The 1800's may be my most favorite era of Historical Fiction but something about the 1700's also attracts my eye. I think because life during that time is still quite a mystery. We know the major historical points but life during that time is intriguing and fascinating. Partially due to because it's so long ago that we can only read about it on paper.
Anyways, let's get onto this post! Here are my top 5 books set during the 1700's:
1. Mistress Of The Revolution By Catherine Delores
Set in opulent, decadent, turbulent revolutionary France, Mistress of the Revolution is the story of Gabrielle de Montserrat. An impoverished noblewoman blessed with fiery red hair and a mischievous demeanor, Gabrielle is only fifteen when she meets her true love, a commoner named Pierre-André Coffinhal. But her brother forbids their union, choosing for her instead of an aging, wealthy baron.
I read this book a few years back and I absolutely fell in love with it. Warning- it's a very hard book to read, mentally. It's a story filled with heartache, betrayal, romance, and intrigue. It follows Gabrielle's whole life which was let's just say, a rollercoaster. This book is a reminder that we are not perfect, and that in times of need and desperation we will do what we can to survive. It's also set during the French Revolution which I learned a lot about that specific time.
2. Outlander By Diana Gabaldon
The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “Outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord...1743. Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
You know I could NOT leave this book out! If you haven't heard already, Outlander is my favorite book series and already becoming my favorite show as of recent. I devoured the first book within a couple days. What I really love about this series is yes there is Romance but there is so much more. There is action, war, betrayal, heartache, beautiful Scotland, and so much more. And not to mention, a man named James Fraiser (you will understand soon enough)! I definitely recommend that you check out the series!
3. America's First Daughter By Stephanie Dary & Laura Kamoie
In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson’s eldest daughter, Martha “Patsy” Jefferson Randolph—a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.
I learned so much about Thomas Jefferson and the life of his daughter Martha. We all know the story of Thomas Jefferson but we never really learned about his children. What were they like, who were they? I also learned a lot about Thomas Jefferson and his struggles to make America free. If you love learning about the Revolutionary War, you will love this book!
3. Annette Vallon By James Tipton
Set amid the terror and excitement of the French Revolution, James Tipton's evocative novel is the story of a woman who has for too long been relegated to the shadows of history: Annette Vallon, William Wordsworth's mistress and muse.
Another book set during the French Revolution. This book had the sweetest romance between Vallon and Wordsworth that I will never forget. Also, Vallon is quite independent and I loved her vibrancy and her will to stand up for what she believed. In this novel, I also learned a lot about the French Revolution. I am not a big fan of too much politics in a book, but this book handled it well.
4. Mask of Duplicity By Julia Brannan
Following the death of their father, Beth's brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meager inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her?
This is another book set during the Jacobite Rebellion during the mid-1700's. I was blown away by this book. If you love Outlander you will also love this book. Like Outlander, there is more than just romance. There is drama, intrigue, suspense, and raw emotion. What I like about this series it goes into Prince Charles Edward Stuart's life more and you get to learn more about him. Flaulissly researched, I recommend that you check this out if you like to read about the Jacobite Rebellion.
I hope you found a good book to read! Have you read any of these books? If so, let me know what you thought of them!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Until next time!