I’ve mentioned some of my favorite medieval TV shows to get your Game of Thrones fix, but what can you watch if you’re looking for historical fiction on the tube? Luckily there seems to be an explosion of period dramas in the past few years. Historical romance on screen is scarce, but if you’re like me, the appeal of the genre extends beyond the HEA on TV.
The following historical romance novel recommendations are based on the premise you’ve already read or watched Outlandar by Dianna Gabaldon and/or A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin.
Full disclosure . . . A Song of Ice and Fire happens to be one of my favorite book series of all-time so I’m extremely biased. However, if you’re a historical romance reader like myself, there’s a decent chance you’re looking for a quicker read or new authors recommendations.
Moving on, do you still think about Robb Stark? (For the record, Jon Snow is 100% not dead for good. I know this because I’m willing it to be. *Update* I was right!) Check out The Ransom by Julie Garwood. It’s by no means as bloody as Game of Thrones, but with a violent medieval element and plenty of bad guys, it’s a winner. And since it’s a romance novel, the HEA is firmly intact. AKA no Red Wedding.
Work with me on this one. While Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsay is not set in Birmingham, nor is it about a street gang, you may be wondering how Peaky Blinders fits in. Early 20th century England may be very different than it’s medieval counterpart–I’m a sucker for medieval–but the two have one very important element in common. No one writes the alpha male like Ms. Lindsay, and no character on television is more of one than Tommy Shelby. It may seem a stretch, but I’m willing go out on a limb for this one.
Have you read any of these books or series? What recommendations would you give for historical romance readers and fans of the above mentioned shows? Find me @CeceliaMecca on Twitter or on Facebook to let me know what you think.