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10 Historical Fiction Reads for Spring

As flowers bloom... we read!

From our friends at BookSparks

Spring is the season of embarking on literary adventures to another place, time and era…and these 10 incredible escapes satisfy our insatiable wanderlust. If you’re craving a whirlwind adventure of history, thrill, and suspense, be sure to add these titles to your bookshelf immediately!

A Ring of Truth by Michelle Cox

A 1930s Chicagoan love story with a heavy dose of thrilling mystery – we bet we have your attention. If you aren’t already addicted to Clive and Henrietta’s epic love story we recommend you indulge your imagination with the first book and then move on to A Ring Of Truth – the absolutely unputdownable sequel that centers around Clive’s mysterious fortune and strange wrath of his affluent family.    

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

This long-awaited father-son story features Abraham Lincoln and paints a vibrant humanistic portrait of a man we love (but admittedly know so little about). A mesmerizing tale that became an instant #1 New York Times bestseller upon its release, Lincoln in the Bardo is the literary event every fervent reader needs to experience this spring.

 

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Two amazing women, a traveling circus and the need to survive…if you aren’t already ordering this book for your spring adventures, you need to immediately. When 16-year-old Noa is impregnated by a Nazi and forced to give up her baby, she turns to a German circus for refuge – but will a friendship made there be her ultimate demise? A new level of European thrill on every page, The Orphan’s Tale is sure to touch every soul.

 

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Nadia and Saeed abandon their homeland as their country enters a devastating civil war. But will fleeing save their lives or destroy their identities forever? A poignant story of love and finding courage in the face of devastation, Exit West is one of the most profoundly touching historical fiction reading experiences of 2017.    

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee 

A breathtaking and stunningly told saga about a pregnant Korean girl who flees to Japan to start a new life and the enduring consequences for her family, Pachinko is as moving as global family dramas can be. If you’re craving a story that will make your family problems pale in comparison, it’s time to pick up and devour this gorgeous historical fiction read.  

 

The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey

 

Four immigrant women transform their oppressive circumstances and the shackles of their cultural traditions into dreams through a pottery-making club. We sense a future Oprah book club pick here. This multicultural literary gem explores the surprising effects of culture and leaves every reader starkly reminded of the power of immigrant dreams.

 

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

If you’re a fan of British drama, then you need this historical fiction treat in your life. An engaging literary trifecta of World War II drama, German spies and ancestral homes, this suspenseful wartime romance and family drama will leave your heart windswept by its unforgettable characters and unpredictable plot.

 

The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

 

A historical fiction hit that doubles as a one-way ticket across the world, The Fortunate Ones transports readers on a journey from World War II Austria to contemporary Los Angeles. Combine that with a dramatic friendship between two women and the darkly painful secrets they share and you have a novel sure to captivate your imagination.

 

Stolen Beauty by Laurie Lico Albanese

Calling all art aficionados: this flawlessly researched tale that combines the heartbreak of World War II with art, love, and family will completely steal your heart. A multigenerational tale that captures two epic love affairs that connect an aunt to her niece, there is no chance you won’t be addicted from the first sentence.  

 

The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Based on a true story and the historically legendary fire that devastated Maine, The Stars Are Fire explores the life of one extraordinary girl who is forced to rebuild her life from ashes. When the flames tear her family apart, Grace Holland must face one of life’s most testing questions: will she succumb to devastation or will she rise again?

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