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See below for a selection of the latest books from Historical fiction category. Presented with a red border are the Historical fiction books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Historical fiction books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Mayflower Marriage

The Mayflower Marriage

Author: Arminal Dare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The Mayflower Marriage breathes life into the story of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620. This compelling and very human story follows John Alden and Priscilla Mullins as they fall in love during the historic 1620 crossing of The Mayflower from Plymouth to Massachusetts. This love is constantly challenged, but survives batterings and betrayals and through this the couple achieve a stronger and deeper devotion. John and Priscilla meet in England as preparations for the Mayflower's departure are in progress, Priscilla as a passenger and John as a crew member. They gradually discover their mutual attraction as they cope with a voyage fraught with sickness, strife and the ferocious storms. Life in early Plymouth is grim as the settlers suffer famine, disease, and death. John can only watch as Priscilla cares unceasingly for the members of her family, as one after another she loses her father, mother and younger brother. He longs to assist and comfort her but is prevented by Pilgrim morality and rigid social norms. Over time, conditions in the new colony gradually improve, with help from friendly Native Americans and occasional supply ships. Despite resistance from the Pilgrim leadership, John and Priscilla finally marry and raise a family. The sweeping, heroic narrative follows them throughout the remainder of their long and eventful lives, raising a family while navigating the political infighting and squabbling of the early Pilgrim society.

Children of War

Children of War

Author: Ahmet Yorulmaz, Paula Darwish Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

Hassanakis is a young Muslim boy of Turkish descent growing up on Crete during WWI. Fifteen generations of his family have lived on the island and until now he has never had any reason not to think he is a Cretan. But with the Great Powers tussling over the collapsing Ottoman Empire and the island's Christians in rebellion, an outbreak of ethnic violence forces his family to flee to the Cretan City of Chania. He begins to lay down roots and his snappy dress earns him the nickname of Hassan 'the mirror'. As WWI draws to a close and the Turkish War of Independence rages, he begins a heady romance with the elegant Husniye. There are rumours that the Cretan Muslims will be sent to Turkey but Hassanakis can't believe he will be sent to a country whose language he barely knows and where he knows no-one. This powerful novel drawn from the diary of a refugee family evokes the beauty, complexity and trauma of Crete's past and weaves it into a moving tale of an ordinary man living through extraordinary times.

A Lost Child of Cyprus

A Lost Child of Cyprus

Author: Steven Baker Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

As unrest leads to war in 1960s Cyprus, one girl's future is irrevocably changed... Born into a loving family in Famagusta, Yasmin is caught up in the violence that rips her community apart. In the chaos that follows, baby Yasmin is separated from her family, never to see them again. Adopted, she is raised by a stern stepmother who believes in discipline before love, and duty before fun. Escaping strife riven Cyprus in the 70s, Yasmin travels to England where she hopes for a new life. But what will life England bring? And can she reconcile herself to her Cypriot history? And can she find the love she craves? A Lost Child of Cyprus is the story of how the human spirit endures. Just as the island of Cyprus itself has seen conflict and hardship over time, so Yasmin's story mirrors that of her island home in this sweeping tale of hope, loss and love.

A Matter of Interpretation

A Matter of Interpretation

Author: Elizabeth Mac Donald Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2020

The Kingdom of Sicily, early thirteenth century. The Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II has, through invasion and marriage, expanded his empire, but always subject to the will of the pope and the rulings of the Church. Into this world of political and military intrigue steps Michael Scot, a young monk and barbarian from Scotland who tutored Frederick as a boy. Headstrong and determined, Michael Scot persuades the Emperor that translating the lost works of Aristotle would bring him a secret knowledge of science, medicine and astronomy that would advance his cause. Despite the pope declaring such translations heretical, the Emperor agrees that the Scot should proceed, sending him first to the famous translation schools of Toledo and from there to the Moorish library of Cordoba.

The Great Unknown A Novel

The Great Unknown A Novel

Author: Peg Kingman Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2020

In this immersive novel set in 1840s Britain and France, questions of identity probe at the essence of what it means to be human. A wet nurse goes by an assumed name but longs to know the identity of her father. A quarryman furtively extricates a remarkable fossil from an island off the Northumberland coast and smuggles it abroad to Paris. A sensational best-selling book triggers widespread argument and speculation-but its author's name is a secret. Another book, roundly ignored, sets forth the principle that will become the centrepiece of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species. All these threads-some historical, others fictional-converge and illuminate one another in unexpected ways in the climactic revelations of this brilliant story.

