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Anything that is written around the early to mid 1900s is my preference, but I would be willing to branch out.
I am not particular to romances, but I understand that it is a large part of most historical fiction pieces, so if you have a good historical romance, feel free to comment one.
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Cromwell is a prolific writer with several other series as well, but The Sharpe Series is closer in timeline to what you were looking to find.
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Personally, I am not an historical fiction reader, but some things about this one grabbed me. I absolutely love it and recommend it as often as I can.
Much of it is in the form of letters (another thing I'm not a fan of, but love in this instance), and has a feeling a little like The Neverending Story (book, not movie), stories within stories.
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In another vein, are you familiar with Wendell Berry? His Port William novels are amazing - best literature I've ever read. The novels take place in the early- to mid-1900s, and are set in the fictional town of Port William, Kentucky - a tiny agrarian community. The characters are vivid and unique - you'll feel like you know them personally; the books deal with the way technological advancements, the World Wars, and a slowly globalizing worldview change the shape of the country and what it means to be a community; and Berry presents such a beautiful, intimate view of family relationships, friendships, and relationships with the earth. I can't recommend them enough =) There are several longer novels set in Port William, as well as short stories. I'd call them a slow, restful, nourishing read - reading Wendell Berry's books always feels like slowing down and resetting, in the middle of our current fast-paced society. His thoughts on education, community, agriculture, family, etc are beautiful. There is romance in some of his books, though the romance isn't the point. It's not the cheap, steamy sort that gets thrown into a lot of romance novels for shock factor or to attract a bigger audience - rather, he writes about real relationships, real marriages, real courtships, with real people and real emotions and real struggles and triumphs. Berry also writes poetry and essays (which are all also exceptional), if that strikes your fancy too.