the whole series and am now working on her other Western Series. Check her out. A wonderful Christian historical romance writer. She even includes some bible scripture here and there..

  4. Are you familiar with author Julie Klassen? Wonderful books, Christian based, take place in England, early 1800’s. I highly recommend any of her books!

  5. Thanks for these! Another, just published, Christian-historical-romance-adventure to suggest for your list is All the Seas of God: An Odyssey of Love. Here is a brief description.

    All the Seas of God is a whirlwind, year-long, three-continent wild ride of dangerous living in a love story to remember! Sam and Addie, childhood best friends for a summer and lovers of adventure stories, meet accidentally on purpose as adults in the last year of World War One. A roller coaster romance leads to a dream of married bliss in Sam’s native India. But the dream is throttled at every turn. Separate rescues from their torpedoed ship land them in different countries with neither knowing if the other has survived. And an overheard conversation brings danger on the high seas and puts them on the run in Calcutta, the Himalayan foothills, and Bengal’s predator-filled Sundarban forests. The world war comes to an end. A global pandemic subsides. But Sam and Addie’s vision of a peaceful life remains as elusive as ever.


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