Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Historical Romances. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Where the Crawdads Sing

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

Number One New York Times Best-Selling Phenomenon More than seven million copies sold worldwide A Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine Book Club Pick A Business Insider Defining Book of the Decade "I can't even express how much I love this book! I didn't want this story to end!" (Reese Witherspoon) "Painfully beautiful." ( The New York Times Book Review ) For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens. Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder. Owens reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.

  • Author: Delia Owens
  • Genre: Audible Books & Originals, Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Coming of Age


2. The Heart of Devin Mackade (MacKade Brothers Book 3)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts continues the beloved MacKade Brothers series with Devin, the handsome and dependable sheriff! Since he was a young man, Devin MacKade has always known his destiny was to become sheriff of his small town, to serve and protect Antietam, Maryland. For a long while he thought his future would also include Cassie Connor—the woman he’s known, and certainly loved, forever. But when Cassie married the wrong man, Devin did the honorable thing and kept his feelings to himself. Twelve years later, Cassie’s divorced and Devin can finally follow his heart. The question is, can Cassie? Previously published.

  • Author: Nora Roberts
  • Publisher: Silhouette Special Releases; Reissue edition (March 15, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Parenting & Relationships


3. The Virgin Who Humbled Lord Haslemere (The Swooning Virgins Society Book 3)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

There’s nothing distinct about the brick building that houses The Clifford Charity School for Wayward Girls, which perfectly suits the purposes of its extraordinary residents—bold young ladies who expose London’s most corrupt aristocrats—and find their true loves along the way . . .   The only thing Georgiana Harley despises more than chaos is bad behavior. So when the Duchess of Kenilworth pleads for help to escape her witty, charming, handsome, heartless monster of a husband, she’s come to the right place. Calm and logical, with nerves of steel, Georgiana is uniquely qualified to safely disappear the duchess, along with her young son. Her greatest challenge is Her Grace’s brother, Lord Haslemere. An arrogant scoundrel, he keeps interfering with Georgiana’s methodical plans. If only he would get out of her way—yet once he reveals a heart as sweet as his lips, she isn’t so sure she wants him to. Can she allow herself to fall for a man with an angel’s face—and a devil’s reputation . . .?   Benedict Harcourt, the Earl of Haslemere isn’t about to trust his precious sister and beloved nephew to some delicate chit who looks as if a stiff wind could send her sprawling—no matter how brilliant Georgiana is. Or beautiful. Or brave. Or lovable. Or irresistible. But does even he have the courage to fall for a young woman with the starry eyes of an innocent—and the unstoppable fierceness of a lioness? Only time, and taking a risk, will tell . . .

  • Author: Anna Bradley
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (June 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Romance


4. The Words We Whisper

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

From the bestselling author of Honeysuckle Season comes a sweeping saga that interweaves the past and present in an epic tapestry of love, war, and loss. As a hospice nurse, Zara Mitchell has already seen more death than most people will experience in a lifetime. So when her older sister asks her to help care for their ailing grandmother, Zara agrees—despite strained family relationships. Though pale and tired, Nonna has lost none of her sharp mind. She’s fixated on finding something long forgotten, and she immediately puts Zara to work cleaning out the attic. Unexpectedly, amid the tedium of sifting through knickknacks and heirlooms, Zara also reconnects with a man she’s attracted to but whose complicated past makes romance seem impossible. But then Zara finds what Nonna was looking for: a wooden chest, an emerald broach, a leather-bound journal. As she immerses herself in stories of heroism and loss set against the backdrop of war-torn Italy in 1943, Zara finds answers to questions she didn’t know she had. And they change everything she thinks she knows about love, regret, and seizing the day.

  • Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
  • Publisher: Montlake (July 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


5. The Secret Messenger: The gripping historical fiction novel from the international bestseller

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

The highly awaited new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War ). Venice, 1943 The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter. But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy. London, 2017 Years later, Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal… Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Praise for The Secret Messenger : ‘Rich and captivating…a vivid story of love, sacrifice and betrayal.’ Woman’s World ‘Intriguing, pacy and fascinating.’ Suzanne Goldring, author of My Name is Eva ‘Unique, emotional and life-affirming.’ Melanie Hudson, author of The Last Letter from Juliet ‘A beautifully written novel, perfect for historical fiction lovers.’ Soraya M. Lane, bestselling author of The Girls of Pearl Harbor ‘Another fantastic page-turner.’ LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness ‘I felt I was walking alongside Stella over bridges and along canals at every heartstopping moment… Wonderful.’ Molly Green, author of An Orphan’s Wish ‘One of the stronger novels that pays homage to the women involved in the movements of resistance.’ Reader review ‘Refreshingly different. Even if you think you have read enough war books this year I strongly recommend you read this one.’ Reader review ‘If you like WWII stories, this is a must read.’ Reader review

  • Author: Mandy Robotham
  • Publisher: Avon (December 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction


