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Historical fiction

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!

Baltic Mission A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

Baltic Mission A Nathaniel Drinkwater Novel

Author: Richard Woodman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

In the seventh tale of the highly acclaimed Drinkwater series, Captain Drinkwater's frigate, HMS ANTIGONE, is ordered to the Baltic Sea in the Spring of 1807 as Napoleon's grip has begun to reach across Europe to the borders of Holy Russia. As country after country falls under the weight of French domination, Captain Nathaniel Drinkwater is faced with the challenges brought about by military disaster and diplomatic intrigue. On board the ANTIGONE, Drinkwater is threatened by the seething discontent of his crew and the instability of his drunken first lieutenant. Drinkwater's task is to cooperate with his country's allies and intelligence agents. When a coded message is intercepted, his mission suddenly becomes one of extreme personal danger. As the fate of Europe is being decided, Drinkwater must carry out his mission in the face of his old enemy. This final confrontation brings him to the brink of death.

The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2020

'Beautiful and devastating' Marlon James ETHIOPIA. 1935. With the threat of Mussolini's army looming, recently orphaned Hirut struggles to adapt to her new life as a maid. Her new employer, Kidane, an officer in Emperor Haile Selassie's army, rushes to mobilise his strongest men before the Italians invade. Hirut and the other women long to do more than care for the wounded and bury the dead. When Emperor Haile Selassie goes into exile and Ethiopia quickly loses hope, it is Hirut who offers a plan to maintain morale. She helps disguise a gentle peasant as the emperor and soon becomes his guard, inspiring other women to take up arms. But how could she have predicted her own personal war, still to come, as a prisoner of one of Italy's most vicious officers? The Shadow King is a gorgeously crafted and unputdownable exploration of female power, and what it means to be a woman at war.

A Broadway Dream

A Broadway Dream

Author: Jane Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Enter a world filled with opulence, glitz and glam... A chance meeting with a French impresario in a cocktail bar leads Yorkshire lass and Beauty Queen, Bobbie on a glitzy trip to New York where she samples the 1920s high life. However, all the glitz, glamour and showgirl benefits come with a heavy price. Bobbie crosses paths with a dangerous man who has links to the mafia and who's involvement puts her safety at risk. Her life changes drastically and the glamour and pressure of Hollywood throw her life into a spiral of deceit, lies and tragedy. Can Bobbie escape before it's too late?

The Orphan Thief

The Orphan Thief

Author: Glynis Peters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan When all seems lost... As Hitler's bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. Hope still survives... Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs... And love will overcome. Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby's last chance at happiness too?

The Breaking Storm

The Breaking Storm

Author: Derek H Skinner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

'The Breaking Storm' follows 'Gathering Clouds' as the second book in the gripping Nethergate Trilogy of the American Civil War. The shocks of war electrify the already dysfunctional community at the Nethergate Tobacco Plantation, throwing conflicts into stark relief as the slave community senses the alchemy of impending freedom. Romance, passion and compassion surge to the fore in unlikely places as the story moves rapidly between South and North, between battlefield and parlour, before finally taking to the seas to the hedonistic Island of Nassau to run the gauntlet of the Yankee naval blockade.

The Orphan Thief

The Orphan Thief

Author: Glynis Peters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan When all seems lost... As Hitler's bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. Hope still survives... Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs... And love will overcome. Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby's last chance at happiness too?

Son of a Jacobite

Son of a Jacobite

Author: T. J. Lovat Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

April, 1746. Born on the final day of the Jacobite Rebellion at Culloden, Thomas Lovat enters the world on the same day his father departs, killed in action. The devastation of Culloden and the Highland Clearances will have a profound effect on the rest of Thomas's life. Conscious of his heritage and its associated anger, Thomas is confronted with a confused identity and heritage as he grows into a young man. Travelling to the Middle East, he meets and marries his first love. Together they bear a child. He comes to see the beauty and troubles of Islam and so reflects on his own religious beliefs and values. Returning to England, Thomas joins the British Army and travels to the Americas in the prelude to the War of Independence. As the American Revolution plays out, the tension between Thomas's rebellious Jacobite heritage and his duties as a British officer come dramatically to the fore.

The Potter's Daughter

The Potter's Daughter

Author: Jackie Ladbury Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/2020

Is love powerful enough to cross the class divide? When Daniel Davenport saves Maddie Lockett and her young brother Tom from drowning, an immediate bond is forged between them. But Daniel is an aspiring doctor and son of a wealthy manufacturer, whilst Maddie is a potter's daughter from a poverty-stricken area of the Potteries. Even a friendship between the two could be frowned upon, let alone anything more ... But Maddie and Daniel want more, and as they grow closer gossip and prejudice look set to spoil their blossoming romance. Do the young couple stand a chance when there are those who would stop at nothing to keep them apart?

The Orphan Thief

The Orphan Thief

Author: Glynis Peters Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

From the international bestselling author of The Secret Orphan When all seems lost... As Hitler's bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. Hope still survives... Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs... And love will overcome. Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby's last chance at happiness too?

Wartime for the Shop Girls

Wartime for the Shop Girls

Author: Joanna Toye Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

War brings changes the friends could never foresee... `Cheerful and uplifting... I enjoyed it immensely' Katie Fforde `Highly recommended' Anna Jacobs It's 1942 and as shortages of staff - and goods - begin to bite, young Lily Collins is thrilled to step up to sales junior in her job at Marlow's department store. But bombs are still falling and Lily and fellow shop girls Gladys and Beryl need a stiff upper lip to wave boyfriends, husbands and brothers goodbye, especially with a baby on the way and grim news on the wireless. When Jim, who works with Lily at the store, seems restless, things are bad enough, but nothing can prepare Lily for the secrets that come tumbling out when her favourite brother comes home on leave... Somehow, she must keep smiling through. Community, family and friends rally round as her home town - and the whole country - is tested once again.

The Orphan Thief

The Orphan Thief

Author: Glynis Peters Format: Downloadable audio file Release Date: 23/01/2020

When all seems lost... As Hitler's bombs rain down on a battered and beleaguered Britain, Ruby Shadwell is dealt the most devastating blow - her entire family lost during the Coventry Blitz. Hope still survives... Alone and with the city in chaos, Ruby is determined to survive this war and rebuild her life. And a chance encounter with street urchin Tommy gives Ruby just the chance she needs... And love will overcome. Because Tommy brings with him Canadian Sergeant Jean-Paul Clayton. Jean-Paul is drawn to Ruby and wants to help her, but Ruby cannot bear another loss. Can love bloom amidst the ruins? Or will the war take Ruby's last chance at happiness too?

The Bone Fire

The Bone Fire

Author: S D Sykes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/01/2020

The brand new Oswald de Lacy thriller, for fans of C.J. Sansom, Minette Walters and S.J. Parris. 'Living legends Andrew Taylor and Susanna Gregory; bestselling phenomena SJ Parris and CJ Sansom... a league of extraordinary resurrectionists. If you love their books, I invite you to visit fourteenth-century England, with SD Sykes ... Savour the company of young Oswald de Lacy, among the most appealing historical sleuths currently on the hunt.' A.J. Finn 'A fascinating glimpse of an almost forgotten period of history.' Andrew Taylor 'Sykes give it (plague) a life and character of its own - swift, remorseless and deadly' New York Times *** 1361. Plague has returned to England - thirteen years after the devastation of The Black Death. As destruction advances towards his estate in Kent, Oswald de Lacy leads his family to the safety of a remote castle in the marshes - where his friend Godfrey is preparing a fortress to survive the coming disaster. The rules are clear: once the de Lacys and other guests are inside the castle the portcullis will be lowered and no-one permitted to enter or leave until the Pestilence has passed. And then a murderer strikes. Oswald is confronted with a stark choice - leave and face the ravages of the plague, or stay and place his family at the mercy of a brutal killer. With word of his skills as an investigator preceding him, it falls to Oswald to unmask the murderer in their midst. Host, guest, or servant - everyone is a suspect in this poisoned refuge of secrets, deceit and malice.