Historical Romance 101: Favorite Settings

Welcome to another segment of Historical Romance 101. Today we will be discussing book settings and what we love about them and share some personal favorites. Please join in and visit the other fabulous ladies: Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tales, Amanda @ On A Book Bender, and Quinn @ Quinn’s Book Nook


In this post, we are sharing about our favorite settings in historical romance, now this is going to be fun to share with you all!! What I love about settings is seeing the different locations that a romance can take place and this adds a sense of unique quality to the story. It changes the style of the set up of the story. This is one of the most important elements in a story, and is one of my favorite aspects of a romance. It can be the time, place or environment that the story takes place. Below I am going to list some of my favorite places or environments for a story. Some are popular, some aren’t…..but they are what I enjoy the most. It can be very refreshing to read in different settings. I have found I will get bored easily with one setting, so I always try to mix it up and it keeps my love for historical romance alive and inspiring.

American West 

I have always had a fascination with the wild west, I blame it on all those John Wayne movies I grew up around hehe but honestly, I love this setting in romance. Texas Glory by Lorraine Heath was my first introduction into this setting, and I fell in love instantly and thus began my fascination with westerns, especially in historical romance.

Native American 

I have a certain special connection to this setting. I love this culture, and it makes a great set up for a romance. I love the Native American culture, always have—such a beautiful and rich culture they have. Its quite heartbreaking what happened to them. But what I love most is how deeply provoking these books can be and the love stories I have read so far, have been so tender and sweet. My two favorites would be Savage Skies—a great audiobook and a wonderful story. Then a more recent read, Tennessee Bride by Rosanne Bittner (which is amazing). We see the resilience of these people, but still hold true to their beliefs and connection to the beauties that surround them.


I love romances on the sea!!! Most of the time you see these as pirates but other times you see it on privateer ships or merchant ships. These stories can be so entertaining and full of adventure and passion. They are different than your average romance though. Which I great love about them.


Scotland is a beautiful setting no matter what time you are reading in. I have a great respect for this country and their history. If I had to choose one country to read permanently in, it would be this one. There is something so rich and majestic about the Scots.

Middle East 

This is a very sensual setting, many great romances I have read this setting in, and most of the time you will find those sexy Sheikh romances. I love them!!! They are very different, but are just as fabulous as many of the others. And they have great characters in what I have read so far.


Now there is so much fun to be had with this setting. It is most well known for its medieval and regency periods but there are quite a few others that are just as fun!! There is a great historical context to this setting, and much that an author has to work with. From balls and soiress in London, to country estates in the countryside.

Imperial Russia 

I will admit, I haven’t been able to find many books in this setting but the ones I have found I have loved and adored. I know very little about Russia, or its history unfortunately. So its been a blast to discover the jewels I have over the years. l Love the culture though and it is so completely different yet very passionate and stimulating.

Asia Territories 

I fell in love with this setting when I actually first started romance. But for the life of me I couldn’t remember my first read. Its was more general fiction with some romantic elements. I loved it though. It was so fabulous, and I fell in love with the culture shown. I have always been fascinated with China, Japan and Korea and even Mongolia. It can be such an adventure to take a dip into their lifestyle and culture.


Oh the good ole’ Irish. Love these people and boy have they been put through the ringer in many different ways. They are tough though and strong spirited but just as passionate as many other cultures. Such a beautiful country and people.


Now I love spain and quite frankly, I wish there was more variety to this setting. But I have enjoyed what I have read so far.


Oh I love Australia, and one day I plan on traveling there!! Ever since I first read Gables Against The Sky, I fell in love with this rugged land. Its amazing what this country has gone through. There was so much diversity, and I wanted to do a shout out about this setting. Because it is so unique in many ways, and I have adored every book I have read so far. Eager to read more.


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