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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!

Vegas Die

Vegas Die

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

When Casino Executive Owen McCombs discovers a dead gangster in the trunk of the Mayor's car, he needs to find answers quick - not only to save the Mayor's political career, but to keep his own freedom since Metro Homicide Detective Chastity Tempest Taggart, already pumped up from throwing her ex-husband into jail, is motivated to prove McCombs and the Mayor guilty! In Vegas Die, the best of Sin City characters and events show up: the imploding casino, the buxom stripper, the nerdy card counter, super star twins, the Elvis impersonator, the Graffiti Vigilante, and associated corpses, immolated, shot, sliced, and diced. In deadly play is also the desperate hunt for $7 million in twice stolen jewelry. Vegas Die won an award for Best Regional Fiction and was selected by the Las Vegas Review Journal as one of the best selections for summertime reading. For three years Vegas Die, held its own treasure hunt called a Quest Mystery, the search for the $25,000 dagger, clues within the book. The Quest answer is unveiled within this new edition of this best-selling novel. S.P. Grogan is an award-winning author, his books include Lafayette, Courtier to Crown Fugitive.

Tales of Ming Courtesans

Tales of Ming Courtesans

Author: Alice Poon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

The novel follows the destinies of three late-Ming courtesans, from the seamy world of girl trafficking and slavery to the cultured scene of poetry, music and theatre in Qinhuai, the decadent pleasure district of Nanjing. Jingjing is reading her mother Rushi's memoir. A wretched adolescence barely behind her, Rushi, being a courtesan, loses her true love to the tyranny of conventions. Social scorn never leaves her alone. The memoir inspires Jingjing to uncover the fates of Rushi's two sworn sisters, also courtesans. Yuanyuan is first trapped in brutal slavery and then forced to let go of her lover and enter an unhappy union with a brutish general. Xiangjun incurs corrupt courtiers' wrath when she warns her lover of their trap laid for him. When the outbreak of war plunges the three women into deeper woes, they mull over a daring idea.... In piecing the three sisters' stories together, Jingjing slowly unravels the secret of who she is

The Cursed Village

The Cursed Village

Author: Harripersad Samaroo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/08/2020

Usati is a four year old growing up in Sunnyvale, a small, poor and remote sugar cane farming village in Trinidad in the 1940's. He describes the world he sees, and captures the language and culture of the mainly illiterate peasant workers who live around him. There is widespread belief in black magic, and nearby is the infamous silk-cotton tree which houses the evil spirits who are responsible for all the ills of the village. Usati looks after his two younger siblings. Even as a four year old he has to be a human shield for the neighbour on several occasions in the face of domestic violence. Life is hard and brutal with constant fear of violence and beatings. Following his mother's death the children are brought up by their grandparents, but there are further constant upheavals within the family. Violence remains within all parts of this society, as is crime and suffering. Usati observes how his family suffers through their illiteracy and the society within which they live. Usati battles for a good education. He vows to bring literacy to the village and to fight against the cruelty that surrounds him. Usati and B started as teenage lovers, but can their love survive and endure a lifetime from the wicked curse and traumas of the intervening years?

A Workhouse Christmas

A Workhouse Christmas

Author: Kay Brellend Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2020

Discover the Workhouse to War trilogy by Kay Brellend: a new saga series set in the Whitechapel Union workhouse in East London, between 1904 and 1916. Coming soon from Piatkus . . . Praise for Kay Brellend 'Vividly rendered' Historical Novel Society 'A fantastic cast of characters' Goodreads 'Thoroughly absorbing' Goodreads

The Brothers of Auschwitz

The Brothers of Auschwitz

Author: Malka Adler Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

My brother's tears left a delicate, clean line on his face. I stroked his cheek, whispered, it's really you ... Dov and Yitzhak live in a small village in the mountains of Hungary, isolated both from the world and from the horrors of the war. But one day in 1944, everything changes. The Nazis storm the homes of the Jewish villagers and inform them they have one hour. One hour before the train will take them to Auschwitz. Six decades later, from the safety of their living rooms at home in Israel, the brothers finally break their silence to a friend who will never let their stories be forgotten. Malka Adler's extraordinary biographical novel of a family separated by the Holocaust and their harrowing journey back to each other is based on interviews with the brothers she grew up with by the Sea of Galilee. When they decided to tell their story, she was the only one they would talk to. Told in a poetic style reminiscent of Margaret Atwood, this is a visceral yet essential read for those who have found strength, solace and above all, hope, in books like The Choice, The Librarian of Auschwitz and The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Praise for The Brothers of Auschwitz 'I sat down and read this within a few hours, my wife is now reading it and it is bringing tears to her eyes' Amazon reviewer 'The story is so incredible and the author writes so beautifully that it is impossible to stay indifferent. I gave the book to my mom and she called me after she finished crying and telling me how much she loved it' Amazon reviewer 'It is a book we all must read, read in order to know ... It is harsh, enthralling, earth-shattering, rattling - but we must. And nothing less' Aliza Ziegler, Editor-in-Chief at Proza Books, Yedioth Ahronoth Publishing House 'Great courage is needed to write as Adler does - without softening, without beautifying, without leaving any room to imagination' Yehudith Rotem, Haaretz newspaper 'This is a book we are not allowed not to read' Leah Roditi, At Magazine

