Historical Fiction

Top 7 Historical Fiction Books 2020

#1 A Tale of Two Cities

Novel by Charles Dickens, published both serially and in book form in 1859. The story is set in the late 18th century against the background of the French Revolution. Although Dickens borrowed from Thomas Carlyle’s history, The French Revolution, for his sprawling tale of London and revolutionary Paris, the novel offers more drama than accuracy. The scenes of large-scale mob violence are especially vivid, if superficial in historical understanding. The complex plot involves Sydney Carton’s sacrifice of his own life on behalf of his friends Charles Darnay and Lucie Manette. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess–the latter memorably caricatured in Madame Defarge, who knits beside the guillotine. 

#2 A Lady Undone: The Pirate's Captive

Grace is trapped in a loveless marriage to the stuffy English Lord, Percy DeWitt.

One night she snaps and flees from the quiet life of their English country manor to a seedy dockside tavern. Waking the next morning with no memory of the night before, she finds herself captive of the dark, but sensual Captain Morgan.

Torn between her pirate captor and her quiet life in the English countryside Grace faces serious questions about love, lust and money in this steamy, new romance on the high seas.


#3 Pride and Prejudice

Love is in the air when five sisters discover that a wealthy and eligible bachelor is suddenly within reach. But it is his friend, the haughty Mr. Darcy, who becomes smitten. Unfortunately for him, the object of his affection is not so easily swayed.

One of the most popular characters in English literature, Elizabeth Bennet is intelligent, witty, well-spoken and ahead of her time. If the terrible rumors about Mr. Darcy are true, he doesn’t stand a chance. Yet not all gossip is to be believed when marriage, money, and reputations are on the line. Will Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy circumvent her haste, his ego, and society’s expectations to find love?Written more than two centuries ago, Jane Austen’s enduring story of manners, family, and love continues to delight new generations of readers.

#4 Winning the Heart of the Mischievous Duke

A rake and a lady. An unlikely friendship that leads to desire and a plan that will go completely wrong…

Lady Esther Bowen experienced one of the worst kinds of heartbreaks when her betrothed broke off their engagement. By keeping the real reason for their break up a well-guarded secret, she is faced with all kinds of speculations from her family and gossip from the ton.

Regardless of her pain, Esther cannot let go of the man she loved, and just when all hope of being with him again is lost, a Duke with a tarnished reputation and questionable motives enters her life.

 

#5 An Unexpected Bride: A Regency Romance

When a missing lady returns to Brighton, all she wants is to protect her child. Can a marriage of convenience with an honorable gentleman save them both?

Eleanor Claridge had it all. A family that loved her, a secret romance with a handsome soldier, and a beautiful home in the seaside town of Brighton. Abducted and taken to Scotland under the ruse of a happy elopement, Eleanor was forced to marry the wicked man she had once loved. Widowed and alone, she flees on the first coach back to Brighton with her young son, vowing never to marry or trust another man again.


#6 To Kill A Mockingbird: Enhanced Edition

ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN NOVELS EVER WRITTEN’

‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’

A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man falsely charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

 

#7 The Blacksmith: A Forbidden Love Medieval Romance

Love was never part of the mission.

Will love have to wait?

Lance Wayland has a secret purpose for becoming Stanton Castle’s new smith. He and his three closest friends are the founding members of the Order of the Broken Blade, formed to blunt the power of King John, whose outrageous taxes and unjust laws have taken a toll on their country. 

To succeed, they need money and men, both of which they can get from the Earl of Stanton. Lance’s mission can only be waylaid by one thing—his interest in the earl’s lovely daughter.

Idalia knows better than to think she’ll be allowed to marry a smith.

 

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