Lori Baker, The Glass Ocean (2013), about a glassmaker and the daughter of a seaman who meet aboard ship on her naturalist father's expedition to the New World.Mary Balogh, First Comes Marriage (2009), Regency romance about a young viscount who has promised to find a wife by Christmas and three very different sisters; #1 in the Huxtable series.
In both the British Isles and the European Continent, the Industrial Revolution brought impressive advances in technology, made fortunes for many, and trapped others in lives of oppressive drudgery.
The 1845 Irish Potato Famine (not limited to Ireland) caused enormous suffering and a surge in emigration.
Review at The Daily Mail Lyn Andrews, Maggie May (2009), about a young woman who grew up in the slums of Liverpool burdened with the name her father gave her, that of a notorious prostitute.
Evelyn Anthony, Victoria and Albert (1958; also titled Victoria), about the young Queen Victoria and her marriage to Prince Albert.
Julian Barnes, Arthur and George, nineteenth century author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle uses his insights as a writer of detective stories to help a man wrongly convicted of a crime.