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6 Books We Can’t Help Falling in Love with This Valentine’s Day

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We’ve partnered with Bethany House Publishers from the Baker Publishing Group to tell you about these new historical romance books for Valentine’s Day. Some of these books are available now, while others are available for pre-order.

If you’re looking for something romantic with historical intrigue and swoony moments, look no further than these exciting new reads. 

From bestselling, award-winning, and talented authors with a range of historical settings – there’s something here for everyone who enjoys their romances on the sweeter side. 


Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden

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Official Description

His steel empire has catapulted him to the top of the world, but loving her could cost him everything.

Maggie Molinaro survived a hardscrabble childhood in the downtrodden streets of Manhattan to become a successful businesswoman. After a decade of sacrifice, she now owns a celebrated ice cream company. But when she offends a corrupt banker, she unwittingly sets off a series of calamities that threaten to destroy her life’s work.

Liam Blackstone is a charismatic steel magnate committed to overhauling factory conditions for the steelworkers of America. Standing in his way is the same villain determined to ruin Maggie. What begins as a practical alliance to defeat a common enemy soon evolves into a romance between two wounded people determined to beat the odds.

A spiraling circle of treachery grows increasingly dangerous as Liam and Maggie risk their lives and fortunes for the good of the city. It will require all their wit and ingenuity to protect everything–and everyone–they hold dear.

Why You Should Check This Out:

If you like gripping drama, sweeping romance, historical businesswomen, and rich history, check out this new Gilded Age novel from Elizabeth Camden!

Yesterday’s Tides by Roseanna M. White

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Official Description

In two world wars, intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations

In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same–until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie’s inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling’s injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the SS officer he’s tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.

Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, never expecting to fall in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper’s daughter. But when war breaks out in Europe, their relationship is put in jeopardy and may not survive what lies ahead for them.

As the ripples from the Great War rock Evie and Sterling’s lives in World War II, it seems yesterday’s tides may sweep them all into danger again today.

“Yesterday’s Tides has delicious romance, fascinating history, heart-pounding mystery, and wrenching family drama. . . . Please don’t miss this novel.”–SARAH SUNDIN, bestselling and award-winning author of The Sound of Light and Until Leaves Fall in Paris

“Yesterday’s Tides triumphs with raw and real emotion, pulse-pounding action, and romance that pays tribute to the legacy of yesterday to anchor the path of our tomorrows.”–KRISTY CAMBRON, Christy Award-winning author of The Paris Dressmaker

Why You Should Check This Out:

In World War I and World War II Outer Banks, North Carolina, prejudice, self-sacrifice, and romance collide across two generations in this exhilarating novel for readers of Kate Quinn and Susan Meissner.

The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy

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Official Description

Two women–bound by blood, torn apart by circumstance–find together that true strength comes in many forms.

In 1911, Mabel MacGinnis is Europe’s strongest woman and has performed beside her father in the Manzo Brothers Circus her entire life. When he dies unexpectedly, she loses everything she’s ever known and sets off in the company of acrobat Jake Cunningham in hope of finding the mother she thought was dead.

Isabella Moreau, America’s most feted aerialist, has given everything to the circus. But age and injury now threaten her security, and Isabella, stalked by old fears, makes a choice that risks everything. Then her daughter Mabel appears alongside the man who never wanted to see Isabella again, and she is forced to face the truth of where, and in what, she derives her worth.

As Mabel and Isabella’s lives become entangled beneath the glittering lights and flying trapeze of Madison Square Garden, their resiliency and resolve are tested as they learn the truth of what it means to be strong.

“Kimberly Duffy not only delivers a beautiful escape, but she also adds layers of emotional depth to build a captivating story readers will love.”–JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

Why You Should Check This Out:

Fans of The Greatest Showman can entangle themselves beneath the glittering lights of 1911 New York, where a circus strong woman and her mother, an aerialist, find that love and strength come in many forms.

