Bridgerton is the new hot television series. Based on the Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series of novels, it's a historically inaccurate romp through the Regency period. Beautiful set pieces (and people), costumes, sex, gossip, intrigue, scandals and more. It's a great way to get you through the winter months. But you can't spend your entire time in front of the TV, so here are some other fiction titles that have Bridgerton appeal with their strong women and historical settings.
Wilde in love
Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche. Willa presents the façade of a serene young lady to the world. She wants nothing to do with a man whose private life is splashed over every newspaper. Alaric has never met a woman he wanted for his own...until he meets Willa. He's never lost a battle. But a spirited woman like Willa isn't going to make it easy...
Lady Euphemia "Mia" Marlington was kidnapped at the age of 15 and spent the next 17 years in the harem of a ruthless Middle Eastern monarch. When she finally escapes and returns home to London, it's to a father who wants her properly wed and out of his house. Hiding the truth of her extended absence proves problematic when she meets Adam de Courtney, whose first two wives died under mysterious circumstances. They're drawn to each other by both physical chemistry and their mutual outcast status, but their secrets threaten to drive them apart. The fast-paced plot is elevated by Mia and Adam's wicked repartee, savvy wit, and energetic libidos. - Publisher's Weekly
The autumn bride
Governess Abigail Chantry will do anything to save her sister and two dearest friends from destitution, even if it means breaking into an empty mansion in the hope of finding something to sell. Instead of treasures, though, she finds the owner, Lady Beatrice Davenham, bedridden and neglected. Appalled, Abby rousts Lady Beatrice's predatory servants and--with Lady Beatrice's eager cooperation--the four young ladies become her "nieces," neatly eliminating the threat of disaster for all concerned! It's the perfect situation, until Lady Beatrice's dashing and arrogant nephew, Max, Lord Davenham, returns from the Orient--and discovers an impostor running his household...
Lady Bridget's diary
Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand--but thwarted--plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all. It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing.
Beyond scandal and desire
At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn't satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won't acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke's legitimate son--and woo the heir's betrothed into his own unloving arms. Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren't so irresistible...
Someone to love
Humphrey Westcott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune that will forever alter the lives of everyone in his family--including the daughter no one knew he had... Anna Snow grew up in an orphanage in Bath knowing nothing of the family she came from. Now she discovers that the late Earl of Riverdale was her father and that she has inherited his fortune. She is also overjoyed to learn she has siblings. However, they want nothing to do with her or her attempts to share her new wealth. But the new earl's guardian is interested in Anna... Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby, keeps others at a distance. Yet something prompts him to aid Anna in her transition from orphan to lady.
Third son's a charm
Ewan Mostyn, third son to the Earl of Pembroke, has done his duty as a lesser son, purchased a commission in the army, and gone off to the Peninsular War against Napoleon. Upon his return, Ewan is cajoled into guarding Lady Lorraine Caldwell, the naive, lovely daughter of the Duke of Ridlington, who has convinced herself of an undying love for Ewan's fortune-hunting cousin Francis. A game of seduction that starts out merely as a way for Ewan to foil his detestable cousin quickly turns into something much more enjoyable. - Publisher's Weekly
The cold-hearted rake
Widow, Kathleen is attracted to the fiery handsome rake Devon Ravenel, who has just inherited an earldom. Sexual tension, conflict, beautiful costumes and setting will transport you to another world. This is the first book in the Ravenels series.
Yellow Wife paints a vivid picture of the Antebellum South. Narrator, Pheby, is an enslaved woman, and Johnson is unflinching in her portrayal of the effects of slavery, and the sacrifices she must make to survive in such a world.
Last Garden In England
A fabulous garden ties three women's lives together in this luscious novel. Beginning in Edwardian times, and moving up to present day, the Highbury House estate is the setting for an exploration of the lives and loves of the women hired to build, maintain, and reclaim the gardens over the past 100 years.
The Arctic fury
Virginia Reeves stands trial for the death of socialite Caprice Collins who died during an all-women Arctic exploration to find the cause of Sir John Franklin's disappearance. Set in the mid-1850s, it's an historical tale not afraid to take liberties with accuracy if it gets in the way of storytelling and dazzling writing.
Set during the Trojan War, Haynes focuses on the lives of the women: from Helen of Troy, to Cassandra, Penelope, Calliope and more, women take centre stage in this imaginative re-telling of Homer's Odyssey.
Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh
This Jane Austen tie-in, explores the life of Mr. Darcy's cousin Anne de Bourgh, who overcomes her sickly ways in her twenties, flees to London, and well, that's where the story starts.
Servant to the Mitford family, Louisa Cannon is recruited by British Secret Service to keep tabs on her employer due to their connection to British fascists. While accompanying family members on a cruise, there's a murder, and Cannon must helps solve the crime.