I’ve received some adamant recommendations for Judith McNaught‘s historical romance reads (not just for “best historical” but for some of the BEST love stories altogether - and she also writes contemporary romance). She’s HUGELY popular, and considered one of the best-of-the-best in this genre. For any of us (me included) that wanted to delve into historical love stories, SHE is one of the main authors that everyone seems to direct us to!
Sally: Judith Mcnaught historical romances are definitely the best I’ve read. She writes the perfect heroes. Bump them up on your recommendations list. More people deserve to read these books. After all the books I’ve read hers are still some of my favourites
Julia: I’m a huge lover of historical romance novels and no one does it better than Judith McNaught. You have to check out her titles like “Whitney My Love” and “Something Wonderful.” They are two of her best.
Jan: I do remember loving her books, back in the early 90s I think??? I liked some of her CRs too, at the time. I haven’t read her books in a long time, but it seems she’s still pretty popular. Whitney My Love, Almost Heaven, A Kingdom of Dreams, Something Wonderful. Sweet, virginal but feisty hs, hot, manly, alpha Hs. It’s all coming back to me now…
Melinda: I actually bought every one of her books and they are all completely different. I loved them all. The first one I read wasn’t a HR it was called Every Breath You Take. And the line at the end when they were taking their vowels were ”do you promise to love honor and cherish” and he replied “with every breath I take”. So good. I loved Something Wonderful too…
bev: Maryse! Judith McNaught’s back list is going digital. All those yummy historical romances. You have to feature.
Jan: bev, good news about Judith McNaught’s backlist finally going digital. Some of the sweetest HRs ever.
bev: Jan, makes me want to do re-reads.
Melinda: Bev I would so do a buddy read on any McNaught book. I haven’t read them for a while but when I read them I would finish one and have another waiting. I bought the whole series of all the books she wrote.
Amy: When I was in my early 20′s her, Judith McNaught and Catherine Coulter were my favorites.
Her entire backlist is available in ebook format! We can jump right in, and highlight with our magic highlight fingers, and carry around her entire library if we want, reading to our heart’s content!
But where to start?
Our fellow readers have some ADAMANT recommendations to get you started!
Shana: I agree with the Judith McNaught book recommendations. Judith McNaught is what started my love for romance books over 20 years ago. I have read Whitney, My Love numerous times and enjoy it every time.
Lauren: Whitney, My Love is freakin INCREDIBLE!!!! Royce is an ancestor of the hero in Whitney, My Love, Clayton Westmoreland. Please read it if you haven’t already…..then there’s spinoff books from that one. … I’m pretty sure I have Whitney, My Love memorized. Once upon a time, before Travis or Christian or Gideon, there was Clayton Westmoreland… my first BFF. …Love Travis but I’m gonna have 2 go with Clayton Westmoreland…
Melinda: if your after another HR book. Try Whitney, My Love by Judith mcnaught same author as A Kingdom of Dreams. Its really super good. But completely different story. You will love it.
Jg: Omg! I read so many of her books when I was in college! Whitney My Love!!
Lauren: Once and Always is another one that is so awesome….it’s about a different couple but set in the same time period & location.
Jenn: My prized book is an autographed copy of Once and Always personally autographed to me by Judith McNaught.
Catherine: My two favorites are ‘Whitney, My Love ’ and ‘Once and Always’
Anne: Just finished A Kingdom of Dreams and loved it!! I am in love with Royce Westmoreland. I love reading HR set in the Middle Ages, so any good recs?
Tessa: A Kingdom of Dreams was so good. I fell in love with that book and went through two paperbacks of it.
Tawania: My favorite book ever …If I had to choose, it would have to be A Kingdom of Dreams by Judith McNaught.
Tessa: I also loved her Something Wonderful. I went through a few copies of that book. I adored the grandfather. It was angsty, but so sweet too. I loved it. Besides, how can I resist a book that says. loosely quoted (I don’t have the book anymore) “Conventionality is a refuge of a stagnant mind.” … Her grandpa said it to her. I just loved it, even as an adult.
…Go and read Something Wonderful. I absolutely loved it.
I have Something Wonderful practically memorized!
Perfect <— This is contemporary romance
Natasha: I read an awesome kidnapping/stockholm syndrome book written in the 80′s (so much drama and angst) called “Perfect” by Judith McNaught – NEVER FORGOT IT! OMG read it three times !!!! Will have to give this a try!
Kristina: One of my all time favorites is Paradise by Judith McNaught. 4.3 rating over 13,000 votes on Goodreads
Elizabeth: You should definitely give Perfect by Judith McNaught a try, Maryse! I found it in a used book store 10 or 15 years ago and thought it was really good! While I don’t remember it being terribly “dark” it was definitely worth the read!
Jeannie: Perfect by Judith McNaught is an oldie but still pretty good! She was one of my favorite go to authors back in the day; I’m dating myself here lol. Storyline is a famous actor/director is accused of murder and goes to prison. He escapes and along the way takes a woman as a hostage. This was one of my favorites in her contemporary series.
Chris: She wrote some remarkable books, and is the author that got me back into reading. her book Perfect, is my reread and is in pretty tattered shape because of it. She was suppose to have another one with different characters but it never came out.
Tessa: Paradise and Something Wonderful were my favorite. I can’t choose between those two.
Paradise <— This is contemporary romance
Tessa: Add Paradise to the high recommendations. That book was angsty beyond angsty. My heart hurt like you would not believe reading it. Then I read it again, and my heart STILL hurt!
Kim L: Fav book (I think I’ve read it like 5 times ) Paradise Judith McNaught.
Renae: Paradise – Judith McNaught (<— one of her submissions for our Ten books that have stayed with me in some way… list)
Double Standards <— This is contemporary romance
Komal: Double standards by Judith mcnaught..a MUST MUST read
Jan: Yeah at the time (back in the day) I liked a couple of McNaught’s CRs as well as the HRs. One called Paradise? And I think, one called Double Standards?
Spandana: Double Standards by Judith McNaught. Beautiful book!
P.S. For more highly recommended books in this genre, check out ➔ Highly Recommended Historical Romance Books