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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 Saracen's Mark

The Saracen's Mark

Author: S. W. Perry Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

London, 1593. Five years on from the Armada and England is taking its first faltering steps towards a future as a global power. Nicholas Shelby - reluctant spy and maverick physician - and his companion Bianca Merton are settling into a life on Bankside. But, in London there is always a plot afoot... Robert Cecil, the Queen's spymaster, once again recruits Nicholas to undertake a dangerous undercover mission that will take him to the back alleys of Marrakech in search of a missing informer. However, while Nicholas hunts for the truth across the seas, plague returns once more to London - ravaging the streets and threatening those dearest to him. Can Bianca and Nicholas' budding relationship weather the threats of pestilence and conspiracy? And will Nicholas survive his mission and the unpredictability of Marrakesh to return home? ________________________ Praise for The Jackdaw Mysteries, a CWA Dagger finalist series 'S. W. Perry is one of the best' The Times 'No-one is better than S. W. Perry at leading us through the squalid streets of London in the sixteenth century' Andrew Swanston 'S. W. Perry's ingeniously plotted novels have become my favourite historical crime series' S. G. MacLean

The Pearl Locket

The Pearl Locket

Author: Kathleen McGurl Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

We'll Meet Again... When Ali inherits her great-aunt's house she immediately moves her whole family in, despite the warnings that there is something strange about the place. Unfazed Ali begins redecorating, going through the rooms, making each one her own with the help of her daughter, Kelly. But when under the wallpaper in Kelly's new room they discover a scrawled message from 1944 Ali begins to question the history of the house as she knows it. Her family has always seemed so picture perfect, not a blemish or a secret to be found. Yet, this discovery throws her into confusion and Ali begins to question exactly what she knows about her family and the mysteries they have kept hidden... Perfect for fans of The Emerald Comb, Rachel Hore and Kate Morton Don't miss Kathleen's new book - The Girl from Ballymor out in 2017! Praise for Kathleen McGurl 'There were twists and turns galore that had me gripping my Kindle to within an inch of its life...' - Becca's Books on The Pearl Locket 'An engrossing family saga' - cayocosta72 on The Pearl Locket 'If you want a book that is exciting, fast-paced and impossible to put down, with plenty of twists and turns, then you need to buy this book! I can't wait to read more of Kathleen's novels.' - Emma's Book Reviews on The Emerald Comb 'The Emerald Comb is fantastic.' - Books & Baby 'An edge of your seat read, that is a page turner and griped me from page one.' - Comet Babe's Books on The Emerald Comb

I'm Staying Here

I'm Staying Here

Author: Marco Balzano Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Curon, 1920. In a small village in South Tyrol, Trina longs for a different life. She dedicates herself to becoming a teacher, but the year that she qualifies Mussolini's regime abolishes the use of German as a teaching language. In this new climate of fear and uncertainty Trina works for a clandestine network of schools in the valley, always with the risk of capture. Curon, 1939. Now married and a mother Trina's life is again thrown into uncertainty when Germany anounces the 'Great choice' and communities in South Tyrol are given the opportunity to move to Germany. The town splits and ever-increasing rifts form among its people. Those, like Trina and her family, who choose not to leave are seen as traitors and spies; they can no longer leave the house without suffering abuse. Then one day Trina comes home and finds that her daughter is missing...

I'm Staying Here

I'm Staying Here

Author: Marco Balzano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

Curon, 1920. In a small village in South Tyrol, Trina longs for a different life. She dedicates herself to becoming a teacher, but the year that she qualifies Mussolini's regime abolishes the use of German as a teaching language. In this new climate of fear and uncertainty Trina works for a clandestine network of schools in the valley, always with the risk of capture. Curon, 1939. Now married and a mother Trina's life is again thrown into uncertainty when Germany anounces the 'Great choice' and communities in South Tyrol are given the opportunity to move to Germany. The town splits and ever-increasing rifts form among its people. Those, like Trina and her family, who choose not to leave are seen as traitors and spies; they can no longer leave the house without suffering abuse. Then one day Trina comes home and finds that her daughter is missing...

Bone China The deliciously spooky Autumn read of 2019

Bone China The deliciously spooky Autumn read of 2019

Author: Laura Purcell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

'Du Maurier-tastic' GUARDIAN 'Deliciously sinister' HEAT 'A clever, creepy read' SUNDAY EXPRESS Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft's family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last...

All We Left Behind

All We Left Behind

Author: Danielle R. Graham Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

For fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz 'Heart-wrenching. Emotional. A powerful story of wartime love and devotion' Glynis Peters, author of The Secret Orphan A powerful and incredibly moving historical novel inspired by an untold story of the Second World War. Vancouver 1941 As the war rages around the world, Hitler's fury is yet to be felt on the peaceful shores of Mayne Island. Sweethearts Hayden and Chidori are in love. But everything changes after Pearl Harbor. Now seen as the enemy, Chidori and her family are forced into an internment camp. Powerless to help them, Hayden joins the air force to bring about an end to this devastating war - the thought of Chidori is all that keeps him alive. Can they both survive long enough to be reunited? Or will the war be the only thing to separate their love? Readers adore All We Left Behind: 'A story crying out to be told' Mary Martel, Netgalley 'From the very first chapter I was hooked' Whitney Wenthold, Netgalley 'This is another WWII novel with a bit of a twist... a story of friendship, love, heartbreak and so much more' Pam, Netgalley 'Fabulous, gripping historical fiction...I am glad that I was able to come away from this novel learning something new about this time in history' Rachel Fox, Netgalley 'Gripping from start to finish...A must read for WWII fiction fans!' Sydney Long, Goodreads 'An amazing story that will stick with me...historic fiction done right' Stephanie Showmaker, Netgalley 'Historical fiction at its best' Abby Siverman, Netgalley