Her Mother's Secret

Her Mother's Secret

Author: Natasha Lester Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

PRAISE FOR NATASHA LESTER... 'A fantastically engrossing story. I love it' KELLY RIMMER 'Intrigue, heartbreak... I cannot tell you how much I loved this book' RACHEL BURTON 'A gorgeously rich and romantic novel' KATE FORSYTH Her Mother's Secret is the story of a brave young woman chasing her dream against society's disapproval, perfect for fans of Gill Paul, Kate Furnivall and Penny Vincenzi. ********* 1918, England. Armistice Day should bring peace into Leonora East's life. Rather than making cosmetics secretly in her father's chemist shop, Leo hopes to now display her wares openly. Instead, Spanish flu arrives in the village, claiming her father's life. Determined to start over she boards a ship to New York City, where she meets debonair department store heir Everett Forsyth . . . 1939, New York City. Everett's daughter, Alice, a promising ballerina, receives a mysterious letter inviting her to star in a series of advertisements for a cosmetics line. If she accepts she will be immortalized like dancers such as Zelda Fitzgerald, Josephine Baker and Ginger Rogers. Why, then, are her parents so quick to forbid it? MORE PRAISE FOR NATASHA LESTER... 'If you enjoy historical fiction (and even if you don't) you will love this book' Sally Hepworth 'Stunning . . . Will have you captivated' Liz Byrski 'This romance will have you enchanted' Woman's Day 'Natasha Lester is our generation's Louisa May Alcott' Tess Woods 'What a GEM!' Sara Foster 'Natasha Lester brings bold, brave women to life' Courier Mail 'I love this book' Rachael Johns 'Exquisite!' Vanessa Carnevale 'Engaging' Herald Sun 'An essential addition to Australian fiction' AusRomToday 'Utterly compelling' Good Reading 'Emotion that will touch your heart and soul deeply' Jodi Gibson 'Fascinating, evocative and meticulously researched' Annabel Abbs 'Entertaining and provocative' Perth Festival 'Lester has woven a fine, original story of everlasting quality.' BetterReading 'A captivating tale' Daily Examiner 'A delightful and multi-faceted romp through the jazz era' Natalie Salvo 'Excellent historical fiction' The Book Muse 'You will love this even if you're not a regular reader of historical fiction' Jess Just Reads 'Storytelling at its finest' Great Reads & Tea Leaves

The Ninth Child The new novel from the author of The Sealwoman's Gift

The Ninth Child The new novel from the author of The Sealwoman's Gift

Author: Sally Magnusson Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

A spellbinding novel combining Scottish folklore with hidden history, by the Sunday Times bestselling author Sally Magnusson. Loch Katrine waterworks, 1856. A Highland wilderness fast becoming an industrial wasteland. No place for a lady. Isabel Aird is aghast when her husband is appointed doctor to an extraordinary waterworks being built miles from the city. But Isabel, denied the motherhood role that is expected of her by a succession of miscarriages, finds unexpected consolations in a place where she can feel the presence of her unborn children and begin to work out what her life in Victorian society is for. The hills echo with the gunpowder blasts of hundreds of navvies tunnelling day and night to bring clean water to diseased Glasgow thirty miles away - digging so deep that there are those who worry they are disturbing the land of faery itself. Here, just inside the Highland line, the membrane between the modern world and the ancient unseen places is very thin. With new life quickening within her again, Isabel can only wait. But a darker presence has also emerged from the gunpowder smoke. And he is waiting too. Inspired by the mysterious death of the seventeenth-century minister Robert Kirke and set in a pivotal era two centuries later when engineering innovation flourished but women did not, The Ninth Child blends folklore with historical realism in a spellbinding narrative. *PRAISE FOR THE SEALWOMAN'S GIFT* 'I enjoyed and admired it in equal measure' Sarah Perry 'An extraordinarily immersive read' Guardian 'Richly imagined and energetically told' Sunday Times 'An epic journey in every sense: although it's historical, it's incredibly relevant to our world today' Zoe Ball Book Club

The Second Sleep the Sunday Times #1 bestselling novel

The Second Sleep the Sunday Times #1 bestselling novel

Author: Robert Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

THE LATEST NOVEL FROM ROBERT HARRIS 'A truly surprising future-history thriller. Fabulous, really.' DAVID SEXTON, EVENING STANDARD _____________________________________ All civilisations think they are invulnerable. History warns us none is. 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction. _____________________________________ 'A thoroughly absorbing, page-turning narrative in which the author pulls us ever deeper into the imaginative world he has created.' NICK RENNISON, SUNDAY TIMES '[Harris] takes us on a thrilling ride while serving up serious food for thought . . . I doubt there is a living writer who is better at simultaneously making readers' adrenaline pump while their brains whirr.' CHARLOTTE HEATHCOTE, SUNDAY EXPRESS 'A wholly convincing alternative world in which a few brave heretics are determined to uncover the truth. The result is a brilliantly imaginative thriller.' READER'S DIGEST

The Puritan Princess

The Puritan Princess

Author: Miranda Malins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

It is the year 1657, and following her father's unprecedented ascent to de facto ruler of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Frances Cromwell has moved from her rural childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall. These are uncertain times however, and after an assassination attempt on her whole family, Frances realises that her fortune and future is no longer in her own hands. But when Oliver Cromwell is officially offered the crown, Frances's hand in marriage suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance. Will she become a political pawn or can Frances use her new status to further her own ambitions?

