LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

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 Tin God

The Tin God

Author: Chris Nickson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

Gum Nuts and Weeping Willows A Mostly True Story of Victorian Migrants

Gum Nuts and Weeping Willows A Mostly True Story of Victorian Migrants

Author: Karen Ritchie-Legallais Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2019

Gum Nuts and Weeping Willows is a fictionalised story based on extraordinary true events, starting with the author's great grandparents' sea journey from London to Australia in the 1800s, and follows the life of the Jack family. Set against the tremendous opportunities opened up by the industrial revolution, with its new technologies and associated social changes, the book explores issues of poverty, workers' conditions and the status of women. The story also delves into issues surrounding migration as the Jack family prepare to embrace a new culture and put down new roots, even if life doesn't always go in their favour. A touching story in which the Jack family not only act against a historical back-drop, but are formed by it.

Vladimir's Diary

Vladimir's Diary

Author: Martin M. McShane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2019

With the Nazis finally defeated the world heaves a sigh and takes its first breath of freedom in over five years. Seizing his opportunity, Stalin turns on his Allies and orders his Red Army to invade Europe. Country after country falls to the mighty forces of the Soviet Union while America's attempts to find a diplomatic solution leave behind bleak consequences for the peoples of the conquered nations. Now at the beginning of the 21st century, the super-sized Soviet Union is falling apart, creating much unrest among its two billion inhabitants. The economy crashes, causing the Red state to slip back toward the dark ages. To restore order, the Central Committee bring Terror to all the peoples of the Soviet Union. An unlikely group of young freedom fighters risk everything to save their beloved country. But can they succeed when personal ambition, lust for power and greed take hold over ideals and serving the greater good?

The Guns of September A Novel of Mcclellan's Army in Maryland, 1862

The Guns of September A Novel of Mcclellan's Army in Maryland, 1862

Author: Alexander B. Rossino Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2019

September 1862. After John Pope's devastating defeat at Second Bull Run, George McClellan reconstitutes the Army of the Potomac and marches in pursuit of Robert E. Lee's invading Army of Northern Virginia. The Confederates have pushed north of the Potomac River into the border state of Maryland in search of one more decisive victory that might bring about Southern independence. Fortune smiles on Little Mac when a lost copy of Lee's orders falls into his hands, revealing the Rebel general's plan to divide his army and capture the Union garrison at Harper's Ferry. McClellan pushes his army and catches Lee by surprise at South Mountain, where he inflicts a decisive defeat that turns Lee's plan on its head and his army back against the Potomac for a final stand at Sharpsburg on September 17. The resulting battle could decide the fate of the nation. Alexander Rossino brilliantly weaves together these momentous hours inThe Guns of September: A Novel of McClellan's Army in Maryland, 1862. Readers live the high-stakes drama through the gritty minutiae experienced by a host of historical characters-including a diligent General McClellan, the hard-fighting Joseph Hooker, a frustrated Ambrose Burnside, and the aggressive George Armstrong Custer. Rossino also displays a keen understanding of daily travails undergone by the common foot soldier, including experienced veterans from Ohio and greenhorns from central Pennsylvania. The Guns of September is a sweeping account, superbly written with a you-are-there sense that will linger with you long after you finish the book. It is a masterful conclusion to his earlier volume Six Days in September: A Novel of Lee's Army in Maryland, 1862, which is written from the Confederate perspective.

No Going Back

No Going Back

Author: Anna Patrick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2019

Poland 1944 Arrested by the Gestapo for carrying a gun, Marta has to think fast. With a mixture of courage, cunning and sheer good luck, she faces down her interrogators and protects her beloved fiance. But at what cost to her? Nothing in her privileged background prepares her for the horrors of Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany. Close friendships and an unshakeable belief help her survive. As the war ends, she has to pull together the fragments of her shattered life. What does the future hold and will she ever see her fiance again? Blending imagination with historical fact and the memories of an exceptional woman, No Going Back is a tale as gripping as it is moving and offers a unique insight into one of modern Europe's darkest periods.

