Looking for reading recommendations?  Here are new historical fiction titles, recently added to the collection, as well as some older titles you may have missed.  Click on the title to check availability.


Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini (2020)

In 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards is shocked to learn her estranged sister, Mary Todd Lincoln, has tried to take her own life. This event causes Elizabeth to look back on her fraught relationship with her famous sister.

The Girl in the White Gloves: A Novel of Grace Kelly  by Kerri Maher (2020)

Hungry for her art and hopeful for the future, young Grace Kelly has the world at her feet. MGM’s rising queen is poised to win the Oscar, but she chafes at the studio’s increasing restrictions on her life. When an unexpected friendship develops between her and Prince Rainier of Monaco, she faces the tempting possibility of a new role–one that offers the power and stability she craves

The Grace Kelly Dress  by Brenda Janowitz (2020)

Two years after Grace Kelly’s royal wedding, her iconic dress is still all the rage in Paris–and one replica, and the secrets it carries, will inspire three generations of women to forge their own paths in life and in love.

King at the Edge of the World by Arthur Phillips (2020)

Queen Elizabeth I is dying. With no heir for the kingdom, potential successors secretly maneuver to be in position when the inevitable occurs. The leading candidate is King James VI of Scotland, but there is a problem. The queen’s spymasters fear that James’ claim to be a Protestant are untrue. If he secretly shares his family’s Catholicism, then forty years of religious war will have been for nothing, and a bloodbath will ensue. It falls to Geoffrey Belloc to devise a test to discover the true nature of King James’s soul. Belloc enlists Mahmoud Ezzedine, a Muslim physician from the Ottoman Empire, as his undercover agent.

Simon the Fiddler by Paulette Jiles (2020)

In March 1865, the long and bitter War between the States is winding down. Till now, twenty-three-year-old Simon Boudlin has evaded military duty. But following a barroom brawl in Victoria, Texas, Simon finds himself conscripted, however belatedly, into the Confederate Army. Luckily his talent with a fiddle gets him a comparatively easy position in a regimental band.

Here are some older historical fiction titles:

Tidelands by Philippa Gregory (2019)

Midsummer’s Eve, 1648, England is in the grip of civil war. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in a suspicious country, Alinor’s ambition and determination marks her out from her neighbors. But this is the time of witch-mania, when it is dangerous for a woman to be different.

Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (2014)

Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today.” She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain (2015)

Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman–Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoir Out of Africa.

Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer (2008)

After World War II, a journalist corresponds with residents of the island, who resisted the Nazi occupation.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles  (2016)

In 1870, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd is asked to deliver a 10-year-old German girl back to her relatives in San Antonio in exchange for $50 in gold, he agrees. Johanna’s parents had been killed by the Kiowa, but she was spared and was raised as one of their own for four years. Facing a 400-mile journey filled with threats of ambush and an uncooperative charge, Captain Kidd wonders if his choice to deliver the girl was the right one.

Enchantress of Numbers : a novel of Ada Lovelace by Jennifer Chiaverini. (2017)

Educated in math and science by her mother, the only legitimate child of Lord Byron is introduced into London society before forging a bond with Charles Babbage and using her talents to become the world’s first computer programmer.

The Women of Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell (2019)

In 1913, Annie Clements has spent her whole life in the town of Calumet, Michigan. The men work in the coal mines and the women work in the elite homes. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

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