Historical Fiction

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The Sisters of Summit Avenue

The Sisters of Summit Avenue is one of those stories filled with intergenerational bile that combines interesting ideas and character moments with impossible coincidences and melodramatic twists. Ruth and June  have been caught up in a rivalry that’s lasted for the majority of their shared lif ...

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The Last Train to London

If you read only one book this fall, make it The Last Train to London. I spent almost the entire time I spent reading it with raised blood pressure, gripping my Kindle tightly in anxious hands as I apprehensively turned each page, worried about the characters I had come to love. I sobbed noisily at ...

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The Chocolate Maker's Wife

Damnation has never been so sweet... Rosamund Tomkins, the illegitimate daughter of a nobleman, spends most of her young life in drudgery at a country inn. To her, the Restoration under Charles II, is but a distant threat as she works under the watchful eye of her brutal, abusive stepfather . . . ...

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Keeping Lucy

T. Greenwood is known for writing poignant novels guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings, and that's exactly how I would describe her latest book, Keeping Lucy. It's a tough read, but so incredibly worth your time if you can stick with it. When Ginny Richardson gave birth to her second child in 1 ...

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American Princess

In American Princess, novelist Stephanie Thornton peels back the layers of Alice Roosevelt, oldest daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt. During her father's presidency, which began in 1901, Alice was the media's darling, dubbed America's Princess by those who paid close attention to every facet ...

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The Orphan's Song

As someone who studied classical voice for years, I'm always thrilled to find novels that center around singing. The Orphan's Song, the first adult novel by author Lauren Kate - who is known for her YA fantasy romances - is a lush and evocative love story in which the role of music is second only to ...

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Meet Me in Monaco

I've been fascinated with the story of actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly since I was a little girl, so I was thrilled to learn that authors Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, both of whom have written dazzling historical novels on their own, were teaming up for Meet Me in Monaco, a story centering aro ...

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Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

Over the past several years, I've developed quite a liking for dual timeline novels, and Home for Erring and Outcast Girls, centered around a home for fallen women in the early 1900s is one of the best I've read. It's a bit complicated, due to the large cast of characters and the constant shifts in ...

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The Chelsea Girls

New York’s infamous Chelsea Hotel has been the scene of a lot of scandals, triumphs, joys and heartbreak over the years.  Hazel Ripley and Maxine Mead are just two of the women who’ve passed through its iconic red brick façade, and they have problems bigger than the ghosts haunting the hotel ...

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The Golden Hour

In The Golden Hour, author Beatriz Williams tells the interconnected stories of two women, decades apart, whose lives are irrevocably changed by their deep and abiding love for the men of the Winthrop family. For Lulu, a journalist desperate to uncover the truth about the apparent death of the man s ...