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Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your Skills

Here is a list of the best Historical Fiction books, some I have read myself, some that I did research on, and all have great reviews!

1. The Tuscan Secret: An absolutely gripping, emotional, World War 2 historical novel (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your Skillsis distraught when her beloved mother, , passes away. She inherits a box of papers, handwritten in Italian and yellowed with age, and a tantalising promise that the truth about what happened during the war lies within.The diaries lead Anna to the small village of Rofelle, where she slowly starts to heal as she explores sun-kissed olive groves, and pieces together her mother’s past: happy days spent herding sheep across Tuscan meadows cruelly interrupted when World War Two erupted and the Nazis arrived; fleeing her home to join the Resistenza; and risking everything to protect an injured…
Author(s): Angela Petch

2. The Alice Network: A Novel (2017)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFeaturing an exclusive excerpt from Kate Quinn’s next incredible historical novel, THE HUNTRESS NEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY BESTSELLER#1 GLOBE AND MAIL HISTORICAL FICTION BESTSELLEROne of NPR’s Best Books of the Year!One of Bookbub’s Biggest Historical Fiction Books of the Year!Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick!The 2017 Girly Book Club Book of the Year!A Summer Book Pick from Good Housekeeping, Parade, Library Journal, Goodreads, Liz and Lisa, and BookBub In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a…
Author(s): Kate Quinn

3. Flight of the Sparrow: A Novel of Early America (2014)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsMassachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people. Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a…
Author(s): Amy Belding Brown

4. The Point of Light (Historical Fiction) (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsMay 1940 – Paris. On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Claire hears the devastating news: the German army has invaded her homeland, and her beloved Paris has fallen. Within months, her life is turned upside-down. She takes in an orphaned Jewish toddler only days before her beloved German-born husband Remy is forcibly conscripted into the Nazi army. In desperation she connects with other young members of the French Resistance, determined to fight back in whatever way she can. Armed only with her wits and her 35mm camera, she looks for the one photograph that will expose the…
Author(s): John Ellsworth

5. The Secret Letter: Gripping and heartbreaking WW2 historical fiction (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your Skillsreceives a letter addressed to her in neat, unfamiliar handwriting, she notices the postmark is stamped from Germany – and it sends shivers down her spine… is devastated by the loss of her best friend, shy and gentle Lotte, cruelly snatched from her and sent to a concentration camp – the Star of David sewn on her faded, brown coat. As the Nazi’s power takes hold, Magda realizes she’s not like the other girls in her German village – she hates the fanatical new rules of the Hitler Youth. So Magda secretly joins The White Rose Movement and begins to rebel against the oppressive, frightening world around her.But when an English RAF…
Author(s): Debbie Rix

6. Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel (2017)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsPino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He’s a normal Italian teenager—obsessed with music, food, and girls—but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior.In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat. But after Pino is injured, he is recruited at the tender age of eighteen to become the personal driver for Adolf…
Author(s): Mark Sullivan

7. The Nightingale: A Novel (2017)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFrance, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.Vianne’s…
Author(s): Kristin Hannah

8. Before We Were Yours: A Novel (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFor readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”* Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their…
Author(s): Lisa Wingate

9. America’s First Daughter: A Novel (2016)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFrom her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father's troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love–with her father's…
Author(s): Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie

10. Love & War (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsTrue love never stops believing…When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found….
Author(s): Melissa Storm

11. The Hideaway (2017)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsIn this USA TODAY and Amazon Charts Bestseller, Sara is wrenched back to Sweet Bay, Alabama, by her grandmother’s will, where she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever knew in her life. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags’s ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged…
Author(s): Lauren K. Denton

12. A Column of Fire: A Novel (Kingsbridge) (2018)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsAs Europe erupts, can one young spy protect his queen? #1 New York Times bestselling author Ken Follett takes us deep into the treacherous world of powerful monarchs, intrigue, murder, and treason with his magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire.   In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.    Ned Willard wants nothing more…
Author(s): Ken Follett

13. Mask Of Duplicity (The Jacobite Chronicles) (Volume 1) (2015)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsFollowing the death of their father, Beth’s brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth’s hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way. Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but…
Author(s): Julia Brannan

14. The Victory Garden: A Novel (2019)

Best Historical Fiction Books to Master Your SkillsAs the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort. She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage.When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating…
Author(s): Rhys Bowen

Discover the best Historical Fiction in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Kindle Store Best Sellers. Books shelved as historical-fiction: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, The Help Lists about: Best Historical Fiction, Best Woman-Authored Books, YA Books Far Better than Twilight, Smart Summer Reads, Best Historical Mystery, Recommen 50 Essential Historical Fiction Books. Whether or not you consider yourself a fan of historical fiction, you’ve heard the names Hilary Mantel, Eleanor Catton, Anthony Doerr and Kristin Hannah repeatedly over recent years. Whittling all historical fiction books into one manageable list is impossible, truly. Instead of putting together a list of the 223,546 best historical fiction books, I opted instead for adult historical fiction showstoppers that present a wide array of time periods, places, characters, and more.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some historical fiction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Return of the Mughal: Historical Fiction and Despotism in Colonial India, 1863–1908

Author(s): Alex Padamsee
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK,Palgrave Pivot, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2314112

The Victorian World: Facts and Fictions

Author(s): Ginger S. Frost
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2352576

The Vikings: Facts and Fictions

Author(s): Kirsten Wolf; Tristan Mueller-Vollmer
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Year: 2018, Size: 7 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2352580

Investigating Italy's Past through Historical Crime Fiction, Films, and TV Series: Murder in the Age of Chaos

Author(s): Barbara Pezzotti
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2016, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1583037

Heartland: A Historical Drama about the Internment of German-Americans in the United States during World War II

Author(s): Lojo Simon, Anita Simons
Publisher: SensePublishers, Year: 2014, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1164694

Genealogical Fictions: Cultural Periphery and Historical Change in the Modern Novel

Author(s): Welge, Jobst
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Year: 2014, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1424979

Exoticizing the Past in Contemporary Neo-Historical Fiction

Author(s): Elodie Rousselot (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1480121

The Detective as Historian : History and Art in Historical Crime Fiction

Author(s): Ray B. Browne, Lawrence A. Kreiser, Jr.; Robin W. Winks
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press, Year: 2014, Size: 27 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2384868

Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (and Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths

Author(s): Susanne Alleyn
Publisher: Spyderwort Press, Year: 2013, Size: 879 Kb, Download: mobi
ID: 1351194

Reading Historical Fiction: The Revenant and Remembered Past

Author(s): Kate Mitchell, Nicola Parsons (eds.)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Year: 2013, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1478396

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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