A Match in the Making by Jen Turano

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Official Description

Miss Gwendolyn Brinley accepted a temporary paid companion position for the Newport summer season, believing it would be a lark to spend the summer in America’s most exclusive town. She suddenly finds her summer turning anything but amusing when her employer expects her to take over responsibilities as an assistant matchmaker. Tasked with the daunting prospect of attaining advantageous matches for her clients, Gwendolyn soon finds herself in the employ of Mr. Walter Townsend, the catch of the Season, but a gentleman Gwendolyn finds beyond irritating.

Walter Townsend is reluctantly in search of a wife for the sake of his unruly motherless children who cannot keep a governess for long. What he wasn’t expecting was Miss Brinley, an amateur matchmaker who turns his quest for a new wife into a complete and utter debacle. Constantly besieged by society ladies on a mission to win his affection, Walter must find a way to overcome their inundating attention–and his unexpected attraction toward Gwendolyn.

The more time they spend together throughout the Newport Season, the harder it is for Gwendolyn to find Walter a wife when she realizes his perfect match might be . . . her.

Why You Should Check This Out:

A sweet Gilded Age romance with all the humor and wit of Eloisa James and Julia Quinn about a matchmaker tasked with finding the city’s most eligible bachelor a wife.

The Metropolitan Affair by Jocelyn Green

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Official Description

Bestselling author Jocelyn Green sweeps you away in a dazzling novel of secrets, betrayal, and romance within one of New York City’s most esteemed museums.

For years her explorer father promised Dr. Lauren Westlake she’d accompany him on one of his Egyptian expeditions. But as the empty promises mounted, Lauren determined to earn her own way. Now the assistant curator of Egyptology for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lauren receives two unexpected invitations.

The first is her repentant father’s offer to finally bring her to Egypt as his colleague on a new expedition. The second is a chance to enter the world of New York’s wealthiest patrons who have been victims of art fraud.

With Egyptomania sweeping the city after the discovery of King Tut’s tomb, Detective Joe Caravello is on the hunt for a notorious forger preying on the open wallets of New York’s high society. Dr. Westlake is just the expert he needs to help him track the criminal. Together they search for the truth, and the closer Lauren and Joe get to discovering the forger’s identity, the more entangled they become in a web of deception and crime.

Why You Should Check This Out: 

A glamorous and mysterious second-chance love story set within New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art during the Roaring Twenties for fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Christie Affair.

The Vanishing at Castle Moreau by Jaime Jo Wright

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Official Description

 A haunting legend. An ominous curse. A search for a secret buried deep within the castle walls.

In 1870, orphaned Daisy François takes a position as housemaid at a Wisconsin castle to escape the horrors of her past life. There she finds a reclusive and eccentric Gothic authoress who hides tales more harrowing than the ones in her novels. As women disappear from the area and the eerie circumstances seem to parallel a local legend, Daisy is thrust into a web that could ultimately steal her sanity, if not her life.

In the present day, Cleo Clemmons is hired by the grandson of an American aristocratic family to help his grandmother face her hoarding in the dilapidated Castle Moreau. But when Cleo uncovers more than just the woman’s stash of collectibles, a century-old mystery and the dust of the old castle’s curse threaten to rise again . . . this time to leave no one alive to tell the sordid tale.

Award-winning author Jaime Jo Wright seamlessly weaves a dual-time tale of two women who must do all they can to seek the light amid the darkness shrouding Castle Moreau.

“An imaginative and mysterious tale.”–New York Times bestselling author RACHEL HAUCK

“Jaime Jo Wright never disappoints, and The Vanishing at Castle Moreau is no exception. With real, flawed characters who grapple with real-life struggles, this gripping suspense novel will draw readers in from the very first page. Good luck putting it down. I couldn’t.”–LYNETTE EASON, bestselling author of the Extreme Measures series

Why You Should Check This Out:

An atmospheric dual-time Gothic romance that centers on a haunting legend buried deep within a castle’s walls for fans of Simone St. James and Hester Fox. 

What of these new books for Valentine’s Day do you plan to check out from Bethany House Publishers? Let us know in the comments below! 

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By on February 8th, 2023

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