The best sweet historical romance novels to tickle your funny bone

Who am I?

I love to laugh. Whether my oldest son and I are trading bad puns, my husband is teasing, my daughter and I are chuckling over a rom-com, or my youngest son is rolling his eyes and groaning at all of us, my family loves to laugh. Humor creates joy, relieves stress, and is just plain fun. That's what I look for in a good read. The world offers plenty of negativity and hardship. When I escape into a novel, I want fast-paced adventure and swoony romance, but I also want a reason to smile. That's the experience I love, and the one I endeavor to give my readers.


I wrote...

Head in the Clouds

By Karen Witemeyer,

Book cover of Head in the Clouds

What is my book about?

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she hides away as a governess on a Texas sheep ranch, vowing to leave her romantic yearnings behind. This vow proves difficult to keep when her new employer turns out to be a British nobleman with the work ethic of a seasoned ranch hand. Not to mention Gideon's tenderness toward the mute little girl left in his care. When her young charge is threatened by a greedy uncle seeking her inheritance, Adelaide works with Gideon to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. Adelaide realizes it's time to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line.

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To Write a Wrong

By Jen Turano,

Book cover of To Write a Wrong

Why this book?

Jen Turano is the queen of quirky characters. This book had me giggling and guffawing with all its crazy shenanigans. Who knew an oversized bustle could double as a floatation device? Daphne Beekman is a successful author who pens thrilling mysteries yet swoons at the first sign of danger in real life. As a consultant for an all-female inquiry agency, she puts her intelligence and creative mind to work solving crimes. But when the reclusive author, and incredibly handsome, Herman Henderson hires the agency, Daphne determines to take a more active role. Outlandish disguises, daring adventure, and bookish banter ensue as Daphne and Herman solve the greatest mystery of all—love.


The Mistletoe Countess

By Pepper Basham,

Book cover of The Mistletoe Countess

Why this book?

This is such a fun book! The book-loving heroine is so upbeat and full of sunshine. Grace loves whimsy yet manages to keep her feet on the ground. I loved how she uses her experience with fiction to solve mysteries and escape harrowing situations. Lord Astley is haunted by past mistakes but his brooding nature can't stand against Grace's guileless enthusiasm. A marriage of convenience, a villain on the prowl, and a house with secret passageways. What's not to love? Riddled with laugh-out-loud moments, this book should not be missed at Christmas or any other time of year.


Manor for Sale, Baron Included: A Victorian Romance

By Esther Hatch,

Book cover of Manor for Sale, Baron Included: A Victorian Romance

Why this book?

This fun regency story pits a nobleman in dire financial straights against the female merchant who buys his late mother's home. He plans to woo her into marriage to get his house back. Too bad she despises entitled lords. A hilarious battle of wills takes place with practical jokes, a fictitious menagerie, and boxing lessons that morph into an unconventional courtship ritual. I love smart heroines, and Sally Duncan uses her wits to great effect to keep Lord Farnsworth guessing and the reader giggling.


The Lieutenant's Bargain

By Regina Jennings,

Book cover of The Lieutenant's Bargain

Why this book?

Ever wished you could reunite with a long-lost crush after coming into your own? Jack Hennessey gets that chance when providence brings the artistic Hattie Walker back into his life after her stagecoach is attacked. Eager to act the hero, Jack rushes to her aid, but when he bungles his rescue, the two accidentally find themselves married. Complications and hilarity ensue. You know you're in for a romp when the book opens with a line like this: "If she'd known there were so few washrooms in Indian Territory, Hattie Walker wouldn't have drunk three cups of coffee at breakfast that morning."


Fancy Pants

By Cathy Marie Hake,

Book cover of Fancy Pants

Why this book?

Remember that song from Disney's Mulan – "I'll Make a Man Out of You"? Move that to the wild west with an English lady named Sydney disguised as a boy and a ranch owner determined to turn his partner's British fop of a "nephew" into a cowhand worth his salt, and you've got a good idea of the crazy antics awaiting you in Fancy Pants. With a strong supporting cast of characters and a giggle-inducing plot, this book is sure to leave you grinning.


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