What you you think about alternative time periods for romance novels? Do you like the comfort and familiarity of the Regency and Victorian periods to the exclusion of all other settings? Can American be an appealing backdrop for a historical romance too? If you could read a romance set in any place or time, what would you would wish for?
Several readers expressed a wish to see American historicals, like those set in the Old West, or turn-of-the-century New York, pre Civil War South Carolina (ala TV series North and South?), the roaring 20s (think The Great Gatsby). Other periods mentioned include 19th century India, WWI and WWII (although the latter is still too fresh in some of the nation’s mind, so maybe not such a good idea).
While I love Regency romance and historicals set in England, and sometimes Revolutionary France, I’ve found it quite challenging to find a good American Historical in my part of the world. So when I do get a hold of them, you can bet it makes my day – like Megan McKinney’s Moonlight Becomes Her.
Nope, I’m tired of another Pocahontas-que romance, moving though it may be. I think it would be interesting to hear of WWI from the American perspective. I mean, Waterloo has been done many times over, but I have yet to read a meaningful novel set in that time period. So much was happening on the other side of the ocean!! Another interesting period would be during the 1830s when Texas fought to be independent.
Else you think I’m such a bloodthirsty gal, with thoughts of nothing but war and strife, the Industrial Revolution c. 1700 to 1900 (latter period of the steam locomotive especially) would be another great setting. All those great inventions and life improving machinery – fertile ground for imagination to take flight, don’t you think?
So, what would be your ideal? Any authors or books to recommend?
Kristie suggests Til Dawn Tames the Night and she did a pretty good round-up on westerns (lemme look for the link… later).