The Secrets We Kept

The Secrets We Kept

Author: Lara Prescott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

_______________ 'A thrilling, seductive and utterly compelling novel. I absolutely loved it!' SARAH WINMAN _______________ TWO FEMALE SPIES. A BANNED MASTERPIECE. A BOOK THAT CHANGED HISTORY. 1956. A celebrated Russian author is writing a book, Doctor Zhivago, which could spark dissent in the Soviet Union. The Soviets, afraid of its subversive power, ban it. But in the rest of the world it's fast becoming a sensation. In Washington DC, the CIA is planning to use the book to tip the Cold War in its favour. Their agents are not the usual spies, however. Two typists - the charming, experienced Sally and the talented novice Irina - are charged with the mission of a lifetime: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago back into Russia by any means necessary. It will not be easy. There are people prepared to die for this book - and agents willing to kill for it. But they cannot fail - as this book has the power to change history. Lara Prescott's dazzling debut novel is a sweeping page turner, and now a global literary sensation. ________________ 'A riveting story of secrets, forbidden passions and the dark arts of espionage. I couldn't put it down!' LISA JEWELL 'Enthralling... This is a rare page-turner with prose that's as wily as its plot.' VOGUE 'A proto-feminist Mad Men transposed to the world of international espionage - mid-century style and intrigue set against real, indelible history.' ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY 'I loved this book. So vivid and engaging. A joy to read a story about spies that has lots of women in active roles.' CATHY RENTZENBRINK 'A fascinating story, so cleverly told, of the long chain of people who helped to bring Pasternak's masterpiece into the world. I gulped it down.' GILL HORNBY 'The insight into the workings of the CIA, the portrait of the 1950s and a threatened love affair in the West ... make for riveting reading.' DAILY MAIL 'Triumphant ... This debut shines as spy story, publication thriller and historical romance with a twist.' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'This captivating novel is so assured that it's hard to believe it's a debut - and very easy to see why there's huge buzz around it.' SUNDAY MIRROR ________________ Early readers can't stop talking about The Secrets We Kept: 'I absolutely devoured it. Totally compelling, it made my heart swoop until the very last page.' 'Thrilling, moving and utterly compelling - one of those rare books that makes you forget the outside world.' 'The Secrets We Kept is a brilliant twist on the traditional Cold War spy thriller. It's told through a cast of intelligent and intriguing women and is full of secrets, glamour and love.' 'I absolutely loved it, adored it even, and I can't stop talking about The Secrets We Kept' 'The Secrets We Kept is like nothing else I've read before. The story is vivid and alluring, and one that will stay with you forever.' 'The Secrets We Kept reads like a high-stakes, Mad Men inspired, spy thriller. Classy and glamorous, yet revealing and complex, it has a cast of spectacular characters and a truly emotional core. This really is something special!'

The Gimmicks A Novel

The Gimmicks A Novel

Author: Chris McCormick Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

The Gimmicks is a gorgeous epic that astounds with its scope and beauty. With empathy and humor, McCormick unravels the ties between brotherhood and betrayal, love and abandonment, and the fictions we create to live with the pain of the past. This novel will blow you away. -Brit Bennett, New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers Set in the waning years of the Cold War, a stunning debut novel about a trio of young Armenians that moves from the Soviet Union, across Europe, to Southern California, and at its center, one of the most tragic cataclysms in twentieth-century history-the Armenian Genocide-whose traumatic reverberations will have unexpected consequences on all three lives. This exuberant, wholly original novel begins in Kirovakan, Armenia, in 1971. Ruben Petrosian is a serious, solitary young man who cares about two things: mastering the game of backgammon to beat his archrival, Mina, and studying the history of his ancestors. Ruben grieves the victims of the 1915 Armenian Genocide, a crime still denied by the descendants of its perpetrators, and dreams of vengeance. When his orphaned cousin, Avo, comes to live with his family, Ruben's life is transformed. Gregarious and physically enormous, with a distinct unibrow that becomes his signature, Avo is instantly beloved. He is everything Ruben is not, yet the two form a bond they swear never to break. But their paths diverge when Ruben vanishes-drafted into an extremist group that will stop at nothing to make Turkey acknowledge the genocide. Unmoored by Ruben's disappearance, Avo and Mina grow close in his absence. But fate brings the cousins together once more, when Ruben secretly contacts Avo, convincing him to leave Mina and join the extremists-a choice that will dramatically alter the course of their lives. Left to unravel the threads of this story is Terry Angel Hair Krill, a veteran of both the US Navy and the funhouse world of professional wrestling, whose life intersects with Avo, Ruben, and Mina's in surprising and devastating ways. Told through alternating perspectives, The Gimmicks is a masterpiece of storytelling. Chris McCormick brilliantly illuminates the impact of history and injustice on ordinary lives and challenges us to confront the spectacle of violence and the specter of its aftermath.

The Puritan Princess

The Puritan Princess

Author: Miranda Malins Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2020

It is the year 1657, and following her father's unprecedented ascent to de facto ruler of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Frances Cromwell has moved from her rural childhood home to the sumptuous surroundings of the palaces of Hampton Court and Whitehall. These are uncertain times however, and after an assassination attempt on her whole family, Frances realises that her fortune and future is no longer in her own hands. But when Oliver Cromwell is officially offered the crown, Frances's hand in marriage suddenly assumes diplomatic and dynastic importance. Will she become a political pawn or can Frances use her new status to further her own ambitions?