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  • Anything (except The Virgin Blue) by Tracy Chevalier. My favorite is Remarkable Creatures, a fictional account of two amateur female paleontologists in 1800s England.

  • I read both America’s First Daughter and My Dear Hamilton. Both were very good. I also read The Alice Network which was exceptional. If you have not read The Orphan Train, and Before We Were Yours, please do 🙂

  • Anne Girard writes really good historical fiction, but they’re each in a different time period. Melanie Benjamin’s are good too.

  • I also need to add My Name is Resolute (this book was FANTASTIC) and Freeman, I also should add The Last Suppers (again wonderful) The Summer I Met Jack (a Kennedy love story) Mudbound (5 stars) I’ll stop now!

  • As Bright as Heaven. About the flu epidemic in Philadelphia during WWI.

  • Anything by Michelle Moran is amazing! Madame Tussaud is my fav.

  • Jamie Ford’s novels are all fantastic: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Songs of the Willow Frost, and Love and Other Consolation Prizes each stand alone so they can be read in any order.

  • All But My Life..
    Once we Were Brothers..
    Karolinas Twins..
    Memory of Violets…
    The Orchardist…
    The Dressmaker…

  • The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. It’s like wickedly funny jane Austen set at sea.

    • This this this this! You beat me to it! My favorite book series ever!!!!

  • All of DeeAnne Gist’s Books. A Bride Most Begrudging was a hoot!

  • Kane Chronicles!!! i love love it!! not really historical but it’s egyptian mythological fiction books, really goooodd✨

  • Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, The Lilac Girls, Pam Jenoff’s The Orphan’s Tale, Jenna Blum Those Who Save Us, The Paris Architect….

  • Unbroken, The One Man, Lilac Girls, The Nightengale, The Girl From the Train, Winter Garden, so many good ones.

    • Not all are completely fiction, some based on real people, all good.

  • We were the lucky ones, The Paris architect, manhattan beach, the Alienist, Circling the sun, Everyone brave is forgiven, The miniaturist…oh so many!

  • The Lilac Girls, The Book Thief, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, The Alienist.

  • Katherine by Anya Seton if you want to read about 14th century England

  • Orphan Train, The Boys in the Boat, Unbroken, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  • Shogun by James Clavell…Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh…Conrad Richter’s trilogy about the Ohio Frontier: The Awakening Land. The books in it are: The Trees, The Field, The Town …Fortunes of War by Olivia Manning…The Quiet American by Graham Greene…I, Claudius by Robert Graves …Zorro by Isabel Allende…Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman…Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset …The Last Aloha by Gaellen D Quinn…Sacajawea by Anna L Waldo…True Women: A Novel of Texas by Janice Woods Windle…Doc by Mary Doria Russell…The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama …

  • Kent Family Chronicles by John Jakes. It is old but my all time favorite series. It is one that you are sad when you finish the last book.

  • Aztec by Jennings
    Caribbean by Michener
    Sho-Gun by Clavell
    Like humor? See Christopher Moore Sacre Bleu or Fool
    Sharon Kay Penman
    Edward Rutherfurd😍

  • The Girl From Old Nichol from Betty Annand. Amazing start to a 3 book series plus she was 90 when she published the first one…and she is my Nana so if you love it too I can connect you with her!

  • Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet.
    It accurately represents the 12th century and how the building of cathedrals was back then.
    It’s huge but the story is very engaging.

  • Jeff Shaara historical fiction novels on the Civil War/Revolutiony War. ❤️ his writing.

  • THE WIDOWS OF MALABAR HILL by Sujata Massey. The setting of this mystery novel is India during the early 1920s. ‘Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer [Oxford University graduate], is investigating a suspicious will on behalf of three Muslim widows living in full purdah when the case takes a turn toward the murderous.’

  • You fantastic ladies & gents have given me my reading list for the next 12 months. So excited to get started!!! 📚

  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. All the Light We Cannot See. Memoirs of a Geisha.

  • Indu Sundaresan…. one of the best historical fiction books I have read.

    • I once attended a book reading Indu Sundaresan gave in a local bookstore for one of her novels. That was roughly 25 years ago.

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