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.

Landline

Landline
Landline
by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love you more than I hate everything else.

Landline is about Georgie McCool, her marriage with Neal and the struggle in juggling family life and career. Georgie McCool has been waiting for a big opportunity her entire career, however, in order to achieve it she must work around Christmas. Instead of staying with Georgie, Neal decided to go on with their trip with their children, leaving Georgie in Los Angeles that christmas. Georgie then starts to wonder if this is the end of their marriage. She goes home to their childhood bedroom where a yellow telephone allows her to talk to past Neal – before the marriage even happened. Georgie starts to wonder if it will be better if they didn’t marry at all. Is their love for each other enough? They are very different people with different interests after all.

Some romance books dwell on the beginning of love where the fire burns oh so brightly. This book, on the other hand, dwells on the love that has surpassed almost a couple of decades. This story is not about the expectation of love – it is really love itself. Most books would show love with grand gestures – showing up in front of your door and declaring your love to the other person. This book has that too. But the great thing is, it has more than that. This book shows us the truth. That there is more to love than the great things. Marriage is a hard work (I’m not married yet though so I’m just guessing here). And sometimes, it’s just a matter of choice between to go on and try again or just give up.

Even if the book is dealing with something heavy, the narrative is really light. I really enjoyed the shift from the present married life to the time they were just dating and starting their life together.The pace of the book is really exciting as well. The book is also very emotional as well. I also just chose to ignore the concept of a magic time-travelling phone since Rainbow Rowell didn’t really give us an explanation. Maybe it’s just really magic. Setting aside the magic phone, this book is actually very realistic with its portrayal of love.This book is really great but I just felt like there is something missing. I didn’t feel like I was really into the book the way I am with Colleen Hoover’s romances. I don’t know why but I just felt a little bit detached. That’s why I gave it four stars.

This book, even when it’s about marriage, will be a good read for everyone in my opinion. It will teach us a lot about relationships and ourselves too. Family is also a big component of this book. So if you’re looking for just a light-hearted book but you don’t want a shallow concept either, this book will be a good read for you.

One Tiny Lie

 

One Tiny Lie (Ten Tiny Breaths, #2)

 

One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Sometimes in life you make a decision and you find yourself questioning it. A lot. You don’t regret it, exactly. You know that you probably made the right choice and that you’re probably better off for it. But you do spend a lot of time wondering what the hell you were thinking.

One Tiny Lie is the second book of the Ten Tiny Breaths Series by K. A. Tucker. Ten Tiny Breaths focuses on Kacey, a broken girl who keeps everyone at an arms length while this book focuses on Livie, Kacey’s straight A sister who is now starting college. Livie has a life plan- become a pediatric oncologist who will save children’s lives someday. But then Kacey convinced her to go to her first college party where she meets Ashton, the man who will help shatter her plans.

One Tiny Lie is an easy read. The words flowed smoothly. The story of book is sort of a typical young adult romance story. A perfect girl meets the bad boy (sort of) who will teach her how to have fun. The perfect girl finds out things about herself that she did not know and she’s changed forever. Plus, the boy is broken is some ways too but is just the perfect boy for her.

For me, One Tiny Lie did not offer more than what is typically read in other stories. It involved self-discovery and healing but the book failed to connect to me emotionally. I enjoyed the pace but I did not really feel anything.

I recommend this book for those looking for an easy read but if you are looking for somethign that will make you laugh or cry or both, this is not it.

Waking Up Married

 

Waking Up Married (Waking Up, #1)

Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Waking Up Married, for me, is an easy read. It is a light-hearted book with cute and sweet moments. One night, Megan and Connor met in Vegas… and they got married. The morning after, Megan wants a divorce but Connor doesn’t. He then proposed a 3-month-trial, if Megan wants divorce then, they will. Connor believes that marriage is like a partnership and is better without love involved. The story is quite typical and predictable. The characters are quite unrealistic as well. But I liked the book anyways… It might be because the dialogues are really cute and funny. I had a lot of fun reading. So if you’re looking for a light-hearted easy read, this chick lit might be the one for you.

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.