Someone to Romance

Someone to Romance

Author: Mary Balogh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

Love comes when you least expect it in this captivating new novel in the Westcott Regency romance series from New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh. Lady Jessica Archer lost her own interest in the glittering excitement of romance after her cousin and dearest friend Abigail Westcott was rejected by the ton when her father was revealed to be a bigamist. Ever practical, however, once she's twenty-five, she decides it's time to wed. Though she no longer believes she will find true love, she is still very eligible. She is, after all, the sister of Avery Archer, Duke of Netherby. Jessica considers the many qualified gentlemen who court her. But when she meets the mysterious Gabriel Thorne, who has returned to England from the New World to claim an equally mysterious inheritance, Jessica considers him completely unsuitable because he had the audacity, when he first met her, to announce his intention to wed her. When Jessica guesses who Gabriel really is, however, and watches the lengths to which he will go in order to protect those who rely upon him, she is drawn to his cause - and to the man. This is the next sparkling novel in the Regency romance Westcott series by New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh - perfect for fans of Grace Burrowes and Stephanie Laurens. The Westcott Series: Someone to Love Someone to Hold Someone to Wed Someone to Care Someone to Trust Someone to Honour Someone to Remember Someone to Romance ________________ Praise for Mary Balogh: 'A grand mistress of the genre' Romantic Times 'Balogh is the queen of spicy Regency-era romance, creating memorable characters in unforgettable stories' Booklist 'Mary Balogh sets the gold standard in historical romance' New York Times bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz 'A romance writer of mesmerising intensity, Mary Balogh has the gift of making a relationship seem utterly real and utterly compelling' Mary Jo Putney

The 1566 Series

The 1566 Series

Author: Liu Heping Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2020

The Quickening

The Quickening

Author: Rhiannon Ward Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2020

An infamous seance. A house burdened by grief. A secret that can no longer stay buried. England, 1925. Louisa Drew lost her husband in the First World War and her six-year-old twin sons in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. Newly re-married and seven months pregnant, Louisa is asked by her employer to travel to Clewer Hall in Sussex to photograph the contents of the house for auction. Desperate for money after falling on hard times, she accepts the commission. On arrival, she learns Clewer Hall was host to an infamous seance in 1896, the consequences of which still haunt the family. Before the Clewer's leave England for good, the lady of the house has asked those who attended the original seance to recreate the evening. Louisa soon becomes embroiled in the strange happenings of the house, unravelling the longheld secrets of what happened that night thirty years before... and discovers her own fate is entwined with Clewer Hall's. An exquisitely crafted mystery that invites the reader into the crumbling Clewer Hall to help unlock its secrets alongside the unforgettable Louisa Drew. For fans of The Silent Companions, The Little Stranger and The Familiars.

The Governess's Guide To Marriage

The Governess's Guide To Marriage

Author: Liz Tyner Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

A prim and proper governess Locked in with a duke! Believing her grandmother is gravely ill, governess Miranda Manwaring takes leave to care for her, but instead finds herself captive in a rundown cottage with a powerful stranger. Shock number one-the man is the eligible Duke of Chalgrove. Shock number two-their captor is Miranda's eccentric grandmother, looking to guide Miranda to a titled husband! Miranda refuses to trick him into marriage, so her grandmother's meddling can't possibly work...can it?

Chaos

Chaos

Author: A D Swanston Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2020

February 1574. Winter holds London in its icy grasp, but the city is also caught in a fervour of paranoia, superstition and rumour. Mob violence is commonplace. A whispered word is all it takes to condemn a woman to burn as a witch. Following his success in foiling the 'Incendium' plot against the queen, Dr Christopher Radcliff's standing within court is high. However, he has no time to reap any rewards. Counterfeit coins are circulating on London's streets, bearing the likeness of his master, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. This in itself is a treasonous offence, but slogans have also begun to appear. Daubed on walls and doorways, they suggest that someone close to the queen harbours treacherous intent - none other than Leicester himself . . . So Radcliff and his team of informants and amateur spies are sent out into the city's markets, drinking dens and brothels to track down who might be behind such outrageous and subversive acts. The investigation will lead them down a murderous path to face an elusive foe with an extraordinary agenda. And time is running out: for when rumour and fear catch fire, then surely violent insurrection and bloody chaos will follow.

The Governess

The Governess

Author: Wendy Holden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

The Governess tells the story of Marion 'Crawfie' Crawford, the progressive young working-class woman who, as royal governess for seventeen years, lived on the most intimate terms with Princess Margaret and the future Queen Elizabeth II. A long time member of the Windsors' inner circle, Marion had a ringside seat to some of the most seismic events of the 20th century. The castles and palaces may have housed a family frozen in time, but outside poverty and unemployment were breeding unrest in 1930s Britain, with Hitler's ascent looming. If royalty was to survive, it must draw closer to the people. And so Marion took the princesses on tubes and buses, swimming at public baths, Christmas shopping at Woolworth's. Marion's devotion meant personal sacrifices, and years of dedication counted for nothing once she published The Little Princesses, a loving, harmless account of life as a royal governess. It earned Marion the Windsors' lasting fury. This is a look into the childhood of the world's longest reigning monarch: a story of conflict and contradiction, of state dinners and hunger marches, of a left-winger amongst the ultimate conservatives, of a modern woman in an ancient institution.