Historically Yours: Top Historical Romance Picks for August 26 to September 8

Historically Yours

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Welcome to Historically Yours where I share some of my top Historical Romance picks for the next two weeks.

Dalliances & Devotion by Felicia Grossman (8/26)

[The Truitts series #2]

After two disastrous marriages, beauty columnist Amalia Truitt’s life is finally her own—well, it will be if she can get herself back to Delaware and demand access to her share of the Truitt family fortune. After all, the charity she’s organized for women who can’t afford their own divorces won’t fund itself. However, not everyone wants her to reach her destination. When her family learns she’s been receiving anonymous death threats, a solo journey is out of the question. Enter David Zisskind, the ragtag-peddler-turned-soldier whose heart Amalia broke years ago. He’s a Pinkerton now, and the promotion he craves depends on protecting his long-lost love on the unexpectedly treacherous journey across Pennsylvania.

What a Scot Wants by Amalie Howard & Angie Morgan (8/26)

[Tartans & Titans series #3]

Highlander Ronan Maclaren must marry, but he’s in no particular hurry. He’s perfectly happy as the laird of his clan, running the Maclaren Whisky Distillery, and besides, he just hasn’t found the right woman. Lady Imogen Kincaid has cleverly avoided wedlock for years. Men, she has learned from painful experience, are not to be trusted. Determined to remain independent, she takes an indecent amount of pleasure in making herself as unattractive to potential suitors as possible. When desperate measures are taken by their parents and a betrothal contract is signed, it’s loathing at first sight. They each vow to make the other cry off — by any means necessary. But what starts out as a battle of wits…quickly dissolves into a battle of wills.

How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford (8/27)

[The Way to a Lord’s Heart series #3]

The Marquess of Chatton and his neighbor Fenella Fairclough have known each other all their lives. They refused to marry each other years ago when their parents demanded it, and they won’t concede now — even if circumstances have brought these former enemies much closer than they ever could have anticipated.

Deceived by Desire by Marie Force (8/27)

[Gilded series #2]

Wealthy American industrialist Aubrey Nelson has invited the Duke and Duchess of Westbrook to visit his family’s Newport seaside “cottage” for the summer. With his parents’ departure from New York delayed, Aubrey’s mother sends him ahead to oversee preparations for their guests. But when he arrives, he’s surprised to find the house and staff in disarray. With much to do and little time, Aubrey comes to rely on the housekeeper, a lovely young Irish woman named Maeve Brown. And when he also finds himself confiding in Maeve about more personal matters, he tells himself it’s merely their close proximity that draws him to the compassionate, hard-working beauty.

How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (8/27)

[The Devil You Know series #1]

Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past—one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire’s most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil. Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady’s hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps.

The Scotsman Who Swept Me Away by Hannah Howell (8/27)

[Seven Brides for Seven Scotsmen series #3]

Off the New England coast, courageous Mehitabel Ampleford wields a rifle to protect her home from a brutish band of men who are after her land. She will not be intimidated, but their attacks are growing fiercer, and just as their latest confrontation threatens violence, a bold stranger appears out of the ocean mists to send the raiders packing. Geordie MacEnroy has seen the ravages of war in his mountain town — and in the injuries suffered by his youngest brother; now, his restless soul is calling him to find sanctuary by the sea. His long journey to the beautiful coastline of his adopted homeland feels like a new beginning as lovely Mehitabel, so wise and self-sufficient, offers blessed hope for healing his brother’s wounds.

Never Have I Ever With a Duke by Darcy Burke (8/27)

[The Spitfire Society series #1]

Graham Kinsley is shocked when he inherits a debt-ridden dukedom, and now he has just one month to repay a loan. He needs an heiress or find another way to recoup the former duke’s losses. When he meets the alluring Arabella, he’s entranced. Unfortunately, she’s as bankrupt as he is, but if they work together they may be able to recover their fortunes. Arabella Stoke can’t afford an attraction to the penniless duke who has vowed to help rescue her family from financial devastation. She needs to find a wealthy husband before her father succumbs to the stress of losing everything.

