English Civil War

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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

Damnation has never been so sweet... Rosamund Tomkins, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, spends most of her young life in drudgery at a country inn. To her, the Restoration under Charles II is but a distant threat as she works under the watchful eye of her brutal, abusive stepfather . . . ...

B
The Marigold Chain

Narrated by Alex Wyndham So, so many people love The Marigold Chain (really, anything by Stella Riley) and for good reason.  Her attention to detail - from the dialogue to the setting and time period  to the clothing -  everything is pitch perfect.  However, The Marigold Chain is history dens ...

A
The Black Madonna

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Stella Riley’s work, so anyone reading this review could be forgiven for thinking that the DIK rating was a foregone conclusion.  And perhaps it was – I’ve always found her writing, characterisation and storytelling to be of consistently high quality, ...

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Royalist on the Run

I have to say, if I fell in love with a man and he abruptly ended our betrothal and dumped me in favor of another woman, I wouldn't be too happy.  And if he showed up on my doorstep years later and asked me to help him with his child from said other woman, I can think of things I would say, but non ...

A
Lords of Misrule

Stella Riley’s Roundheads and Cavaliers series of books set during the English Civil Wars is an absolute treat for those who enjoy well-researched historical fiction AND historical romance. Each book in the series is grounded strongly in historical fact and the stories Ms Riley layers atop her cho ...

D
By Love Unveiled

Normally I'm a fan of re-releases. So many romantic novels have entirely too short a shelf life, and I've been able to read some wonderful books I missed the first time around. However, there are some books that probably deserve to stay in the past, and By Love Unveiled is certainly one of them. In ...

B
The King's Daughter

If you read historical fiction, you already know that the Tudors are everywhere. It's almost like what Regency England did to historical romance settings. While I love Tudor England, I still jumped at the chance to change things up and visit the early Stuart period. Set in the Court of King James I, ...

A
Libertine's Kiss

There are books I rather like and then, every once in a great while, there are books I love to the point of wanting everybody I know to go out and buy a copy. Libertine's Kiss is one of those rare books. This angsty historical is heartrendingly beautiful, featuring beautiful language and a fantastic ...

B
Transgressions

Transgressions is one of the first in the Running Press line of male/male romances. While I had some issues with viewpoint switches, I was impressed, especially by the sense of history - England's Civil War is too rarely seen in romances. However, this book is not for the squeamish as the dark side ...

B+
The Winter Prince

In The Winter Prince, Cheryl Sawyer turns her research and writing skills to the tumultous years of the English Civil War. Her story focuses on Mary Villiers, Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, and Prince Rupert of Bohemia (also known as Rupert of the Rhine). As Charles I's ward and nephew, both Mary a ...