As I have recommendations for books to read, I will add them to this section.
Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.
Her books are the platinum standard. If you want to read great historical fiction, pick up her books. The first one is the best. Plus, Jamie Frazier is one of the most wonderful romantic characters you will ever encounter.
Deborah Harkness, All Souls Trilogy - A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, Book of Life
A fascinating series, it involves a young historian named Diana Bishop - yes, of that Bishop family. She has suppressed her witch powers for her entire life until she meets the handsome Matthew Clairmont, a scientist - and vampire.
No Twilight fare here, folks. The book is heavy on science, alchemy, and supernatural creatures. I confess that I skipped a bit when the character rambled on about alchemy and allegorical manuscripts. Still, the story was interesting enough to follow the entire trilogy to its end.
Arthur Herman, How the Scots Invented the Modern World.
If you have a drop of Scottish blood, how can you resist that title??
Susanna Kearsley, The Winter Sea.
It is a fascinating read. Carrie McClelland is a writer working on a book based during the first Rising, the '08. Surprisingly, the characters begin speaking to her in a way she has never experienced.
The book jumps between 1708 and "present day." I do not want to say too much and give away the plot. It is really interesting. The way she structured dialogue was a bit annoying at times, but you quickly become so involved in the story that you do not notice.