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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 Dark Clue

The Dark Clue

Author: James Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/2019

'This is a book begun, but not finished. I could not finish it. Many times I have come close to destroying it, thinking I should have no rest while it remained to reproach me. I could not bring myself to do it. I have therefore given instructions that it should be sealed in a box, which is to remain unopened until I, my wife Laura, our sister Marion Halcombe, and all our children are dead.' So begins James Wilson's brilliant imaginative recreation of the Victorian sensation novel as the characters from Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White - Walter Hartright and Marion Halcombe - are involved in another dramatic and dangerous conspiracy. Walter is commissioned to write a biography of the greatest of English painters, JMW Turner, whose life was shrouded in mystery. His researches take him to the dark secret at the centre of Turner's work and involve him and Marion in confronting crimes and human degradation that threaten their sanity and their lives. The Dark Clue takes us into Victorian England in all its staggering extremes; of poverty and wealth, of slums and stately homes, of public morality and private vice in an unforgettable tale of suspense.

The Black Glass

The Black Glass

Author: Neil Oliver Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/12/2019

Neil Oliver returns to historical fiction with an adventure spanning England and Turkey, the Tudors and the Byzantines, with plenty of scrapes to be had along the way.

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. Readers LOVE Beyond the Storm! `Excellent read... Didn't want it to end.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars `So beautifully written. An excellent book... An emotional read... Perfect.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars `A lovely story that draws you in... Highly recommend this book.' NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

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

Money, Blood & Conscience

Money, Blood & Conscience

Author: David Steinman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2019

The Shadow King

The Shadow King

Author: Maaza Mengiste Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/12/2019

'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.

Renoir Father and Son

Renoir Father and Son

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

Mountain of Gold

Mountain of Gold

Author: J. D. Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

Blast that Tears the Skies

Blast that Tears the Skies

Author: J. D. Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

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.