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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 German House

The German House

Author: Annette Hess, Elisabeth Lauffer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

What if everything your family ever told you was a lie? Frankfurt, 1963 At the war's end, Frankfurt was a smoldering ruin, severely damaged by the Allied bombings. But that was two decades ago. Now it is 1963, and the city's streets, once cratered are smooth and paved. Shiny new stores replace scorched rubble. For twenty-four-year-old Eva Bruhn, World War II is a foggy childhood memory. Eager for her wealthy suitor, Jurgen Schoorman, to propose, Eva dreams of starting a new life away from her parents and sister. But Eva's plans are turned upside down when an American investigator, David Miller, hires her as a translator for a war crimes trial. As she becomes more and more involved in the Frankfurt Trials, Eva begins to question her family's silence on the war and her future. Why do her parents refuse to talk about what happened? What are they hiding? Does she really love Jurgen and will she be happy as a housewife? Though it means going against the wishes of her family and her lover, Eva, propelled by her own conscience, joins a team of fiery prosecutors determined to bring the Nazis to justice-a decision that will help change her country forever.

Beyond the Storm

Beyond the Storm

Author: Diana Finley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

An epic tale of love, war, and the secrets we keep... Anna Feldman is born in Vienna just as war breaks out; war will come to shape her entire life. But as Anna moves from Austria to Palestine, England to Germany, one thing will remain a constant: the weight of the secret she keeps. This is the story of Anna, the people she loved and the people she lost - and a heartbreaking choice which changed the course of her life forever. For fans of Dinah Jefferies and Heather Morris, Beyond the Storm captures the bravery and strength of a life lived through a century of conflict, and our unending capacity for hope and love. Previously published as The Loneliness of Survival. This edition contains editorial revisions.

Claudia Daughter of Rome

Claudia Daughter of Rome

Author: Antoinette May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2019

Power. Passion. Betrayal. Claudia has a privileged life. Niece of Rome's favoured warrior, she lives in luxury, surrounded by her family and tended by slaves. Gifted with second sight, her dreams tell her many things, from which gladiator will win the battle in the Coliseum to the secret enemies who plot against the Emperor. When Claudia falls deeply in love with a charismatic soldier known as Pilate, she determines to win his heart, whatever the cost. But Rome is built on powerful, treacherous alliances, and while Pilate's star continues to rise, shame and tragedy stalk Claudia's family. As a circle of betrayal and despair threatens to encompass her, Claudia realises her fate and future happiness is inextricably bound with a man who appears in her dreams, a man who wears a crown of thorns, a man she knows her husband must not condemn to death... '[Claudia] makes the female experience of past millennia exotic yet universal' USA TODAY 'Breathes fresh air into the historical genre . . . A story of opulence, greed, lust and the power of women' South Wales Argus

Money, Blood & Conscience

Money, Blood & Conscience

Author: David Steinman Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/12/2019

Renoir Father and Son

Renoir Father and Son

Author: Eddy Simon, Jacques Renoir Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/12/2019

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 2

March 1917 The Red Wheel, Node III, Book 2

Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The Red Wheel is Nobel Prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's multivolume epic work about the Russian Revolution. He spent decades writing about just four of the most important periods, or nodes. This is the first time that the monumental March 1917-the third node-has been translated into English. It tells the story of the Russian Revolution itself, during which the Imperial government melts in the face of the mob, and the giants of the opposition also prove incapable of controlling the course of events. Together, these factors condemn Russia to chaos, destruction, and ultimately Communist dictatorship. The action of Book 2 (of four) of March 1917 is set during March 13-15, 1917, the Russian Revolution's turbulent second week. The revolution has already won inside the capital, Petrograd. News of the revolution flashes across all Russia through the telegraph system of the Ministry of Roads and Railways. But this is wartime, and the real power is with the army. At Emperor Nikolai II's order, the Supreme Command sends troops to suppress the revolution in Petrograd. Meanwhile, victory speeches ring out at Petrograd's Tauride Palace. Inside, two parallel power structures emerge: the Provisional Government and the Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet of Workers' and Soldiers' Deputies, which sends out its famous Order No. 1, presaging the destruction of the army. The Emperor hurries to leave his headquarters and join his family at Tsarskoye Selo. The troops sent to suppress the Petrograd revolution are halted by the army's own top commanders. The Emperor is detained and abdicates, and his ministers are jailed and sent to the Peter and Paul Fortress. This sweeping, historical novel is a must-read for Solzhenitsyn's many fans, as well as those interested in twentieth-century history, Russian history and literature, and military history.