6. Devil in Disguise (Ravenels Book 7)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

New York Times bestseller Lisa Kleypas returns with an enthralling and steaming romance between a Scot with a mysterious past and strong-willed lady looking for adventure—and love.  “The devil never tries to make people do the wrong thing by scaring them. He does it by tempting them.” Lady Merritt Sterling, a strong-willed young widow who’s running her late husband’s shipping company, knows London society is dying to catch her in a scandal. So far, she’s been too smart to provide them with one. But then she meets Keir MacRae, a rough-and-rugged Scottish whisky distiller, and all her sensible plans vanish like smoke. They couldn’t be more different, but their attraction is powerful, raw and irresistible. From the moment Keir MacRae arrives in London, he has two goals. One: don’t fall in love with the dazzling Lady Merritt Sterling. Two: avoid being killed. So far, neither of those is going well. Keir doesn’t know why someone wants him dead until fate reveals the secret of his mysterious past. His world is thrown into upheaval, and the only one he trusts is Merritt. Their passion blazes with an intensity Merritt has never known before, making her long for the one thing she can’t have from Keir MacRae: forever. As danger draws closer, she’ll do whatever it takes to save the man she loves . . . even knowing he might be the devil in disguise.

  • Author: Lisa Kleypas
  • Publisher: Avon (July 27, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


7. The Venus and the Viscount

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

A hellion. A hoyden. Scandalously flawed. Flouting convention and shocking society has become the primary source of entertainment for Lady Charity Manners. She makes no apologies for her wild ways, nor does she have any intention of changing. As for marriage? No, thank you. She would far prefer to live an independent life on the Continent. Before she leaves England behind for good, she attends one last country house party for a reunion with her old finishing school chums. A bore. A killjoy. Seriously staid. When Neville Astley, Viscount Wilton, overhears Lady Charity describing him in unflattering terms to the lady he hoped to make his viscountess, he is outraged. How dare she attempt to meddle in his affairs and ruin his chances of gaining a bride? He is determined to deliver a stinging rebuttal and prove just how excellent a husband he would make. Except, an odd thing happens when the man who has spent his life following all the rules confronts the lady who has gleefully ignored them. An attraction he never could have predicted sparks into flame. To his dismay, he discovers his inconvenient heart has chosen its allegiance to the most unsuitable lady at the house party. But can Neville persuade Charity to pursue her dreams as his wife, or will he lose her forever? Steam level: Scorching hot! Don't say you weren't warned...

  • Author: Scarlett Scott
  • Publisher: Happily Ever After Books, LLC (July 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Romance


8. The Stranger I Married

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

A reformed rake sets his sights on true love in this steamy Regency romance by the #1 New York Times –bestselling author of Butterfly in Frost . The Marquess of Grayson never felt a twinge of guilt when he stole the beautiful Lady Pelham right out from under his best friend’s nose. After all, they were well matched in all things—their sensual appetites, wicked wits, provocative reputations, and their absolute refusal to ruin their marriage of convenience by falling in love. But then a shocking turn of events sent her roguish husband from her side. Four years later, he has returned a powerful, irresistible man who is determined to seduce his way into her affections. No, this is not at all the man she married. But he is the man who might finally steal her heart . . . Praise for The Stranger I Married “Boldly passionate, scorchingly sexy Regency romance.” — Booklist “The writing . . . is very smooth and readable and the love scenes very hot and nicely done.” —All About Romance

  • Author: Sylvia Day
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction


9. The Second Blind Son (The Chronicles of Saylok)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

A lost girl and a blind boy discover their greatest strength is their bond with each other in a beguiling fantasy by the New York Times bestselling author of The First Girl Child . An insidious curse is weakening the Norse kingdom of Saylok, where no daughters have been born in years. Washing up on these plagued shores is Ghisla, an orphaned stowaway nursed back to health by Hod, a blind cave dweller. Named for a mysterious god, Hod is surrounded by prophecy. To Ghisla, he’s a cherished new friend, but to Hod, the girl is much more. For when Ghisla sings, Hod can see. Unable to offer safe shelter, Hod urges Ghisla onward to become a daughter of the temple, where all the kingdom’s girl children have been gathered. But because of a magical rune, the two cannot be separated, no matter the time or the distance. Now, subject to a ruthless king, Ghisla enters a desperate world of warring clan chieftains and catastrophic power struggles. Uncertain whom to trust, their bond strained by dangerous secrets and feuding loyalties, Ghisla and Hod must confront the prophecies that threaten Saylok while finding a way to save each other.

  • Author: Amy Harmon
  • Publisher: 47North (July 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy


10. The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Romances - August 2021

From international bestselling author Marc Levy comes a witty and beguiling novel of one woman’s unexpected journey to follow her destiny. Alice Pendelbury believes everything in her life is pretty much in order—from her good friends to her burgeoning career. But even Alice has to admit it’s been an odd week. Not only has her belligerent neighbor, Mr. Daldry, suddenly become a surprisingly agreeable confidant, but he’s encouraging her to take seriously the fortune-teller who told her that only by traveling to Turkey can Alice meet the most important person in her life. What’s more, the peculiarly insistent Mr. Daldry has even agreed to finance Alice’s trip—one that against all reason seems to be predestined. It’s on this journey, crazy from the outset and strangely irresistible, that Alice will find out that nothing in her life is real, that her past is not true, and that the six people she’s about to encounter will shape her future in ways she could never have dreamed. Revised edition: Previously published as L’étrange voyage de Monsieur Daldry , this edition of The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury includes editorial revisions.

  • Author: Marc Levy
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (February 5, 2019)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction