Historical Fiction

West of the Moon by Margi Preus

After Astri’s mother dies, her father decides to leave Norway to seek his fortune in America.  He sends Astri and her sister Greta to live with their aunt and uncle. Her aunt sells Astri to a mean goat herder who abuses hardworking Astri until she runs away. Astri returns to her aunt and uncle’s house to get Greta so they can follow their father. They travel to the coast and find a boat bound for America. Astri pays for her passage and Greta stows away. The voyage in steerage is treacherous with rough seas and disease.

China Dolls by Lisa See

Set in 1938 in San Francisco just prior to the opening of the World’s Fair on Treasure Island three young women meet while seeking employment at the Forbidden City night club.  All three Chinese-American women come from different backgrounds, yet they find a common bond in the world of adult nightclubs.  Grace Lee has fled an abusive home in the Midwest and has no idea what it means to be Chinese.  Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown who tries to protect her reputation and disapproves of her working in the nightclub.  Ruby Tom has ambition that w

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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