The Sin Eater

The Sin Eater

Author: Megan Campisi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2020

An old adage says there are really only two stories: a man goes on a voyage, and a stranger arrives in town. This is the third: a woman breaks the rules . . . Can you uncover the truth when you're forbidden from speaking it? A Sin Eater's duty is a necessary evil: she hears the confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite. Stained by these sins, she is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town. Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, only concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she's arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries. It's a devastating sentence, but May's new invisibility opens new doors. And when first one then two of the Queen's courtiers suddenly grow ill, May hears their deathbed confessions - and begins to investigate a terrible rumour that is only whispered of amid palace corridors. Set in a thinly disguised sixteenth-century England, The Sin Eater is a wonderfully rich story of treason and treachery; of women, of power, and the strange freedom that comes from being an outcast - because, as May learns, being a nobody sometimes counts for everything . . .

The Hit

The Hit

Author: Julian Mayfield Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

An Orphan's Wish

An Orphan's Wish

Author: Molly Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

War rages, but the women and children of Liverpool's Dr Barnardo's Home cannot give up hope. What more could you wish for than a poignant, heart-warming saga to read this winter? LIVERPOOL, 1943 Yorkshire is the place Lana has always called home, but it's now filled with painful memories of her fiance, Dickie, who was killed at sea. When she accepts the challenging position of headmistress at a school in Liverpool, she hopes a new beginning will help to mend her broken heart. A BATTLE TO FIGHT Not everyone at Bingham School is happy about her arrival but Lana throws herself into the role, teaching children from the local village and the nearby Dr Barnardo's orphanage. She thrives in her work, but soon finds herself falling for a man who she would once have considered the enemy - and is torn between what she knows is right, and taking a risk that might see her lose everything. THE STRENGTH TO HOPE There are children that desperately need her help, and Lana must fight for everyone's happiness, as well as her own. But one young girl in particular shows her that there is a way through the darkness - because even when all seems lost, there is always a glimmer of hope to be found...

Hamnet A Book to Look Out for in Stylist, The Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer and more

Hamnet A Book to Look Out for in Stylist, The Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer and more

Author: Maggie O'Farrell Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2020

'Miraculous' Observer 'Will leave you shaking with loss but also the love from which family is spun' Emma Donoghue TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week. Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

Hamnet A Book to Look Out for in Stylist, The Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer and more

Hamnet A Book to Look Out for in Stylist, The Times, The Sunday Times, Guardian, Observer and more

Author: Maggie O'Farrell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/03/2020

'Miraculous' Observer 'Will leave you shaking with loss but also the love from which family is spun' Emma Donoghue TWO EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE. A LOVE THAT DRAWS THEM TOGETHER. A LOSS THAT THREATENS TO TEAR THEM APART. On a summer's day in 1596, a young girl in Stratford-upon-Avon takes to her bed with a fever. Her twin brother, Hamnet, searches everywhere for help. Why is nobody at home? Their mother, Agnes, is over a mile away, in the garden where she grows medicinal herbs. Their father is working in London. Neither parent knows that one of the children will not survive the week. Hamnet is a novel inspired by the son of a famous playwright. It is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink by grief. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mistress; flea that boards a ship in Alexandria; and a glovemaker's son who flouts convention in pursuit of the woman he loves. Above all, it is a tender and unforgettable reimagining of a boy whose life has been all but forgotten, but whose name was given to one of the most celebrated plays ever written.

The Mayflower Marriage

The Mayflower Marriage

Author: Arminal Dare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The Mayflower Marriage breathes life into the story of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620. This compelling and very human story follows John Alden and Priscilla Mullins as they fall in love during the historic 1620 crossing of The Mayflower from Plymouth to Massachusetts. This love is constantly challenged, but survives batterings and betrayals and through this the couple achieve a stronger and deeper devotion. John and Priscilla meet in England as preparations for the Mayflower's departure are in progress, Priscilla as a passenger and John as a crew member. They gradually discover their mutual attraction as they cope with a voyage fraught with sickness, strife and the ferocious storms. Life in early Plymouth is grim as the settlers suffer famine, disease, and death. John can only watch as Priscilla cares unceasingly for the members of her family, as one after another she loses her father, mother and younger brother. He longs to assist and comfort her but is prevented by Pilgrim morality and rigid social norms. Over time, conditions in the new colony gradually improve, with help from friendly Native Americans and occasional supply ships. Despite resistance from the Pilgrim leadership, John and Priscilla finally marry and raise a family. The sweeping, heroic narrative follows them throughout the remainder of their long and eventful lives, raising a family while navigating the political infighting and squabbling of the early Pilgrim society.