Historical Fiction

My Name is Resolute by Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner’s latest is a gripping adventure novel following the tumultuous life of a young woman named Resolute Talbot.  At the tender age of 11, Resolute and her sister are snatched from her family’s Jamaican plantation in 1729 by Saracen pirates, never to see their family again. She is forced into indentured servitude by hard-edged Puritans, and finally gains her freedom as a young woman.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Set on a plantation in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803, this novel explores the relationship between two young girls that progresses over thirty-five years.  Sarah, the daughter of the plantation owner, is given for her eleventh birthday ownership of ten-year-old Handful who is to be her handmaid.  The two form a unique bond, learning much from each other and the differences there are between being free and slave.  Sarah is a brilliant and eager student, but she finds out that a young woman’s place is not in education, but in preparing

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

Known as the Killer Duke, Temple was accused of murdering Mara Lowe, his father's bride-to-be, on the night before the wedding. Isolating himself from the life he knew, he has spent the last 12 years as a boxer in an exclusive gaming club. When Mara appears and offers to clear his name, Temple feels relief because he has no memory of what happened that night. Also wanting to enact revenge on Mara, he strikes a deal that will reveal more about Mara's past and the decisions of that fateful night. Humor, passion, and great character development make this a Regency Romance not be missed.

Whistle in the Dark by Susan L. HIll

On his 13th  birthday, Clem is forced to quit school and start working in the local coal mines alongside his father. His younger sister has epilepsy and his income is needed to help with medical bills.  His grandfather lives with them and suffers from minor’s consumption.  He checks the mailbox every day, hoping for a compensation check.  And then a deadly tornado tears through the town while Clem is in the mines.  

Longbourn by Jo Baker

Author Jo Baker delivers another look into Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice by reimagining life inside Longbourn from the servants’ perspective. In Longbourn, the Bennet’s lives are peripheral to those of their longtime domestic staff, Mr. and Mrs. Hill. Mr. Hill serves as butler. Mrs. Hill, housekeeper and cook, directs housemaid Sarah with a deft hand and genuine familial affection. Sarah, in turn, instructs second housemaid, Polly.

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