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Historical fiction is not always the first choice I make when it comes to picking up a new book. I love the genre, but I often find myself too invested in the characters, the setting, and the timing. That said, I think that there are many incredible reads out there that fall in this category and I’d love to recommend a few for you to look into. There are affiliate links to help you grab a copy quickly and support Midlife Boulevard in the process – so thanks!
5 Incredible Historical Fiction Books You Need To Read
Rickloff weaves a beautiful story between mother and daughter as one tries to figure out what the other lived through so many years before. Love, heartbreak, loss, war, frustration and family all tie together here to create two separate tales that eventually bring us the answers we’ve been looking for all along and then some. A beautiful read, Secrets of Nanreath Hall will draw you in with every page you turn.
This book was such a powerful read. The Orphan Train, (not to be confused with a recommendation a few books down!), is a book full of heart and connection. Taking two women who lived through totally different times of heartache, and drawing them together in a way that you will decide you cannot put the book down.
The Nightingale has been on my Kindle for way too long. 2017 is the year I’m going to read it. I’m a big fan of Kristin Hannah’s work, and I’ve heard the most incredible things about this book. Set in France during WWII, Hannah’s crafted two sisters living through the war in search of love, freedom and with hopes of survival. I can’t wait to finally jump into this one. Have you read it yet? Will you join me if you haven’t?
The story of Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, Patsy, America’s First Daughter is a novel filled with scandal and tragedy. Forced to keep her father’s secrets and stand by his side after the death of her mother, Patsy is a teenager who is struggling to find her way. Without her mother to advise her, and finding herself in situations she had never imagined she’d be in – and we are sure to enjoy her journey.
Jenoff’s latest book does not come out until late February. I’ve had the privilege of reading an advance copy and I’m telling you – you’re going to want to pre-order The Orphan’s Tale now. It will be a beautiful winter surprise when it shows up on your Kindle or at your front door. Set during WWII, we meet two young women struggling to survive in their own way. The circus plays a huge role in this book – it’s almost as if it is its own character – and the setting it creates is a magnificent one. One filled with hurt, love, friendships, betrayal, loss, death, and the flying trapeze. I can’t say enough about it. You’ll see.
So – there you have it – five incredible historical fiction novels that you’ll want to add to your bookshelves or your Kindles as soon as possible.
If you’re a fan of this genre please feel free to share your favorite book from it in the comments below. And if you’ve read any of these books I would love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading.