Author: Sherry Helms
Today, we have compiled for our readers a list of the top 5 bestselling Historical Romance Novels of the time. Set against the backdrops of different centuries and countries spanning from ancient times to the Regency era, all these books have in common a moving love story aligned with heart-warming plots, drama and the true events of the contemporary days. Take a look:
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – First published in 1936, this book is a historical romance novel set off against the harrowing milieu of the American Civil War. This American classic has a page-turning love story in which a manipulative woman, Scarlett O’Hara and a roguish man, Rhett Butler carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Its movie adaptation is also as popular as this book is.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is a classic love story of the vivacious and witty Elizabeth Bennet, the second eldest of the five daughters whom Mrs Bennett is anxious to put into marriage, and the superior Mr. Darcy – the most disagreeable man in the world. Initially, Elizabeth hastily dismissed his proposal, but, as soon as he realizes that he is deeply in love with Elizabeth, he starts improving his stubborn manners and made her to change mind. This volume is loved by book-lovers for its depth, humor and playfulness.
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – This is another great classic work by Jane Austen that everyone who has or aspire to have a romantic love story in his/her life should read. It is a timeless tale of romantic manners and mores in which two vastly different sisters (the Dashwood sisters) experience love and loss under the rigid view of British society. We can say this novel is an excellent introduction to Austen’s works because of its relative simplicity and the use of typical themes and social situations.
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – This romantic novel set in Scotland in 1743, telling the story of Claire Randall, a former combat nurse in the year of 1945, when she returns from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon. Actually, this is a story in which time travels back to the era of Our Lord, 1743, in Scotland, taking Claire back in time by forces. There she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire, and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough – Powered by the dreams and struggles of three generations, this is the epic saga of a family rooted in the Australian sheep country. At the story’s heart is the love of Meggie Cleary, who can never possess the man she desperately adores, and Ralph de Bricassart, who rises from parish priest to the inner circles of the Vatican…but whose passion for Meggie will follow him all the days of his life.
This list would have become endless, if we had to enlist all the popular Historical Romance Novels. Therefore, we have limited ourselves to just top five bestselling titles. But, But, you can find other popular title(s) of this genre on our mega online bookstores, Printsasia.com and Printsasia.co.uk.