Alright, though most of us here are already dedicated readers of what is affectionately referrers to as HR novels, there are a lot of people who are as of yet clueless about the appeal and benefits of historical romance. Just to help make them see the light (so to speak) 😉 and to remind us fans of the value of historical romances I hereby present this list for your pleasure and immediate perusal.
1) The Hero
For the ladies-If there’s one thing we ladies read romance for, it is the hero. Strong, dashing, generous, smart, funny, protective, devoted, the HR hero is everything a woman wants in a man-and more! Guys, take a tip or two from these renowned conquerors of female hearts to help make your own love interest swoon 😛
2) The Heroine
That kick-ass, independent, feisty, brave woman all of us women secretly want to be. Think Lizzy Bennet. The fact that she usually bags the delicious hero at the end is a big plus 😉 You will not find copies of dependent, mopey, weak Bella Swan of Twilight fame in one of these romances (which is a plus for all you anti-Twilight folks)!
3) The History
What would a HR novel be without history in it? Regency, Victorian, Medieval, Georgian… You pick! Reading one of these novels can act almost like a history lesson. I know I’ve learned lots of stuff about life in certain periods of time-did you know that the first famous chef in history came from the Regency period? Or that a governess was the only real job a woman could do in the 1800’s? How about the fact that modern hygiene wasn’t developed until the Regency? So not just for your entertainment!
4) The Romance
The first meeting, the first kiss, the first touch, the first spark… If there’s one thing we humans can’t get enough of, it’s love and how it works. Yeah, we’re still no closer to getting the answers but these novels are a step in the right direction. Filled with all the longing, despair, and passion of relationships, you will be hooked and you won’t want to stop!
5) Life Lessons
Romance novels are a lot more than people give them credit for. They teach you things about life and love-real pearls of wisdom most of the time. Most of the time, the good will triumph over the bad, life is never what you expect, and help can come from the unlikeliest of places.
I hope I’ve convinced even a few of you to pick up a novel if you haven’t and for those of you who love HR books, DON’T stop reading!!! 😉