The Name Beneath The Stone Secret of the Unknown Warrior

The Name Beneath The Stone Secret of the Unknown Warrior

Author: Robert Newcome Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2019

Three generations, one family, connected by an historic secret. 1917 - Private Daniel Dawkins fights at Messines Ridge and Passchendaele. He writes home to his true-love Joyce, but reveals little of his extreme bravery, his kindness, his loyalty to his comrades and the horrors they experience on the Western Front. 1920 - Captain Peter Harding is tasked with a secret mission to assist in the selection of a body dug up from the battlefields of Flanders to be buried in Westminster Abbey as the 'Unknown Warrior'. Events take place on that expedition that come to haunt him for the rest of his life. 2011 - Sarah Harding discovers Daniel's letters and Peter's diaries. Together with historian James Marchant she pieces together the hidden truth behind the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior and must decide what to do with it. Values are challenged and characters are tested in this gripping novel which asks `what if the identity of the Unknown Soldier was discovered - and should that secret ever be revealed?'

Entertaining Mr Pepys The Women of Pepys' Diary

Entertaining Mr Pepys The Women of Pepys' Diary

Author: Deborah Swift Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

London 1666. Elizabeth `Bird' Carpenter has a wonderful singing voice, and music is her chief passion. When her father persuades her to marry horse-dealer Christopher Knepp, she suspects she is marrying beneath her station, but nothing prepares her for the reality of life with Knepp. Her father has betrayed her trust, for Knepp cares only for his horses; he is a tyrant and a bully, and will allow Bird no life of her own. When Knepp goes away, she grasps her chance and, encouraged by her maidservant Livvy, makes a secret visit to the theatre. Entranced by the music, the glitter and glamour of the surroundings, and the free and outspoken manner of the women on the stage, she falls in love with the theatre and is determined to forge a path of her own as an actress. But life in the theatre was never going to be straightforward - for a jealous rival wants to spoil her plans, and worse, Knepp forbids it, and Bird must use all her wit and intelligence to change his mind. Based on events depicted in the famous Diary of Samuel Pepys, this is a historical novel bringing London in the 17th Century to life. It includes the vibrant characters of the day including the diarist himself and actress Nell Gwynne, and features a dazzling and gripping finale during the Great Fire Of London. The third in Deborah Swift's atmospheric trilogy, bringing to life the women in Pepys' Diary. Each novel features a different character and can be read as a stand-alone book. PRAISE FOR THE PEPYS TRILOGY: `Swift is a consummate historical novelist, basing her books on immaculate research and then filling the gaps between real events and real people with eloquent storytelling, atmospheric scene setting and imaginative plot lines' - The Visitor `A novel that transports readers with astonishing and engrossing detail' - Readers Favorite 5* `Pepys and his world spring to vibrant life...Gripping, revealing and stunningly imagined' - Lancashire Evening Post

Rule Britannia The Drabble and Harris Thrillers

Rule Britannia The Drabble and Harris Thrillers

Author: Alec Marsh Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/09/2019

Follow the adventures of Cambridge historian and mountaineer Ernest Drabble as he travels to Cornwall to inspect the decapitated head of Oliver Cromwell - a macabre artefact owned by a Dr Wilkinson. Drabble only tells one person of his plans - Harris, an old school friend and journalist. On the train to Cornwall, Drabble narrowly escapes death, and soon discovers that he has become embroiled in a pro-Nazi conspiracy headed by a high-status member of the British government. . . Meanwhile, Harris has been kidnapped and is being pressured for information... In this race against time, what fate will meet Drabble, Harris and the head of Oliver Cromwell?

Chariot on the Mountain

Chariot on the Mountain

Author: Jack Ford Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

The Secret Wife of Aaron Burr

Author: Susan Holloway Scott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/09/2019

Bone China

Bone China

Author: Laura Purcell Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2019

'Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to' Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars A Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller set on the mysterious Cornish coast from the author of The Silent Companions and The Corset 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 surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last...

Bone China

Bone China

Author: Laura Purcell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/09/2019

'Laura is a masterful writer, her deliciously gothic stories so skilfully woven that you can't get them out of your head even if you wanted to' Stacey Halls, author of The Familiars A Daphne Du Maurier-esque chiller set on the mysterious Cornish coast from the author of The Silent Companions and The Corset 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 surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last...