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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!

The Heatwave

The Heatwave

Author: Kate Riordan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

'A sultry, gorgeously written and hugely atmospheric thriller with a dark, compelling mystery at its heart' LUCY FOLEY, bestselling author of The Hunting Party 'This book took me to France from the comfort of my garden. I devoured it in 24 hours' 5***** reader review Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead. Sylvie hasn't been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie. Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her - memories she has tried to forget. But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light. Because there's something Sylvie's been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer. And it could change everything. 'Sultry, atmospheric and unsettling - a book to lose yourself in this summer' ERIN KELLY, bestselling author of He Said She Said 'The only book you need this summer. Gripping, well-paced and full of thrills' 5***** reader review 'Chilling, addictive and had me on the edge of my seat' 5***** Reader Review 'Welcome to Provence for a holiday stay you will not forget in a hurry!' 5***** Reader Review __________ Praise for Kate Riordan 'Rich and atmospheric' RACHEL HORE 'The perfect summer read' RACHEL RHYS 'Had me absolutely gripped' LOUISE CANDLISH

Medici ~ Ascendancy

Medici ~ Ascendancy

Author: Matteo Strukul Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Florence, 1429. With shrewd investment, strategic alliance and sly manipulation, the Medici family have climbed to the top of Florentine society. But their success has left a slew of bitter enemies in their wake, enemies who will stop at nothing to usurp their power. When family patriarch Giovanni de Medici is struck down by a suspicious and fatal illness, he leaves the family's wealth and reputation in the hands of his sons, Cosimo and Lorenzo, to protect by any means necessary. But Florence is a nest of vipers, its noble families vying insidiously for supremacy. Cosimo and Lorenzo must draw out the serpents at its breast to secure their family's legacy, or lose everything. First in an award-winning, bestselling quartet charting ten generations of rise to power.

The Queen's Rival

The Queen's Rival

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. A strong woman who claimed the throne for her family in a time of war... 'One of the best writers around' The Sun 'A terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph One family united by blood. Torn apart by war... England, 1459: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, is embroiled in a plot to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the Battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily's family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own. Cecily can only watch as her lands are torn apart and divided up by the ruthless Queen Marguerite. From the towers of her prison in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit - one that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV. This is a story of heartbreak, ambition and treachery, of one woman's quest to claim the throne during the violence and tragedy of the Wars of the Roses. Praise for Anne O'Brien: 'One of the best writers around ... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' The Sun 'O'Brien is a terrific story teller' Daily Telegraph 'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times 'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home 'The characters are larger than life ... and the author a compulsive storyteller' Sunday Express '[A] fast-paced historical novel' Good Housekeeping 'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics' Cosmopolitan 'O'Brien's page-turner vividly brings to life the restriction of women, and the compassion and strength of this real-life figure from medieval times' Woman 'A gripping historical drama' Bella 'Historical fiction at its best' Candis

The Queen's Rival

The Queen's Rival

Author: Anne O'Brien Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

The forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. A strong woman who claimed the throne for her family in a time of war... 'One of the best writers around' The Sun 'A terrific storyteller' Daily Telegraph One family united by blood. Torn apart by war... England, 1459: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, is embroiled in a plot to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the Battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily's family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own. Cecily can only watch as her lands are torn apart and divided up by the ruthless Queen Marguerite. From the towers of her prison in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit - one that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV. This is a story of heartbreak, ambition and treachery, of one woman's quest to claim the throne during the violence and tragedy of the Wars of the Roses. Praise for Anne O'Brien: 'One of the best writers around ... she outdoes even Philippa Gregory' The Sun 'O'Brien is a terrific story teller' Daily Telegraph 'O'Brien cleverly intertwines the personal and political in this enjoyable, gripping tale' The Times 'A gripping story of love, heartache and political intrigue' Woman & Home 'The characters are larger than life ... and the author a compulsive storyteller' Sunday Express '[A] fast-paced historical novel' Good Housekeeping 'This book has everything - royalty, scandal, fascinating historical politics' Cosmopolitan 'O'Brien's page-turner vividly brings to life the restriction of women, and the compassion and strength of this real-life figure from medieval times' Woman 'A gripping historical drama' Bella 'Historical fiction at its best' Candis

Gun Island

Gun Island

Author: Amitav Ghosh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Bundook. Gun. A common word, but one which turns Deen Datta's world upside down. A dealer of rare books, Deen is used to a quiet life spent indoors, but as his once-solid beliefs begin to shift, he is forced to set out on an extraordinary journey; one that takes him from India to Los Angeles and Venice via a tangled route through the memories and experiences of those he meets along the way. There is Piya, a fellow Bengali-American who sets his journey in motion; Tipu, an entrepreneurial young man who opens Deen's eyes to the realities of growing up in today's world; Rafi, with his desperate attempt to help someone in need; and Cinta, an old friend who provides the missing link in the story they are all a part of. It is a journey which will upend everything he thought he knew about himself, about the Bengali legends of his childhood and about the world around him. Gun Island is a beautifully realised novel which effortlessly spans space and time. It is the story of a world on the brink, of increasing displacement and unstoppable transition. But it is also a story of hope, of a man whose faith in the world and the future is restored by two remarkable women.

Atomic Love

Atomic Love

Author: Jennie Fields Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2020

Chicago, 1950 Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations - in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project to design the atomic bomb, and in her passionate love affair with coworker Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the results of her work and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She has almost succeeded in resigning herself to a more conventional life. Then Weaver gets back in touch - but so does the FBI. Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Rosalind to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of selling nuclear secrets to Russia. Rosalind final assignment launches her on a mission to find the truth . . . no matter where it leads.

