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Can’t wait for Bridgerton season 3? Here’s what to watch instead!


Can’t wait for Bridgerton season 3? Here’s what to watch instead!

Netflix has yet to announce the release date for Bridgerton season 3 and we simply can’t wait.

To wile the hours away while we wait for Netflix to FINALLY launch the season here’s our list of other romantic period dramas you’ll love to devour (plus what to read if you’ve already seen them).


Love forbidden romance? Watch Poldark (2015-2019)


Ross Poldark returns from the American Revolutionary War to find his father dead, his estate in ruins and his lover engaged to another man. Slowly but steadily, he attempts to rebuild his life.

Watch it on: Prime

Seen it already? You’d love reading Her Secret Past With The Viscount by Laura Martin!

Her outrageous secret? Her love for the Viscount!

Meeting dashing Hugh Wilder again at a Society party brings Sylvia’s longing to the fore. When she was left shipwrecked on a remote island, there was one other survivor: Hugh!

Sylvia’s never told a soul that until they were rescued, they lived and loved as a married couple.

Now, Hugh’s engaged to another. And Sylvia’s supposed to be an innocent spinster. But every time they meet, her respectable resolve threatens to crumble!

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Love unconventional female leads? Watch Gentleman Jack (2019-2022)


It’s 1832 in West Yorkshire, England — the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution — where landowner Anne Lister is determined to save her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, even if it means bucking society’s expectations. In addition to reopening the coal mines, a part of Lister’s plan to help her family is to marry well. But the charismatic, single-minded Lister — who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society — has no intention of marrying a man.

Watch it on: Binge

Seen it already? You’d love reading The Helion’s Walz by Olivia Waite!

It’s not a crime to steal a heart… 

Sophie Roseingrave hates nothing more than a swindler. After her family lost their piano shop to a con man in London, they’re trying to start fresh in a new town. Her father is convinced Carrisford is an upright and honest place, but Sophie is not so sure. She has grave suspicions about silk-weaver Madeline Crewe, whose stunning beauty doesn’t hide the fact that she’s up to something.

All Maddie Crewe needs is one big score, one grand heist to properly fund the weavers’ union forever. She has found her mark in Mr. Giles, a greedy draper, and the entire association of weavers and tailors and clothing merchants has agreed to help her. The very last thing she needs is a small but determined piano-teacher and composer sticking her nose in other people’s business. If Sophie won’t be put off, the only thing to do is to seduce her to the cause.

Will Sophie’s scruples force her to confess the plot before Maddie gets her money Or will Maddie lose her nerve along with her heart

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Love the drama and intrigue of society? Watch The Gilded Age (2022-present)


In 1882, young Marian Brook moves from rural Pennsylvania to New York City after the death of her father to live with her aunts Agnes van Rhijn and Ada Brook. Accompanied by Peggy Scott, an aspiring writer seeking a fresh start, Marian inadvertently becomes enmeshed in a social war between one of her aunts, a scion of the old money set, and her stupendously rich neighbors, a ruthless railroad tycoon and his ambitious wife, George and Bertha Russell.

Watch it on: Paramount Plus

Seen it already? You’d love reading A Gilded Age Christmas by Amanda McCabe & Lauri Robinson!

Two festive romances set in the glamorous Gilded Age. Celebrate a Gilded Age Christmas!

In Amanda McCabe’s A Convenient Winter Wedding: marrying Connor O’Neill is about survival for penniless heiress May Van Der Berg. The distant self-made millionaire is far from the passionate husband she’d once dreamed of…except for that scorching kiss!

In Lauri Robinson’s The Railroad Baron’s Mistletoe Bride: after years of estrangement, romance blooms when Kurt invites store clerk Harper and their shared niece to spend Christmas at his mansion. But are they just a family for the holidays? 

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Love female characters who don’t follow the rules? Watch Dickinson (2019-2021)


Set in the 19th century, it explores the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of rebellious young poet, Emily Dickinson.

Watch it on: Apple TV

Seen it already? You’d love reading The Lady Detective by Ava January!

London’s lawbreakers and loathsome lords … beware!

How does a wealthy widow avoid the marriage market in 1890s London?

If you’re Lady Theodosia Fortescue-Brown, you hide behind outrageously bad clothing and glasses you don’t need.

