In October of 2019, we asked you whether you thought historical romance had a quality problem. That column is still the most commented upon Ask column and it made many angry. In the past twenty months, the world has changed drastically. Has historical romance?

In 2020 and in 2021, we’ve reviewed 157 historical romances. We’ve given 32 of those DIKs and 14 Ds. Grades, in 2021, have been higher for historical romance than in 2020. (No Fs have been given!) What does this tell us about the genre and, more importantly, what do you think about the current state of historical romance?

Dabney Grinnan
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Impenitent social media enthusiast. Relational trend spotter. Enjoys both carpe diem and the fish of the day.