Have you ever wondered what people read in the Colonial era besides newspapers, pamphlets, the Holy Bible, and their church prayer books? Some people were avid readers, so much so they would surpass the most passionate readers of our times in the number of books read in a year.
Here is a list of popular novels of the 18th century. You may recognize some of the authors and titles. Of course you can still acquire copies of these novels in e-book and paperback. If you'd like to listen to them in audio format for free, go to http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Historical_Fiction
The Pilgrim's Progress, by John Bunyan, 1678
Robinson Crusoe, by Daniel DeFoe, 1719
Memoirs of a Cavalier, by Daniel DeFoe, 1720
Moll Flanders, by Daniel Defoe, 1722
Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, 1726
Pamela, or A Virtue Rewarded, by Samuel Richardson, 1740
The History of Tom Jones, by Henry Fielding, 1749
The Castle of Ortranto, by Horace Walpole, 1764
The Vicar of Wakefield, by Oliver Goldsmith, 1766
Evelina, by Fanny Burney, 1778
Camilla, by Fanny Burney, 1796
Rita Gerlach lives with her husband and two sons in a historical town nestled along the Catoctin Mountains, amid Civil War battlefields and Revolutionary War outposts in central Maryland.
She is the author of seven novels set in the Colonial Era, among them her popular historical drama series, 'The Daughters of the Potomac', and five-star romance 'The Rebel's Pledge'.