I just really like it when the hero has to put in some effort to win the girl and they don’t just fall into bed at the first meeting.
#2 Strong Heroines
I wanna be Skye O’Malley!
Dare I mention Jamie Fraser? Kilts?
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#4 Family Values
Well, I’m not claiming they are all good family values!
What’s not to like about a stunning ball gown? Especially when someone else has to wear the corset.
#6 Stately Homes
And don’t forget the servants to keep it all sparkling clean!
#7 Country Estates
Fresh air, sunshine, gardens (and gardeners). And don’t forget house parties!
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#8 Favorite Authors
Georgette Heyer, Mary Balogh, Sabrina Jeffries, Elizabeth Hoyt, Jean Plaidy, Elizabeth Chadwick, Susanna Kearsley, Diana Gabaldon, Stephanie Laurens, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Julia Quinn, Julie Garwood, Amanda Quick, Jo Beverley, Victoria Alexander, Carla Kelly… and many more!
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#9 Almack’s Assembly Rooms
The Patronesses. The vouchers. The Marriage Mart. The dry cake. No waltzing without permission.
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#10 Pride & Prejudice
Colin Firth is the ultimate Darcy. Don’t you dare dispute it!
To be continued… by you! Why do you read or write historical romance?
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I can’t wait for your Outlander discussion. Love Jamie too! I’m currently reading book 4.
Two words — Jamie Fraser. 🙂 I love reading about History. I love your reasons. I agree with all of them. The strict rules were unbelievable for women.It’s always exciting to read about times in History from the comfort of my own chair. I don’t think I’d have survived their rules. :). Thanks for the post.
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I just want to say ALL OF THE ABOVE. I totally agree about Colin Firth. No one else comes close.
I have always loved history. I love finding out how we came to this point in time.
Historical Romance has it all.
For the hope that love can transcend time… (and the hot guy in breeches).
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I love it! I definitely want to be Skye O’Malley! My favorite book by Bertrice !
I recently saw a quote from Colin Firth that said (roughly): I could change careers now and be and astronaut and when I landed on Mars, the headline would read “Mr. Darcy Lands On Mars.” Yup.
#WhyIWriteHistoricals I love the escape to a world that is so far removed from the one I live in today; the values, the manners, the grand estates and beautiful houses. The balls, soirees, musicales and routs! The pure, unadulterated romance of a bygone time.
#WhyIReadHistoricals because there are some wonderfully talented people out there who help me to escape to that world I long to inhabit!
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I read historical romance to be taken to a different time and place. You can escape your problems and worries for a while. I love the dresses, etc in the regency time period and I love to read about the trials and how our ancestors would have lived and hopefully prospered in the historical western romances. I also love the items I read about in history that I never knew. It had given me a new love of history that I share with my children.
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The romance. The intrigue. The adventure of far away place.
The intriguing stories. The romance. The far away places. Brings you back in time.
Jamie Fraser is the ideal of everyone for husband!Colin Firth is the only Darcy! Historical romance is a fun way to bring real historic times alive.
I read and write historicals because I love your #1 reason: men had to work for it! I also read/write to escape. Historicals do that without me having to think so hard about world-building and rules like you find in fantasy. I can sit back, relax, and really go someplace and some-time else. Excellent post by the way.
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