Historical Fiction

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The Girl They Left Behind

In this story based on the real-life experiences of Roxanne Veletzo’s grandmother, a young girl is left by her Jewish mother on the stoop of a house in Bucharest, believing that this will be the only way to save the child  from the Nazi invasion.  She’s taken in by a kindly concierge, who brin ...

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House of Gold

House of Gold is a sweeping family saga that takes place during the Great War. It's lush and atmospheric, filled with tons of small details that really bring the historical setting to life. In short, it turned out to be everything I love about historical fiction, and it's a book I'm beyond pleased t ...

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A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of The Vanderbilts

Therese Anne Fowler follows her bestselling novel Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald with A Well Behaved Woman, an encapsulation of the life of gilded age boundary breaker Alva Vanderbilt, exploring life in the early twentieth century and the way that climbing society’s social rungs can damage a perso ...

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Marilla of Green Gables

In her latest novel, author Sarah McCoy has reimagined the life of one of literature's most iconic characters, Marilla Cuthbert, sweeping readers back to Green Gables long before Anne Shirley made her home there. Marilla is only thirteen years old when her life is irreparably changed. Her beloved ...

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The Nightingale

The Nightingale is a book I’ll hold on to because I enjoyed quite a lot of it. On the other hand, I don’t plan on rereading it very often, because a certain major aspect of the story was fingernails-on-a-chalkboard grating. Too bad I couldn’t have the one without the other. The novel starts ...

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The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter

I've been addicted to dual timeline novels lately, so Hazel Gaynor's latest offering, The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter, seemed like just the book I needed in my life. I’m happy to say it exceeded all my expectations, cementing Ms. Gaynor's place on my list of auto-buy authors. England, 1838. Tw ...

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News of Our Loved Ones

News of Our Loved Ones tells the complicated story of the Delasalle family, four generations of hard-working people who hail from a Nazi-occupied village in Normandy. Since I absolutely adore novels that center around the Second World War, I was really excited to dive into this one. Unfortunately th ...

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The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel: A Story of Sleepy Hollow

Just in time for Halloween, Alyssa Palombo presents The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel, a retelling of the legend of Katrina Van Tassel, lover of Ichabod Crane, and victim of the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow, New York. This telling takes on the cast of a romantic tragedy.  When itinerant ...

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Sarah Bird misses the mark by a wide mile as she relates the real-life tale of Miss Cathay Williams (the author persists in misspelling her name as ‘Cathy’ throughout), a prominent figure in the Civil War who was a Buffalo Soldier, living her life posing as a man so she could find her scattered ...

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Sold on a Monday

Kristina McMorris brings us the fictionalized story behind a real-life picture of the Great Depression in her latest novel. Hard working wannabe photojournalist Ellis Reed, is on his way back from an auxiliary luncheon when his engine overheats in the downtrodden farm community of Laurel Township ...