On this day in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. While whether or not he actually “discovered” America is debateable, it’s still fun to use the holiday as an excuse to talk about romance books! So, in honor of Columbus Day, I trudged through Goodreads and Google and found a few historical romances set in the same era that Chris stepped foot on America the beautiful.
In Janet Lane’s Tabor’s Trinket, a 12-year-old gypsy named Sharai saves nobleman Richard Ellingham’s life. Five years later, Richard returns to the gypsy camp as a Baron only to once again meet Sharai and this time he takes her with him to his home in Coin Forest. Tabor’s Trinket is the first book in the Coin Forest series and is set in 15th century England.
Earthchild by Allie Bates is another 15th century historical romance, involving magic, a valiant warrior and a virtuous maid. Will the couple be able to conquer evil and come out victorious?
Set in 1498 in Scotland, The MacLean Groom by Kathleen Harrington stars Lady Joanna MacDonald and Rory MacLean, a rakish laird — and her family’s enemy — whom the king has ordered her to marry. Will family history get in the way of this couple’s true love?
This list is merely a drop in the vast ocean that is the historical romance genre. So what are you waiting for? Get out your compass and set sail to a land of happily ever afters!*
ROAMING QUESTION: Know of any interesting 15th-century (or any other historical) books? Feel free to share ’em below!
*Couldn’t pass up an opportunity to dish out a pun or two!