Historical Fiction

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: December 17 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science?

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: November 29 2018
Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

High adventure fraught with cliffhanger twists marks this runaway-slave narrative, which leaps, sails, and soars from Caribbean cane fields to the fringes of the frozen Arctic and across a whole ocean.

November Road by Lou Berney

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: November 6 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

A street lieutenant for a New Orleans mob boss flees when his knowledge about JFK's assassination makes him a target, a situation that is dangerously complicated by his relationship with housewife escaping a failed marriage.

Daughter of A Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: September 11 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the first woman to ever serve in the US Army "Here's the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it." 

Circe by Madeline Miller

Date Posted: September 5 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Follows Circe, the banished witch daughter of Helios, as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.

A Day Like Any Other by Genie Henderson

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Recommended By: Tricia in Adult Reference
Date Posted: August 29 2018
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3/5)

The true story of an unpredicted hurricane that destroyed the east end of Long Island in 1938, told through the experiences of a fictional cast of locals. 

Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: July 24 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Drawn into and then banished from exclusive Winthrop Island when a complex relationship between her step-sister and a working-class college youth ends in violence, a Shakespearean actress returns after 20 years to pursue justice.

Dear Mrs. Bird by A J Pierce

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Recommended By: Amy in Adult Reference
Date Posted: July 9 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

An adventurous young woman takes a typist job to assist the war effort and lands in the employ of a renowned advice columnist before she begins secretly replying to heart-wrenching letters rejected as unsuitable.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: February 1 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

When her father impulsively moves the family to mid-1970s Alaska to live off the land, young Leni and her mother are forced to confront the dangers of their lack of preparedness in the wake of a dangerous winter season.

Varina by Charles Frazier

Book Categories: Historical Fiction
Date Posted: April 16 2018
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Forced by limited prospects to marry much-older widower Jefferson Davis, teenaged Varina Howell finds her expectations as the wife of a Mississippi landowner upended by his appointment as the leader of the Confederacy, a situation that renders her and her children fugitives in a divided and increasingly hostile nation.

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