Historical Fiction

Historical fiction presents a story set in the past, often during a significant time period. In historical fiction, the time period is an important part of the setting and often of the story itself.

Historical fiction may include fictional characters, well-known historical figures or a mixture of the two. Authors of historical fiction usually pay close attention to the details of their stories (settings, clothing, dialogue, etc.) to ensure that they fit the time periods in which the narratives take place.

 

In some historical fiction, famous events appear from points of view not recorded in history, showing historical figures dealing with actual events while depicting them in a way that is not recorded in history. Other times, the historical event or time period complements a story's narrative, forming a framework and background for the characters' lives. Sometimes, historical fiction can be for the most part true, but the names of people and places have been in some way altered.

As this is fiction, artistic license is permitted in regard to presentation and subject matter, so long as it does not deviate in significant ways from established history. If events should deviate significantly, the story may then fall into the genre of alternate history, which is known for speculating on what could have happened if a significant historical event had gone differently. On a similar note, events occurring in historical fiction must adhere to the laws of physics. Stories that extend into the magical or fantastic are often considered historical fantasy.

Historical Fiction

From the New York Times bestselling author, Lauren Willig, comes this scandalous New York Gilded Age novel full of family secrets, affairs, and even m...
The English Wife by Lauren Willig

January 10, 2018

Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the un...
The Road to Bittersweet by Donna Everhart

January 7, 2018

CeCe D’Aplièse has never felt she fitted in anywhere. Following the death of her father, the elusive billionaire Pa Salt – so-called by the six daught...
The Pearl Sister by Lucinda Riley

December 20, 2017

A Question Of Trust is vintage Penny Vincenzi: rich with characters, life-changing decisions, glamour, love, desire and conflict. 1950s London. Tom Kn...
A Question of Trust by Penny Vincenzi

December 8, 2017

On the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frig...
Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

December 7, 2017

The dramatic story of a young woman’s war – full of heartache and triumph from the bestselling author of Christmas on the Mersey and London Belles Kit...
Winter On The Mersey by Annie Groves

November 24, 2017

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The Land Girls at Christmas by Jenny Holmes

November 17, 2017

Revenge is worth its weight in gold. When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Th...
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

November 11, 2017

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The Island at the End of Everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

November 9, 2017

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Montana Promise by Caroline Fyffe

November 7, 2017

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even...
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

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From perennial bestseller Diane Chamberlain, a compelling new novel In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the lo...
The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain

October 4, 2017

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire was preserved, not by the cost of blood and theft but by effort of repatriation and promises kept,...
That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

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An incredible story of dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice. The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when he...
The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd

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Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

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Fearless Heart by Kara Griffin

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In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad t...
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

September 19, 2017

In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously bet...
A Column of Fire by Ken Follett

September 12, 2017

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September 7, 2017

Being shunned by Society gives Charlotte Holmes the time and freedom to put her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. As “Sherlock Holmes, co...
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas

September 6, 2017