8 Historical Novels with Epic Love Stories to Swoon Over

5. The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

After World War I, Tom, a young American man from Chicago, meets and has an affair with Sarah, an American woman searching for her missing husband. A few months later, they meet again at a psychiatric hospital, when news of an amnesiac soldier reaches both of them. There, they also meet Paul, a journalist who also has an interest in the amnesiac. Their lives become completely intertwined, so that decades later, Tom is still haunted by his past and we the readers are left feeling full of love and loss. Get ready to feel yearning for the romance of this novel long after the last page. Read More.
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6. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

After her family uproots her from their home in Southern England to Milton, in Northern England, Margaret Hale becomes involved in trying to improve the working conditions for the local mill workers. Her efforts bring her up against the mill owner, John Thorton. Despite their opposition, she finds herself attracted to him. This Victorian novel follows a great heroine during a time of industrial unrest and also explores the romantic relationship between two strong characters. Read More.
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7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This classic novel takes place during the nineteenth century and follows the passionate affair between the independent Jane and the brooding Mr. Rochester. Jane begins as a lonely child and takes a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she meets the manor’s owner. They fall in love, but she discovers a secret that threatens to tear them apart. It’s a heart-wrenching novel about a woman way ahead of her time. Read More.
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8. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Even if you haven’t read the books, you might have seen the show, and you likely know that this epic novel follows a woman named Claire who falls through time to eighteenth-century Scotland and becomes intertwined with rebels trying to overthrow the crown for a different, “rightful” king. Diana Gabaldon does an excellent job of depicting life, botany, and the Jacobite rebellion—as well as writing some seriously steamy moments between Claire and her hunk highlander, Jamie. Read More.
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