Early 20th Century Romance Book List (in pictures)

Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction/Contemporary mix, General Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

Consider this a work-in-progress, because I’m sure I won’t catch everything in one attempt. I was talking to my mama the other day and she mentioned she was truly enjoying reading books set during the early 1900’s and WWI era, so I decided that I would try to make her a list of recommendations in my genres. I have to agree, I’ve been reading quite a few books set in the 1890s-1925 and I’m enjoying myself as well. Here are a few that I’ve read and even more that I’d like to read.

Please comment with your suggestions!

I’m including the following time periods:

1878-1905 Gilded Age

1901-1919 Edwardian Era

1914-1918 US WWI

I’ll save the 1880-1900 US Turn of Century,
1929-1939 US Great Depression,
and 1939-1945 US WWII post(s) for another day…

 *What’s the difference between my 1880-1900 and 1878-1905 time frames you ask? Well it seems to be that the Gilded Age is the “fancy” times while the US Turn of the Century also includes Westerns, Prairie Romances, and the like… Now, back to the lists! Book lists by cover image! If you’d like more details on any book just ask, or click through my goodreads book shelves linked above. If you decide to add any of these to your shelves due to my influence, please consider using my affiliate links.



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1878-1905 Gilded Age

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 Mist of Midnight was an awesome read. I’m truly loving all of Jen Turano‘s books as well. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter series from Colleen Coble has been neat so far as I’ve read. Honestly for all of these above, everything I’ve read I’ve enjoyed and the others I look forward to. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell was incredibly well researched and written. Lucy Banning, Charlotte Farrow, and Sarah Cummings are fabulous characters from Olivia Newport. Dawn Crandall is an amazing new author and lastly Love Finds You in Mackinac Island was a fantastic light read.

1901-1919 Edwardian Era

Screenshot from 2015-07-23 21:54:14Screenshot from 2015-07-23 22:02:15Surprisingly,  I haven’t read as many in this section as I would have thought. But they definitely appeal and I keep adding them to my TBR list. This is where we find our Titanic stories, pre-World War, feminist-movement women, and European Tours for the wealthy. You’d find the Downton Abbey-esques stories here as well.

1914-1918 US WWI

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Oh give me more espionage please! While I discovered that I do have quite a few World War II stories in my shelves (both physical and digital) I think I prefer the World War I or the Great War stories as people seem to have more hope and are not quite as caught up in the disastrous thoughts of war, depression, war. The Crimson Cipher is an incredible book. Anne Mateer writes an eventful tale. So many others have entertained me on the edge of was or with war in the background and others I look forward to reading, especially in the team of Charles Todd.

What would you add to these lists?

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The Creative Madness Mama also known as Margaret is a Christian Stay-at-home Mama, married to the Enginerd, Quilter, avid reader and book-a-holic. A book blogger for bunches of different publicists. She loves to share the latest and greatest about books coming out as well as her quilt and other crafty projects with some pictures of her Kindergartener AppleBlossom, newborn Almond Blossom (the boy!) and toddler OrangeBlossom in between. Plotting to be a homeschooler, she's a cloth diapering, breastfeeding, babywearing, list making mama full of a little creative and a lot of madness.
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    Piper G Huguley My July release, A Virtuous Ruby and my September release, A Most Precious Pearl, take place in 1915 and 1919 respectively.

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    Rita Gerlach An awesome list, Margaret. Thanks for sharing. I’ll be releasing ‘After the Rain’ set in 1908-09. Later this summer.

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  • Kym Thorpe

    Great list! I’ve read quite a few of these titles, but there are a lot that I haven’t, so I took note for next time I’m on the hunt for reading material. I noticed you have Deanna Raybourn’s “Far In the Wilds” on your list. If you’re ready to move into the 1920s, don’t miss the full-length novel that follows “Far In the Wilds” – “A Spear of Summer Grass”. Then “City of Jasmine” and “Night of A Thousand Stars” also take place in the 1920s and provide a good dose of the espionage you’re looking for!

    • Yes, I have those on my 1920s list. I was a little put off when I first tried “A Spear of Summer Grass”, but I enjoy Deanna so much that I’m going to give it another go. I’m delighted to jump into “A Curious Beginning” too, but that’s 1887.

      Thank you for the recommendations Kym! I think I just might have a Deanna Raybourn binge this weekend. 😉

      • Kym Thorpe

        The female lead character in “A Spear of Summer Grass” isn’t very likable! But it was a fun read anyway. And I too am just itching for “A Curious Beginning” to arrive. I always pre-order Raybourn’s books. 😉

        • Good to know! Now I really have to give it another go. ‘A Curious Beginning’ is fabulous! I’m nearly finished (if only my kids would let me sit and read!!) Definitely 4-5 stars in my opinion so far and it’s a festive, from here to there, adventurous 1887.

  • Gena Mayo

    What a fascinating list! I never knew all that. 🙂

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