As Geddes MacGregor once said, “No one in Scotland can escape from the past. It is everywhere, haunting like a ghost." Scotland’s past is the subject of the stories on my Best Scottish Historical Romances list, novels set in Scotland or with a Scottish hero or heroine. Most are set in that magical part of Scotland called the Highlands. All have been rated 4 or 5 stars. See the list HERE.
In the course of my research for my new Georgian romance, Echo in the Wind, I discovered much about smuggling in England in the 1780s. (The first scene in the story is set off the coast of Bognor, now Bognor Regis where the hero and heroine meet as smugglers for the first time, neither knowing the other’s true identity.)
By the end of the eighteenth century, smuggling on the south coast of England had escalated to alarming rates. From the prosecutions at the Old Bailey during the 1780s, most of which did not result in a conviction, it appears many communities were more frequently the smugglers’ willing accomplices than their terrorized victims.
On Historical Romance Review, I am frequently asked to name my favorite historical romances. That’s a long list, as you know from my “best lists.” (There are currently over 100 5-Star romances on my "Favorite Keepers" shelf on Goodreads.) But since you asked, I'm giving you my current Top 20 list. It’s no accident that almost all are deeper historicals that include real history. And because I love Scotland as a setting, many are set in that land of lochs and glens. See the list HERE.