Historical Fiction

The madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie book cover

The madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

Jennifer Ashley

FICTION Ashley, Jennifer
Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance

In the aristocratic circles of London, 1881, everyone says Lord Ian McKenzie is crazy--and possibly a murderer--but a young widow longing for passion is determined to bare the truth about the dashing and darkly charming Scotsman.

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A beautiful historical romance featuring a male lead who is on the autism spectrum. Also features a murder mystery element! This book is so wonderful and sensitive. It also kicks off a great series! -Amanda

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Alice Network

Kate Quinn

Historical Fiction

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A suspenseful story alternating between 1915 and 1947 that includes an English spy network of women, a heartbroken American college student searching for her French cousin who went missing in WWII, and a Scotsman with PTSD. Each character is haunted by their war experience and on a personal journey to find truth and hope. Kate Quinn is a great storyteller who expertly develops characters and only shares plot details when she is ready. I listened to the eAudio version and Saskia Maarleveld's narration is excellent. -Kara

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Hello Lighthouse

Sophie Blackall

jE Blackall
Picture Books, Historical Fiction, Nature, Kids

"Explores the life of one lighthouse as it beams its message out to sea through shifting seasons, changeable weather, and the tenure of its final keeper."--

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All in all,"Hello Lighthouse" radiates as much warmth as light and will surely be pored over for its lustrous details and touching story. -Casey

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A tale of two cities

Charles Dickens

FICTION Dickens, Charles
Historical Fiction, Classics

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One of Dickens's shorter novels, but perhaps the most quoted: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...." The French Revolution comes to grim life in these pages, and unfortunately, at times it doesn't seem very different than the societal battles we still fight. I love Charles Dickens's long sentences and humorous use of words and names. This one made me cry too. -Heidi L

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Lauren Groff

FICTION Groff Lauren
Historical Fiction

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To die but once

Jacqueline Winspear

MYSTERY Winspear, Jacqueline
Historical Fiction

While investigating the disappearance of an apprentice craftsman who had been working on a secret government contract, Maisie discovers links to the London underworld.

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The Maisie Dobbs series continues. It's 1940, Britain is at war with German, and Maisie Dobbs is asked to investigate the disappearance of a young man. -Kara

Lonesome Dove : a novel book cover

Lonesome Dove : a novel

Larry McMurtry

FICTION McMurtry, Larry
Historical Fiction

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Blood water paint

Joy McCullough

Young Adult, Poetry, Historical Fiction

In Renaissance Italy, Artemisia Gentileschi endures the subjugation of women that allows her father to take credit for her extraordinary paintings, rape and the ensuing trial, and torture, buoyed by her deceased mother's stories of strong women of the Bible.

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A lovely novel in verse, telling the story of the incredible painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Everybody should know her name. Her story is heartbreaking and difficult, but it's worth sticking with. -Amanda

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Frog music : a novel

Emma Donoghue

FICTION Donoghue Emma
Historical Fiction

"Emma Donoghue's explosive new novel, based on an unsolved murder in 1876 San Francisco. Summer of 1876: San Francisco is in the fierce grip of a record-breaking heatwave and a smallpox epidemic. Through the window of a railroad saloon, a young woman called Jenny Bonnet is shot dead. The survivor, her friend Blanche Beunon, is a French burlesque dancer. Over the next three days, she will risk everything to bring Jenny's murderer to justice--if he doesn't track her down first. The story Blanche struggles to piece together is one of free-love bohemians, desperate paupers and arrogant millionaires; of jealous men, icy women and damaged children. It's the secret life of Jenny herself, a notorious character who breaks the law every morning by getting dressed: a charmer as slippery as the frogs she hunts. In thrilling, cinematic style, FROG MUSIC digs up a long-forgotten, never-solved crime. Full of songs that migrated across the world, Emma Donoghue's lyrical tale of love and bloodshed among lowlifes captures the pulse of a boomtown like no other"--

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Set during a heatwave in 1876 San Francisco, Blanche, a French emigre, burlesque dancer, lady of the night, and new mother must deal with an inconvenient question put forth by what seems now an inconvenient friend. The question, "do you trust the person caring for your child?," sets forth a series of terrible incidents ultimately leading to Blanche's friend's death. Who is the murderer? Donoghue's book is packed with action, free-love (and not so free-love), a vibrant, growing city, and interesting characters. A good book for the summer. -Anne M

LOVE AND RUIN. book cover



FICTION/McLain, Paula
Historical Fiction

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The author of two of my favorite books (The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun) return to the subject of Ernest Hemingway with a biographical fiction title about Heminway's wife, Martha Gellhorn, Gellhorn is considered one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. -Kara