Step Back in Time

Welcome to the #ForTheLoveOfReadingChallenge! Take part in our reading challenge all month long by using the challenge hashtag on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and/or in our Between the Chapters Facebook Group. Readers who check off just ONE book in the challenge and post about it will be entered to win a romance grab-bag of must-reads. Visit our Facebook Group to learn all about the challenge.

The term “historical fiction” and “historical romance” often conjures images of sweeping epics, heroes and heroines who must operate outside of convention to achieve their goals—and in turn end up changing their world, the ordinary people who are forced to become extraordinary, and their adventures weave the tales upon which we’ve built the foundations of our modern world.

These titles offer every bit of that and more.

The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes

Set in a fraught but hopeful landscape after World War I, this book is the perfect treat. It has adventures in lands often unexplored in historical fiction, a woman finding her way through secrets and betrayal to claim her birthright, family drama, a mystery, and best of all, chocolate. 

The Second Mrs. Astor by Shana Abe

A passionate, determined epic inspired by the real life romance between a young socialite and one of the richest men in the world, and the will to not only survive, but thrive, when that love story was brought to a tragic end.

The Second Life of Mirielle West by Amanda Skenandore

A poignant and humanized lens into the leprosy crisis of our country’s past, and a journey to self-worth, self-discovery, and ultimately resilience of not only the human spirit, but one woman’s heart and soul.

The Virgin Who Bewitched Lord Lymington by Anna Bradley

A dazzling romp filled with sinners who dare to have a future, and saints with a past. Secret societies, deadly mysteries, and women who are determined not to take the slings and arrows of life lying down. At least, not in the metaphorical sense.

Duchess If You Dare by Anabelle Bryant

The Maidens of Mayhem are determined to right the wrongs of the world, and this fierce heroine will have you cheering for her from the first page to the last as she puts her life on the line to save those who have no one to speak for them and to claim a love written in the starts.