Atomic Love

Atomic Love

Author: Jennie Fields Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2020

* PRE-ORDER NOW: A stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, deepest desires and the power of forgiveness * 'Science, love, espionage, and a heroine who carves a strong path in the world of men. There is nothing left to want' Ann Patchett 'A highly-charged love story' Delia Owens, bestselling author of Where the Crawdads Sing Chicago, 1950 Rosalind Porter has always defied expectations - in her work as a physicist on the Manhattan Project to design the atomic bomb, and in her passionate love affair with coworker Thomas Weaver. Five years after the end of both, her guilt over the results of her work and her heartbreak over Weaver are intertwined. She has almost succeeded in resigning herself to a more conventional life. Then Weaver gets back in touch - but so does the FBI. Agent Charlie Szydlo wants Rosalind to spy on Weaver, whom the FBI suspects of selling nuclear secrets to Russia. Rosalind's final assignment launches her on a mission to find the truth . . . no matter where it leads.

Lafayette

Lafayette

Author: S.P. Grogan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

In June, 1777, nineteen-year old Marquis de Lafayette landed in the American colonies to fight in their revolution, and the rest, as they say, is history. But over time many truths have been stretched, including, most recently, a singing role in a hit Broadway musical. Still, the great historical mystery remains: how did the character of the young Gilbert de Lafayette develop? Lafayette wrote his own words about his early life serving as an elder statesman in the French Chamber of Deputies, and, as such, they were shaded both to the heroic, as well as to the political climate of the day. S.P. Grogan writes a fascinating fictional narrative about Gilbert Lafayette and his coming-of-age in the mid 1770s amidst the decadence of Queen Marie Antoinette's French court. The story begins with young Gilbert sworn to avenge his military father's death at the hands of the British. The reader will track how a country boy of Auvergne became the richest orphan in France, and how forces behind the throne, trying to gain control over his fortune, seek to marry him off to a twelve-year old girl to support one of the most powerful military castes in France. Lafayette - Courtier to Crown Fugitive is an 'action' story of highway robbers, spies, and court intrigues. The reader can see the developing psychological make-up of Lafayette: his search for a father-figure, his need for supportive love, and his blind passion for glory and fame. What is revealed is a young boy in the throes of transformation under the influences of Queen Marie Antoinette's lifestyle of spoiled privilege, his attitude toward his young wife in a forced marriage, the secrets of the Masonic fraternity, the writings of Voltaire, the Encyclopedistes, and the voice of the anti-slavery Abbot Raynal. All come together to transform his mind-set, as Gilbert, blinded by class liberte idealism, seeks to run away to join the American revolutionary army. In doing so, he becomes a fugitive from the King's edicts, and his ensuing flight and pursuit climax in a showdown on the beaches of Spain.

Rumours From Shanghai

Rumours From Shanghai

Author: Amy Sommers Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

It's 1940 when Tolt Gross, an African-American law graduate, arrives in booming Shanghai from the provincial backwater of Seattle. He has accepted a senior role managing the Asia operations of a US flour company, a position with responsibility and status rarely available to a Black man in America. But the job comes with a humiliating precondition - he must report to a man who despises him. Once in Shanghai, Chinese and Japanese friends of his from college, introduce Tolt to the delights of Shanghai's social and nightlife, flourishing despite Japan's invasion of China three years earlier, but in the middle of the hard work and hard play, Tolt stumbles on a secret plan that Japan is developing to destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which could destroy his life and much much more. How to give the alarm? Would anyone believe a warning from a Black man in Shanghai?

The Reunion

The Reunion

Author: Geoff Pridmore Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Summer 1963. Former 'POW' Hugo, his wife Rene and young family set out from Cornwall to introduce their children to their Bavarian cousins at a family reunion. His belief: that if children are brought up to know one another, there will be no more wars. However, there is one thing he hasn't taken into consideration - The Wall. The journey in a Morris Minor van is long and tedious. On the continent, memories of his wartime experiences are triggered, and Hugo finds that the 'ghosts' of his past haunt him at every turn...

Unto This Last

Unto This Last

Author: Rebecca Lipkin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

London, 1858. Passionate, contradictory, and fiercely loyal to his friends, John Ruskin is an eccentric genius, famed across Britain for his writings on art and philosophy. Haunted by a scandalous past and determined never to love again, the thirty-nine-year-old Ruskin shuns polite society in favour of a quiet existence at Denmark Hill, the home he shares with his domineering parents. Reluctantly accepting a request by an Irish aristocrat to tutor her daughters in art, Ruskin becomes infatuated with his enigmatic student, Rose La Touche, an obsession with profound consequences that will change the course of his life and work. Unto This Last is a portrait of Ruskin's tormented psyche and reveals a complex and misunderstood soul, longing for a life just out of reach.

The Hanged Man

The Hanged Man

Author: Andree Rushton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Castignac, a beautiful farmhouse in the South-West of France, is a shared holiday home for a group of Brits. The shocking death of Ian, one of the group's members, taints the happy memories of the house and the group decides to try and sell it on. However, another member, Tessa, senses secrets and endeavors to find out more... The present-day story is interwoven with chapters about the past, and the life story of the Castignac farmer is revealed through flashbacks to the First World War. The hidden history of this farmhouse is brought further into question when Tessa unveils a drawing of a wild orchid, called the 'Hanged Man' in French. There's one person that holds all the answers, but they're hiding a secret of their own. Can Tessa discover what really happened at the farmhouse and in doing so, free it of its demons?