Book Genre: Historical Fiction

Cover art
Jude Deveraux
Nancy
2

The Duchess is the first romance novel I've ever read.  My taste in books runs toward meatier material, so I approached this book expecting not to like it.  I was fairly pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy it at least a bit.  The clever, beautiful girl on the brink of...

Cover art
Robert Jackson Bennett
Ken
3

This was a pretty good horror book. The background of the Great Depression was an interesting setting for the story. A good bit of the action is fairly gory, which might turn people off. The ending is awesome though.

Cover art
Melinda Taub
Carrie
4

Romance, adventure, and political intrigue abound in this delightful riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  The novel picks up where the play ends: street brawls and suicide among Verona's youth have left...

Cover art
Kate Atkinson
Becker
5

On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances. She is...

Cover art
Ben Stroud
Brett
4

In this debut collection of stories, Ben Stroud demonstrates an amazing versatility, creating completely believable characters in a variety of contemporary and historical settings. Stroud takes us from 19th century Berlin to present day East Texas to the ancient city of Byzantium. To give you an...

Cover art
Elmore Leonard
Rebecca
5

If you know anything about Elmore Leonard's style, you've probably been told one of two things: His prose is "spare," and the way he writes dialogue is beyond compare (him and Mark Twain. They can listen to people, and write the way people talk--a deceptively difficult skill to master). Leonard'...

Cover art
Jennifer Chiaverini
BeeGeeJay
2

Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave, was Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Elizabeth bought her freedom before the Civil War started.  I found the idea of the story a fascinating one. Was Mrs. Keckley a real person? Are all those stories about Mrs. Lincoln's mental...

Cover art
Kate Worsley
Becker
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the ways of the house and as her...

Cover art
Joseph A West
Ken
2

The author of this book had a good idea for a western, then decided it needed pirates, Chinese secret societies, and Jack the Ripper. Based on the back of this book it could have been an entertaining western, but then everything changed halfway through the book, which would have been fine had it...

Cover art
M. K Hume
Hope
3

The first of a trilogy, this book looks at the beginnings of the Merlin legends by examining his family and childhood. Myrddion (Merlin) is the product of a disturbingly brutal rape that leaves his mother broken for the rest of her life. The story examines Myrddion’s life as he is raised by his...

Cover art
Victoria Alexander
Ken
1

The wicked little lie about this book is the description on the back. I read the description and thought I would get a romance with some action and spying and intrigue, what I got was one of the most boring books I have ever read, the characters were stupid, the plot seemed half taken from a...

Cover art
Julie Berry
Kristi
4

Judith is shunned in her closed, religious community, even by her mother. She doesn’t talk after she was kidnapped and had her tongue cut out. Where was she for two years and what unspeakable things were done to her? Now she’s tainted. Her best friend disappeared at the same time and was found...

Cover art
Kathleen Kent
L.F.
3

Acclaimed historical fiction author Kathleen Kent sets her newest novel, The Outcasts, in her native state of Texas.  This titillating tale of the west regales the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Kent draws from historical records in her deft portrayal of period characters....

Cover art
Marie Brennan
Hope H
5

Against all admonitions not to it was the cover of Marie Brennan's A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent which first made me judge the book worth reading. Just look at all those tiny numbers pointing to the different parts of the dragon as though they correspond...

Cover art
Helene Wecker
Hope
5

This book was an incredibly interesting take on the immigrant experience in New York, 1899. While many immigrant stories include bits of folklore that people bring with them, this book treats two characters of folktales as immigrants themselves. The story explores two ethnic immigrant...

Cover art
Karen Cushman
Hope H
4

Alchemy and Meggy Swann is set in Elizabethan London, 1573, when many of the superstitions of the Medieval era were just starting to give way to the seeds of Empiricism; when the printing press was revolutionizing the ways people thought, read, and communicated; and when the theater was...

Cover art
Eleanor Kuhns
CarolE
4

An itinerant weaver during colonial times has developed a reputation for solving crimes. In this case, William Rees becomes involved in a murder at a Shaker community which allows readers to see the surface and underside of that particular life style. Throughout there is a contrast between...

Cover art
Georgette Heyer
CarolE
4

Heyer is the queen of Regency romances and she shines at letting her characters entangle themselves in plots that are based on the manners and customs of the day. Here we have three cousins whose relationship to young Eustacie are the supposed focus, but actually swirl around an unsolved murder...

Cover art
Susann Cokal
CarolE
3

The Kingdom of Little Wounds—Horrifying historical fiction in an imaginary kingdom of the late 16th century where syphilis is rampant in the royal family and nobility. Told in alternating voices of two maids and the Queen, the horrifyingly arbitrary nature of madness is doubled by the addition...

Cover art
Mary Pope Osborne
Josh
4

 My son has been raving about these books for the last year and the cover of this one made me pick it up (I judged it by the cover) and I found this book to be a charming title for the young reader who is just getting into chapter books. There is enough action to hold the attention of the...

Cover art
Gennifer Choldenko
Dawn
4

Join Moose and his friends on Alcatraz Island as they try to unravel the mystery of who set fire to Moose's family apartment.  Was it Natalie, Moose's sister?  Was it con man?  Enjoy this fast paced book!

Cover art
H. M. 1970- Castor
Jennifer H
3

Hal is the weak son. Son of the reigning king, and little brother to the next king, Hal is treated as an annoyance and a child of no importance.Time and time again, he tries to make his father proud but fails. Overhearing a forbidden prophecy, he mistakenly believes that he is chosen by God to...

Cover art
Jessica Brockmole
Dawn
5

Elspeth Dunn, a poet from Scotland's remote island of Skye, and David Graham, a college student from Illinois and poetry-fan, start to correspond. In their letters which are written with lyrical language the two develop a relationship which deepens.  David then volunteers to drive...

Cover art
Gail Carriger
extra medium
4

Sophronia is rather unpopular around her home. Instead of being interested in being a proper lady, she's more interested in taking things apart to see how they work, using the dumb waiter to spy on people, and generally anything that doesn't require a curtsy. When her mother sends her to...

Cover art
Lyndsay Faye
Beckyr
5

Great historical novel and mystery rolled up in one. The setting is 1840s New York City, a place with lots of poor immigrants and suffering. Firefighters were volunteers and the police force was just getting established. The main character is one of the first "copper stars" on the new force. He...