A few people (who aren’t so familiar with historical romance) have asked me what the term wallpaper romance is, especially as I seem to use it a bit!
Basically wallpaper historical romance is to the subgenre what Reign is to the 1550s:
And When Calls the Heart’s second, deliberately dumbed down (thanks, Hallmark Channel!) season is to the 1910s:
Basically, it’s a book that tells you it’s a certain era and it’s a certain country, but nobody thinks, speaks or acts like that’s when and where they’re from.
Some people love this sort of book because it’s just like reading fairy tales (but usually with sex). They’re great entertainment.
Whereas other readers (like me) have trouble seeing past all the anachronisms and mistakes with things like language and interactions between the genders.
Wallpaper historical romance: give your book a date, and eliminate a lot of the historical accuracy from that date. Or at least that’s how I use the expression!