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Weekly musing: western historical romance

14 June 2018

This week is another favorite genre of mine: western historical romances. These books are set in the American West prior to 1945. Think Frontier USA, the Wild Wild West. (Yes my mind did just start singing the Will Smith song).

Though these books mainly feature cowboys and sheriffs, there are a few that have Native Americans as the main characters. When they are featured the tribes are civilised (never savages) and they showcase the struggle against racial prejudice.

My favorite elements are how western historical romances show how women survive in a very male dominated world while conquering fear and love along the way. Usually either the hero and heroines are seeking an adventure or to conquer the unknown, sometimes it’s both the protagonists seeking these things.

Mail-order brides, abduction, marriages of convenience and revenge are common tropes throughout these types of romances. What are your favourite tropes in western historical romances? I’d love to see a saloon girl heroine; if anyone has any suggestions let me know.

Some of my favourite authors are: Cheryl St John, Diana Palmer and Linda Lael Miller. Who are your favourite western historical romance authors?

My top 10 must-reads:

  • A Lady of the West by Linda Howard (Western Ladies)
  • Frontier Woman by Joan Johnston (Sisters of the Lone Star)
  • Comanche Moon by Catherine Anderson (Comanche)
  • The Husband List by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly (Culhane Family #2)
  • Brave the Wild Wind by Johanna Lindsey (Wyoming)
  • The Bad Man’s Bride by Susan Kay Law (Marrying Miss Bright)
  • Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin (Once Upon a Time in the West)
  • Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold by Ellen O’Connell (Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold)
  • Nobody’s Darling by Teresa Medeiros

What are your must-read western historical romance recommendations?

And here are my favourite covers:

Happy reading!

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  1. 23 June 2018 6:58 am

    Recently I read Tess LeSue’s Bound For Eden. Wonderful read with adventure, wit & humour, drama and of course, love.

    Book 2 is coming out in a couple of months. Looking forward to it.

  2. 15 June 2018 6:01 pm

    Patricia Preston, Connie Brockway, Nicole Jordan

  3. Tonya Cherry permalink
    15 June 2018 2:24 pm

    Definitely Rosanne Bittner and Linda 2 favorite ladies..

  4. Glenda Kinard permalink
    15 June 2018 12:05 am

    Rosanne Bittner and Linda Broday are two of my favorite Western Historical Romance they both put extensive research into being historically accurate in their books. I have learned way more on history from these two authors than I ever did in school

  5. 14 June 2018 10:14 pm

    Historical Western Romance is one of my favorite genres. I can’t pick just one favorite though because I can never pick just one of anything. My two favorites are Rosanne Bittner and Linda Broday. Linda Broday holds a special place in my heart because it was one of her books that brought me back to reading after not reading for decades. Also, it was Miss Broday’s book that let me find that HWR is one of my absolute favorite genres which I never would have guessed. I barely started reading again in November 2016 so I’m looking forward to discovering more and more authors to add to my go to authors list.

  6. Tonya Lucas permalink
    14 June 2018 8:56 pm

    Western romance is one of my favorite genres. I highly recommend Rosanne Bittner and Linda Briday’s Books.
    Both of these authors are phenomenal in their ability to write to To life stories with true history intertwined. And the romance they incorporate is fantastic.
    I suggest Rosanne Bittner’s – Outlaw Hearts Series and Wildest Dreams or any of her books will not disappoint.
    Linda Broday I highly suggest her Men Of Legend series and her Texas Hero’s series… Knight On The Texas Plains everyone should read. It’s based off a true event that happened in her life but set back in the 1800’s.

    • 14 June 2018 10:15 pm

      Tonya I do believe you meant Linda Broday books and I couldn’t agree more!

    • Tonya Lucas permalink
      14 June 2018 10:20 pm

      I Meant LINDA BRODAY, yes I typed her name wrong. But with her books I promise you can’t go wrong. Truly love this lady’s ability to write great western romance.

    • Tonya Cherry permalink
      15 June 2018 2:26 pm

      Yes!! Tonya, such good Authors.

  7. arrareviews permalink
    14 June 2018 8:44 pm

    Leigh Greenwood wrote some great Westerns. He did two series that were kind of related. One was called The Cowboys and then there was Seven Brides. One of the Brides books Lily has a saloon owner and Lily turns up, and if I remember correctly she worked there for a time so he could keep an eye on her.

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