Revolutionary Reads for July 4!

Getting ready for the holiday weekend? Sure, there are barbecues to cook for and sunscreen to buy. But let's be honest, we're mostly prepping our reading list. Here are four classic reads that will help you get into the Revolutionary state of mind. So sit back, relax and return to a time when tea was taxed, the West hadn’t yet been won and war was brewing just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer. Then you can get back to making your epic fruit salad. 

The Raider by Jude Deveraux

Published: April 1991

The Story: The beautiful Jessica Taggart hates the town drunk, Alexander Montgomery, but she roots for the masked patriot who undoes the work of the British right under their very noses — what will she do when she discovers that these two men are one and the same?

Why You Want It: From the masked hero to the ice queen heroine and even the intriguing secondary romance, this story is one of Deveraux’s best. A not-to-be-missed Colonial-set read!

Buy It: Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, GooglePlay, iTunes, All Romance

The Rebel And The Rose by Joan Wolf

Published: July 1986

The Story: When the English Lady Barbara Maxwell is sent to America to marry Alan Maxwell, it is not love at first sight — they disagree about almost everything. But will the strain of the war, with Alan away fighting, be enough to take this truce of a marriage from uneasy to happily ever after?

Why You Want It: As much a family saga as it is a romance novel, Wolf takes on many often-untouched aspects of life in Revolutionary America. This is classic historical romance that may just send you on a whirl of re-reading some of your favorite 1980s-era romances.

Buy It: Amazon, BN.com

The Ring by Sylvia Haliday

Published: March 1997

The Story: English Miss Prudence Allbright is trying to make her way to the Colonies in order to find the young man she loves, Jamie. But in order to make the sea passage unaccosted by the lascivious ship captain, she is forced to wed the vessel’s surgeon, Dr. Ross Manning. As their relationship blooms, will Prudence let herself be happy with a man who is not Jamie?

Why You Want It: This RT Top Pick! had Senior Reviewer Kathe raving that it's “marvelous” and “reminiscent of the classic The Flame and the Flower” by Katherine E. Woodiwiss. 

Buy It: Amazon, GooglePlay

You Belong to My Heart by Nan Ryan

Published: 1995

The Story: Told in two parts, reading as these childhood sweethearts are torn apart by the Civil War is heartwrenching. From different worlds, Mary Ellen and Clay are reunited as adults — as Captain Clay Knight seizes Mary Ellen's mansion as Union headquarters. Epic drama ensues.

Why You Want It: A classic saga, this old school romance's hero, Clay, is one you do not want to miss. 

Buy It: Amazon, BN.com, Kobo, GooglePlay, iTunes, All Romance

What book do you read to get in the spirit of the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out RT’s Everything Romance Page for more recommendations all year long!