After the disappearance of her husband, Theodosia can’t imagine giving up her freedom to marry again and relishes her role as detective to the ladies of the upper echelons of society.

When a priceless necklace on loan from the Royal family is stolen, Theodosia must work with the scandalous Lord Montague to recover it before the theft is discovered.

But somewhere between setting a brothel on fire, being knocked out in a cemetery in the middle of the night, and narrowly avoiding death via Scotch egg, Theodosia and William fall in love …

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Love an ensemble cast? Watch Sanditon (2019-2023)


Charlotte Heywood moves to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort. Soon, she finds herself navigating the secrets and ambitions of the village’s citizens.

Watch it on: Binge or Stan

Seen it already? You’d love reading Her Worthy Rake by Charlotte Anne!

Sparkling Regency romance full of wit, warmth and mystery from a fabulous new voice. If you like Georgette Heyer or all things Bridgerton, you’ll love this.

Is falling for this rake a mistake?

Owen Tattershall might not have a title or immeasurable wealth like other gentlemen of his ilk, but he does have rather excellent taste in the waistcoat department-and taste counts for a lot amongst the ton. It also doesn’t hurt that his adopted mother is the dowager Marchioness of Faye and his kind-of-cousin is the Duke of Woodhal. Unfortunately, prestige didn’t save his family from the ravages of war, and now what’s left is held together by nothing more than heartbreak, hope and bravado. To keep his memories of the war at bay, Owen immerses himself in his work … until the day Sophy Calder comes colliding into his life.

Sophy has been fending for herself ever since her twin brother was press ganged to fight against Napoleon’s forces. But the war ended almost two years ago, and still he hasn’t returned. Knowing something dreadful has happened, Sophy is determined to find her missing brother, even if it means infiltrating the world that snatched him from her. But when she encounters Owen, she quickly finds her growing attraction for the only man who’s taken her seriously threatening her long-mastered control.

An addictive romp from start to finish, this delightful Regency romance is set in the world of The Unworthy Duke, but is a standalone read.

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Love the history of the British royals? Watch Victoria (2016-2019)


Victoria ascends the British throne at the tender age of 18 and later, falls in love with Prince Albert and gets married to him.

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

Seen it already? You’d love reading Queen Charlotte by Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes!

Go beyond the original Shondaland series on Netflix, Queen Charlotte, with this lushly romantic Bridgerton prequel novel written by New York Times bestselling authors Julia Quinn and Shonda Rhimes as the marriage of Queen Charlotte and King George of England leads to an unexpected love story and a union that transforms society.

In 1761, on a sunny day in September, a King and Queen met for the very first time. They were married within hours.

Born a German Princess, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was beautiful, headstrong, and fiercely intelligent… not precisely the attributes the British Court had been seeking in a spouse for the young King George III. But her fire and independence were exactly what she, and her King, needed.

Because George has secrets… secrets with the potential to shake the very foundations of the monarchy.

Thrust into her new role, Charlotte must navigate the intricate politics of the court—with the newly-titled Lady Danbury at her side—all the while guarding her heart, because she is falling in love with the King…even as he pushes her away. Now, Charlotte must learn to rule, and to understand that she has been given the power to remake society, fulfilling her destiny as Queen. But she also has to fight for the love growing between her and George as people first, royals second. As she says to him: “Fight with me! Fight for me!”

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Love tales of unexpected romance? Watch Vanity Fair (2018)


Based on the novel of the same name,”Vanity Fair” follows poverty-stricken Becky Sharp as she attempts to claw her way out of the dregs of society and to scale the heights of English society in the years following the defeat of Napoleon. In her efforts to advance herself, her manipulation, merriment, forbidden romances, fighting, and dancing catapults her into the court of King George IV while breaking hearts and losing fortunes along the way.

Watch it on: Stan

Seen it already? You’d love reading A Duke For The Wallflower’s Revenge by Ava January!

Surrender to this spicy Regency romance.

Miss Eliza Hawkins’ plan:

Step 1: Beg the disreputable, Gabriel, Duke of Vane to help her gain entry to a house party so she can destroy the lecherous aristocrat who ruined her marriage prospects!

Step 2: While en route, do not get side-tracked by all the ways she could enjoy being thoroughly ruined with the devilishly handsome Vane…

Step 3: At the party, work with Vane to execute a fitting revenge…whilst not in any way falling for her commitment-shy accomplice!

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Happy watching!


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