10 clean, historical romance novels in time for Valentine's Day
These clean historical romance novels range from the Regency (think Jane Austen) to the Edwardian (think “Downton Abbey”) eras and cover both sides of the Atlantic. They each include headstrong women, many of whom felt they needed to take a situation in hand themselves, and blossoming love — sometimes suddenly, sometimes quietly over time — without detailed lovemaking trysts or descriptive sexual innuendo.
And there’s more than just love at stake for these women. Things of the heart can be messy and are never clear-cut to those involved. In these books, there are mysteries to solve, secrets to protect, intentions to decipher, stolen kisses and a ghost or two, all while the women safely navigate social situations, uphold reputations and stay true to who they are.
Each of these books has crossed my desk recently, and they include titles from local authors and national publishers. Each has an entertaining yet sweet love story just in time for Valentine’s Day.