How to Catch a Wicked Viscount by Amy Rose Bennett (8/27)

[The Disreputable Debutantes series #1]

Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family’s fortunes. However, Sophie’s plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies’ academy for unbecoming conduct. Since the ton will be sure to close their doors on these disgraced debutantes, they determine that unconventional means need to be employed in the husband-hunting market. Rakehells — the Beau Monde’s wickedest members — might be the only men willing to overlook a young lady’s besmirched reputation. Nate Hastings, the devil-may-care Viscount Malverne, is the older brother of Sophie’s best friend, fellow disgraced debutante Lady Charlotte. When a terribly foxed Nate accidentally compromises Sophie, Charlotte strikes a wicked bargain: In order to avoid a scandal and the parson’s mousetrap, Nate must help Sophie snare a husband.

The Rogue Not Taken by Charlotte Henry (8/28)

[Rogues of St. Just series #2]

Jago Tremayne feels responsible for his part in ruining the debut of the lovely Rowena Penrose. He wants nothing more than to make it up to her — by offering her his heart. But then disaster strikes — his father demands that Jago marry a girl he has not seen since they were children. If he refuses, he will be disinherited…and who will look twice at a penniless Rogue? After enduring disgrace that she did not deserve, Rowena Penrose has returned to Cornwall. Far from the ballrooms of the ton, suitable men are scarce, except for Jago Tremayne. He’s called the rudest man in London, but here at home, he’s beginning to grow on her. He is blunt and graceless, but also kind, attentive, and…on the point of announcing his engagement to someone else.

Her Viking Warrior by Gina Conkle (9/2)

[Forgotten Sons series #2]

Eighteen years ago, Bjorn was exiled from Vellefold. Honor-bound to return, he’ll fight for the settlement…then walk away. First, he must work with his childhood friend, now a beautiful, high-ranking Viking lady. Fierce of spirit, Ilsa will do anything to save her people, including convincing the banished son to take the jarl’s seat. But she has her doubts about the stone-hearted Viking, despite the lust between them. It’s only a matter of time before Bjorn discovers that Ilsa is hiding dangerous secrets, secrets that may jeopardize all they’ve worked for.

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (9/3)

[A League of Extraordinary Women, series #1]

[This is the top read of this column. My Frolic review to come. –Keira]              

Annabelle Archer, the brilliant but destitute daughter of a country vicar, has earned herself a place among the first cohort of female students at the renowned University of Oxford. In return for her scholarship, she must support the rising women’s suffrage movement. Her charge: recruit men of influence to champion their cause. Her target: Sebastian Devereux, the cold and calculating Duke of Montgomery who steers Britain’s politics at the Queen’s command. Sebastian is appalled to find a suffragist squad has infiltrated his ducal home, but the real threat is his impossible feelings for Annabelle. He is looking for a wife of equal standing to secure the legacy he has worked so hard to rebuild, not an outspoken commoner who could never be his duchess.

The Marquis She’s Been Waiting For by Ella Quinn (9/3)

[The Marriage Game series #9]

Lady Dorcus Calthorp, daughter of the Marquis of Huntington, loved and lost during her first Season, leaving her suspicious of gentlemen. Now Dorie finds herself with no marital prospects in sight — until Alexander, the newly elevated Marquis of Exeter, arrives in town. Handsome, charming, and an interesting conversationalist, he at first seems to be her perfect match. Then Dorie discovers he may not be seeking a wife so much as a land steward and mother to his sister.

After learning of his father’s death, Alexander returns home to find his mother has run off with his land  steward,  leaving  his  younger  sisters  with  their  governesses. The most expedient solution is a wife who will take the household and estate in hand while he assumes his role in Parliament. Lady Dorie meets all the requirements — until she makes a surprising proposal. Instead of marrying Alexander, she will tutor him in his duties, freeing him to find his heart’s match.

The Lady Travelers Guide to Happily Ever After by Victoria Alexander (8/27)

Before there was a Lady Travelers Society, there was just one lady traveler. Violet Hagen’s quick wedding to irresponsible James Branham, heir to the Earl of Ellsworth, was to avoid scandal. Though her heart was broken when she learned James never wanted marriage or her, Violet found consolation in traveling the world, at his expense — finding adventure and enjoying an unconventional, independent life. But when James inherits the earldom it comes with a catch: To receive his legacy he and Violet must live together as husband and wife, convincing society that they are reconciled. It’s a preposterous notion, complicated by the fact that Violet is no longer the quiet, meek woman he married. But then he’s not the same man either.

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