Historical Fiction

A Quilt for Christmas by Sandra Dallas

In 1864 Eliza Spooner’s husband Will volunteers to join the Union army leaving her to take care of their Kansas farm and their two children. Eliza awaits his return and sends him a special Christmas quilt to help keep him warm. When one of her neighbors becomes a widow, Eliza opens her home to the young woman and her daughter. The two women help each other and form a special bond when they join other women in a quilting group. When Eliza is asked to hide an escaped slave she finds it in her heart to do the right thing even though it puts her own family in danger.

The Spiritglass Charade by Colleen Gleason

Beautiful and charming Evaline Stoker, sister of famous Bram, and intelligent, inventive Mina Holmes, niece of renowned Sherlock, team up for a second time in this steampunk mystery. London’s beloved princess calls upon Evaline and Mina for a personal request. One of her best friends, Miss Willa Ashton, is a seventeen-year-old beauty who is heir to a large fortune. Miss Ashton’s mother has passed away, and her ten-year-old brother has recently disappeared. Out of grief, Miss Ashton has been consulting spiritual mediums.

Flight of the sparrow : a novel of early America by Amy Belding Brown

Based on the real-life story of Mary Rowlandson (1637-1711) who lived in an outpost town in 1600’s Massachusetts this enthralling novel tells the story of Mary’s capture by Native Americans in an Indian raid.  Mary became a slave to a powerful female Indian leader and witnessed both savage cruelty and kindness while adapting to the Native American culture.  When she returned to English society and her minister husband she often felt shunned by her community and conflicted by the cruelty and prejudices imposed upon the Native Americans.  This novel gives a fresh in

The Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

Set against the backdrop of the Great Mississippi Flood during Prohibition in rural Mississippi, Tilted World tells the story of a bootlegger, her shady husband, an orphan baby, and two federal investigating agents and how their lives become entwined.  Weeks of constant rain and the impending natural disaster adds tension to this atmospheric story filled with murder and moonshine.  The strong-willed Dixie Clay who is mourning the recent death of her baby and decent, blues-loving agent Ted Ingersoll are drawn to each other in their mutual attachment to the orphan baby and thei

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

In her second novel, Valentine blends fairy tale with historical fiction by retelling Grimm’s “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” setting it in the Roaring Twenties. During the day, the Hamilton sisters are shut up in the top story of their father’s house. Ashamed of having twelve daughters and no sons, their father hides them while he waits to marry them off to advantageous matches. Some nights the girls sneak out to dance at various speakeasies around Manhattan.

The Secrets of Tree Taylor by Dandi Daley Mackall

It’s the summer of 1963 and the summer before high school for Tree Taylor. She has set two goals for herself: to experience her first kiss and to write an article important enough to earn her a reporter’s spot on the school newspaper. When a shooting takes place at the Kinney place right next door, Tree sees it as an opportunity to hone her writing skills. But to begin, Tree has to unearth the facts of the so-called “accidental shooting.” Everyone she interviews, including her dad, the local doctor, stonewalls her efforts to get to the truth.

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.

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