The best clean and wholesome historical romances

The Books I Picked & Why

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Book cover of Pride and Prejudice

Why this book?

Pride and Prejudice is the gold standard for clean and wholesome romance with its colorful characters and tasteful handling of difficult and sometimes scandalous choices. While some readers may hesitate to tackle fiction written over two hundred years ago, it is easily read and the many film adaptations are enjoyable. This novel's wit and observation tie in beautifully to the romance and its main character, Lizzie, who must face herself before she can accept what's in her heart. 

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By Julianne Donaldson

Book cover of Edenbrooke

Why this book?

Lately becoming known as a modern and very recent classic, Edenbrooke is sweet romantic fiction at its best with authentic echoes of Jane Austen. The setting is well-established, the characters multi-dimensional, and the writing is elegant and beautiful. It is a romance novel that can be enjoyed again and again, and it's a shame that it hasn't been brought to film yet. 

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Courting Miss Lancaster

By Sarah M. Eden

Book cover of Courting Miss Lancaster

Why this book?

Courting Miss Lancaster is a perfect first novel for those new to Sarah Eden. She is the queen of beautiful and inspirational wholesome romance novels. This story is original, fun, witty, and so heartwarming you will be an instant fan. Well-researched, it brings the Regency era—and courtship—to life.

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The Heiress of Winterwood

By Sarah E. Ladd

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Why this book?

This novel brings England's moors to life with a Regency romance that is sometimes haunting. It features a courageous heroine who doesn't know her own strength until she must flip social norms upside down by proposing marriage to a man she doesn't know or love—but needs. A couple determined to sacrifice everything for the love of a child makes this story memorable, and the romance is beautiful. 

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Engaging Sir Isaac: A Regency Romance

By Sally Britton

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Why this book?

This is my favorite book of Sally Britton's many clean and wholesome Regency romances. I love how fully dimensional her characters are, and her research is always spot-on and entertaining. She creates wonderful stories set in England that pull at your heartstrings and bring the most satisfying happily-ever-afters in the end. Many of her books are part of a series, but they can be read in any order. 

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