Historical Fiction Romance

Recently, I have been reading historical fiction romances and I may be obssessed with it now.

One of the reasons I like these kinds of books is the setting. I like getting a glimpse of the society back then where getting a woman married is a necessity and getting ruined seems to be the end of the world. I think I like it because it is so very different from what I see in our society today. It’s also refreshing – the dialogues are very different and so is their humor.

Also, let’s admit it, the men in these books are really swoon-worthy. The books I have been reading lately have rakes as the center of interest of the main character. I guess I like that these guys fall in love really hard with their girl. My favorite so far is Rhys Winterborne of Lisa Kleypas’ Marrying Winterborne.

I guess I also liked the premise of the stories. Most books have almost similar plots – innocent girl meets experienced rake. There will be courtship or flirtations and then the girl might be ruined after a kiss or maybe they have slept together. The rake will then marry the girl but in the end he will realize that he is so lucky because he is indeed in love with the girl.

So far, I’ve only read Julia Quinn and Lisa Kleypas and I’ve enjoyed their books immensely. Needless to say, I haven’t had enough yet and will keep reading the Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn. I’ve only read The Duke and I, the first book of the family series, and I want more.

I highly recommend historical fiction romance for people like me who are hopeless romantic and wants something different from contemporary fiction today.

All the Light We Cannot See

 

All the Light We Cannot See

 

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are none so distant that fate cannot bring them together.

All the Light We Cannot See is a story about two teenagers during the second world war – Werner and Marie-Laure.

Werner is a young brilliant orphan boy who lives in a children’s home with his sister Jutta. He and his sister stays up at night to listen to a french scientist through a radio he has fixed alone. Listening to this frenchman made him wonder about Science and what it has to offer. His skills with the radio led him to become one of the Hitler Youth where he trained and studied in an academy.

Marie-Laure, on the other hand, is a blind girl who had to flee Paris and move to a town near the ocean- Saint Malo. She lived with her father who buys her books in Braille and builds her models of the town. In Saint Malo, she meets her great-uncle Etienne who collected radios but is afraid to go out of the house.

This book is beautifully written. Anthony Doerr knows how to choose to the right words that will perfectly describe the characters and the setting. Details and imagery are everywhere.

However, I did not like the book much. I find the pace of the book too slow. Reading this book required a lot of patience for me to get to the end. I kept on waiting for something to happen. I also kept on wondering if fate would bring Werner and Marie-Laure together or if it’s there story is really separate from one another. I believe that readers who are after the ‘thrill’ in events of a book would not like this one.

Alexandra

 

Alexandra  (Regency Chase Brides #1)

 

Alexandra by Lauren Royal & Devon Royal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

For me, historical romance is in a way similar to dystopian and futuristic novels. From both genre, you learn about the culture in another time. You imagine a different way of life from your own.

The authors have done a great job in describing places and characters. You actually feel the pressure and conflict in the book. Say for instance, the objective of every woman in that time is to be married. That is why, ladies attend balls and such. Now, there is little to none pressure of getting married. The pressure is more on having a successful career nowadays. But then, I felt and understand what they’re going through. Alexandra has surpassed the barrier that is always between readers and historical fiction which is the setting is too different from the present.

The authors also managed to create interesting characters that people can relate to. There’s the main character Alexandra who has been in love with her brother’s best friend for a long time. And then there’s Tristan who feels like he doesn’t deserve Alexandra and who can’t admit to himself that he loves her. Even the setting is different, what the people in the book are going through is relatable. And for me that’s one of the most important thing about characters – they should be relatable. Also, Alexandra’s sisters are adorable!

Historical Romance is really interesting not just because of the romance and love plot, it is because you learn another way of life while reading them. For me, they are time machines of your mind. If you haven’t tried historical romance yet, I think you better start now. And I suggest you try with this sweet romantic book. You’ll be obsessed with historical romance in no time.