From the Auld Rock to a Hard Place

From the Auld Rock to a Hard Place

Author: Wendy Cheyne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

It's 1874 and a group of Shetlanders embark on a life-changing journey to New Zealand in search of a better life. Jamie and Catherine are deeply in love and about to be married. But their plans are thwarted by a selfish, unstable aristocrat who has designs on Jamie. Jamie and Catherine must suffer a new life living side-by-side, but forbidden from being together. Joe, Jamie's brother, must contend with being married to a woman he loves, while in the knowledge that Catherine's heart still belongs elsewhere. Arriving in New Zealand and challenged with new suffering and exploitation, will their love prevail against all odds?

Blood's Campaign

Blood's Campaign

Author: Angus Donald Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/11/2019

In the theatre of war there can only be one victor . . . August 25, 1689 The English army has surrounded Carrickfergus in Ireland. The brilliant strategist and gunner Captain Holcroft Blood of the Royal Artillery is ready to train his powerful cannon on the rebellious Catholics. But this is more than war for Blood, there is a terrible vengeance that burns in his heart. July 1, 1690 The Battle of the Boyne must be decisive for King William's English forces if he is to prevail over deposed King James's rebel Irish and French army. And Holcroft Blood is determined to destroy the man who obsesses him: the ruthless French spymaster who murdered an innocent woman he loved dearly. As battle commences and the wild Irish brigand Michael 'Galloping' Hogan wreaks havoc on the English, Blood's military tactics prove highly effective, until ambush leaves him staring at a hangman's noose. Will Blood escape to seek retribution or will his personal vendetta during a war between nations commit him to make the ultimate sacrifice?

The Bright Unknown

The Bright Unknown

Author: Elizabeth Byler Younts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

Two young friends embark upon an epic journey across 1940s middle America in search of answers, a family, and a place to call home. The only kind of life Brighton Turner understands is the one she has endured within the dreary walls of a rural Pennsylvania asylum. A nurse has thoughtfully educated and raised Brighton, but she has also kept vital information from her in order to keep her close. Brighton befriends a boy whom she calls Angel-he doesn't know his name-and as the two of them learn more about what lies beyond the walls they call home, they fight for their release and eventually escape. However, the world outside the only place they've ever known is not what they expect. They have no real names, no money, and no help-and they must rely upon the kindness of strangers as they walk and hitchhike from Pennsylvania to Michigan to find their last hope of a home. This heartbreaking journey, narrated in gorgeous prose, explores what it means to belong-and to scour the universe with fresh eyes for the brightness within.

Ribbons of Scarlet A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

Ribbons of Scarlet A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

Author: Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, E. Knight Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

The French Revolution comes alive through the eyes of six diverse and complex women, in the skilled hands of these amazing authors. --Martha Hall Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of Lilac Girls Six bestselling and award-winning authors bring to life a breathtaking epic novel illuminating the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses and peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers-six unforgettable women whose paths cross during one of the most tumultuous and transformative events in history: the French Revolution. Ribbons of Scarlet is a timely story of the power of women to start a revolution-and change the world. In late eighteenth-century France, women do not have a place in politics. But as the tide of revolution rises, women from gilded salons to the streets of Paris decide otherwise-upending a world order that has long oppressed them. Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. Emboldened to fight the injustices of King Louis XVI, Sophie aims to prove that an educated populace can govern itself--but one of her students, fruit-seller Louise Audu, is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women's march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king's pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head. But when fanatics use the newspapers to twist the revolution's ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France's blood-soaked Reign of Terror while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive--unless unlikely heroine and courtesan's daughter Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France's fate: the fearsome Robespierre.

A Sister's Courage

A Sister's Courage

Author: Molly Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

It's 1939 and the threat of war hangs over Britain... A spirited young woman, Raine Linfoot has always had an overriding ambition to take to the skies. Her hero, Doug Williams, teaches her to fly when she is just 17. With her pilot's license it seems as though the sky's the limit for Raine ... until war breaks out. Raine knows that her place is not at home and she is determined to assist the war effort by doing what she loves, but the Air Transport Auxiliary aren't taking women. Though at the height of the war, they need her help, and Raine is offered the opportunity to join the force and prove she is up to the task, risking her life daily ferrying aircraft to the men on the front line. But when tragedy strikes and Doug is reported missing after being shot down in his Spitfire, Raine realises that this war could tear both the country she loves - and her heart - apart... A brave and gripping story about women overcoming adversity whilst navigating love, loss, and the treacherous wartime skies.

Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark

Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark

Author: Margaret George Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/11/2019

From New York Times bestselling author Margaret George, Emperor Nero: The Splendour Before The Dark is the stunning conclusion to Emperor Nero's story that began in The Confessions of Young Nero. With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman Empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendour. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is absolute. But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumours of Nero's complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace - and the politicians . . . For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome's - and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known.