10 Books like Bridgerton | TheReviewGeek Recommends

Bridgerton is an American historical fiction-romance television series created by Chris Van Dusen for Netflix, based on the book series by Julia Quinn. Set in the competitive world of Regency-era London’s ton during the early 1800s, the show follows the lives of the eight close-knit siblings of the noble and powerful Bridgerton family as they navigate high society in search of love. 

With us excitedly waiting for Bridgerton season 3, which is just around the corner, you might want to warm up with some books that give you that same regency romance feeling. Here are 10 books like Bridgerton that satisfy those same fascinations. 

Almost a Scandal

Almost a Scandal by Elizabeth Essex 

In Almost a Scandal, Sally Kent disguises herself as her younger brother to serve as a midshipman in the British Royal Navy. Dedicated and passionate about seafaring, she aims to make a name for herself and prove her competence. Lieutenant David Colyear recognizes her as a Kent family friend and her true identity, but he keeps her secret.  

As they work together, Sally and David navigate the dangers of the open sea and the challenges of their growing attraction while facing conflicts that threaten their relationship. 

A Suggestion of Scandal by Catherine Kullmann 

Sir Julian Loring returns home and becomes intrigued by Rosa Fancourt, his half-sister’s governess. As they grow closer, Rosa mysteriously disappears, leaving Julian questioning her innocence. Concerned for his sister Chloe, Rosa accepts an invitation to Castle Swanmere, where Julian’s widowed grandmother, Meg Overton, also resides. 

 However, Rosa’s past resurfaces, and Meg publicly discredits her. Julian must decide where his loyalties lie in the face of these challenges. 

No Ordinary Duchess by Elizabeth Hoyt 

Julian Greycourt is best known as the Duke of Ice for his icy demeanour. Lady Elspeth de Moray, the youngest sister of the Duke of Ayr, seeks to end the conflict between her brother and Windermere. In an attempt to forge peace, Elspeth offers herself as Windermere’s bride. 

No Ordinary Duchess explores the complexities of their relationship, their personal struggles, and the potential for love amidst political machinations. 

Adam Loveday by Kate Tremayne 

Adam Loveday, the first volume of the Loveday series by Kate Tremayne, is a tale of inheritance, rivalry, and love set in 18th-century rural England. Adam, denied his family inheritance of the estate and boatyard, faces his twin St. John’s ruthless ambition and local innkeeper Meriel Sawle’s love.  

The novel unravels the family dynamics and the twists and turns that the young protagonists must navigate. 

Bella Poldark by Winston Graham 

Bella Poldark is the twelfth and final book in the highly acclaimed Poldark Saga by Winston Graham. Set in the early 19th century in Cornwall, England, the novel focuses on the trials and tribulations of Bella, the youngest daughter of Ross and Demelza Poldark.  

Bella’s dreams of becoming a famous opera diva led her to the vibrant world of theatre in London and Europe. Intertwined with the family’s long-standing feud with the landowner Sir George Warleggan, this concluding novel explores Bella’s personal journey and her various encounters. 

The Last Remains by Elly Griffiths 

The Last Remains delves into the intertwined worlds of archaeology and crime as Dr. Ruth Galloway and DCI Nelson navigate a complex investigation. When the bones of a missing archaeology student, Emily Pickering, are discovered, suspicions arise within their circle of acquaintances, including Ruth’s own friend Cathbad.  

As Nelson and his team unravel the connections between the suspects and the café where the remains were found, they must also race against time to locate Cathbad and clear his name. 

The Dressmaker’s Secret by Lorna Cook 

The Dressmaker’s Secret is set in Paris during World War II. Adele, an orphan raised by nuns, becomes Coco Chanel’s private secretary just before the war threatens their lives. As Coco befriends high-ranking German officers, Adele is torn between guilt and her growing desire to fight for justice. 

 The narrative also follows Chloe, Adele’s granddaughter, who embarks on a journey to uncover her grandmother’s past. Through dual timelines, the book explores the complexities of love, loyalty, and wartime secrets. 

The Paris Network by Siobhan Curham 

The Paris Network takes readers on a journey across time and continents. Set in Paris during World War II, Laurence, a courageous bookstore owner, becomes entangled in the resistance movement and risks her life to save others. Years later, Jeanne uncovers Laurence’s secret when she inherits her bookstore.  

Determined to unravel the mystery, Jeanne embarks on a quest for answers that reveals Laurence’s remarkable bravery and resilience. Inspired by real events, this emotional novel explores the enduring power of love and the indomitable spirit of individuals in the face of darkness. 

The Stone Rose by Carol McGrath 

The Stone Rose is the third book of the She-Wolves trilogy, written by Carol McGrath, and it offers a gripping exploration of the turbulent lives of three queens of England.  

The novel tells the true story of Agnes, daughter of a stonemason, who receives a mysterious message from the disgraced Queen Isabella, asking for help uncovering the truth of conflicts in her marriage to King Edward II. 

Dawnlands by Philippa Gregory 

Set in 1685 during the brink of civil war in England, Dawnlands follows family that finds themselves torn apart by their allegiances. Ned Ferryman seeks to convince his sister, Alinor, to join the rebel army, but she is swayed by the manipulative Livia to save the queen instead. 

 As the story unfolds, Alinor’s son Rob and his nephew become entangled in a plot to create an imposter Prince of Wales. 

There we have it! These were our top picks for romantic books like Bridgerton. Do you agree with our list? Do you have any books to add? Let us know in the comments! 

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