This week in Historical Romance the covers of the eBooks are filled with beautiful dresses and dramatic landscapes. Some eras and settings are clearly preferred over others, while some authors are winning all of the hearts.
Let’s look at the Regency Romance niche first. Here,the King is mad, the Prince of Wales is scandalous, and love is waiting to be found. And going by the sheer number of books up for grabs, readers are still in love with this era. Eloisa James and Sabrina Jeffries are still going strong, both providing a new novel that is hitting high on the chart. Nobles are still proving their popularity, with Earls, Dukes, Lords, all getting their titles mentioned in their book titles. Though Dukes seem to be winning on that front. Rogues are also winning in the titles, while Governesses, Bluestockings, Brides, and Noble Ladies are also getting in on the title game. Interestingly, this week arranged marriages and marriages of convenience seem to be losing out, instead scandalous relationships across social divides seem to be doing better.
Outside of the ballrooms, Highlander and Scottish Romances are doing very well, the chart is bright with generic Tartan, while Cowboys have been pushed to a lower place in the rankings, with limited numbers of books in the charts. In the case of the Highlanders, Diana Gabaldon’s, Outlander is still doing very well, but less televised series and single novels are also getting plenty of attention. Author Madison Faye has numerous books in the charts, managing to also sneak a lonely Viking Romance novel on.
The Second World War is clearly on the minds of readers this week. In particular the lives of Jewish people in Europe at the time, the ways they survived and the many ways they didn’t featuring in many of the books in the Historical Romance Chart. There are also several books featuring the Resistance movements of several European countries. There are limited American characters in the books this week, primarily, because so many of the books are dealing with life under occupation, rather than battlefields. Women are in the forefront of these novels and romance seems to be pushed somewhat to the side in favour of getting things done. Some of these books feature it as a vital part of the plot, while others have it merely as a brief sub-plot.
In short, a lot of strong trends in the Historical Romance Charts this week. Those that deal with more politically heavyweight topics tend to be set during World War Two, while those that are happy not to go that far tend to stick to the 1800s, the Regency Era and the Cowboy Era both getting a lot of attention. Kilts are still kicking butt on the covers and inside them, but the aristocracy has them beat this week.