Historical Fiction: Juicy

Same as above. Different writing. More sex and romance.

  • The Obituary Writer

    In 1919, Violet is an obituary writer who pines for a lost love. Stuck in 1960s suburbia, Claire is unhappily married to a guy who looks good on paper but doesn't get her. The narrative alternates between both women as they struggle to move forward in their emotional lives. The...


  • 11/22/63

    A time-traveling portal in the back of a diner that can rewrite history and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy? Yes, please. Perfect For: Lovers of alternative, historical narratives Readers skeptical of King's lauded place as one of the masters of plot. Anyone who enjoys reading about a high school teacher given...


  • Somewhere in France

    Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to be taken seriously. When WWI hits, she defies her parents, moves to London to work as a nurse, and engages in a heated love affair with an off-limits, Scottish surgeon. Perfect for: Lovers of juicy, historical fiction set in WWI London. Anyone unfamiliar with the...


  • Juliet

    When her Aunt Rose dies, Julie Jacobs is bequeathed a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, Italy. The key turns out to be both a literal and metaphorical link to her past. Her supposed ancestor, Giulietta Tolomei, fell in love with Romeo Marescotti – and we can guess...


  • The Virgin Cure

    Set in the tenements of Lower Manhattan in 1871, 12-year-old ‘Moth’ is sold into servitude (by her mother, no less) for a wealthy woman. Treated cruelly by her mistress, Moth escapes to The Bowery – an area filled with thieves, beggars, freaks, and prostitutes, where she eventually meets Miss Everett,...


  • London: The Novel

    Two thousand years of London are summed up in this sprawling historical novel that follows families across multiple generations. The cast is huge, but the star role belongs to the city of London itself. Caesar’s invasion, the rise of chivalry, the London fire, and (of course) Henry the VIII –...


  • The Lost Wife

    In an amazing twist of fate, Joseph and Lenka, separated as young lovers by the Nazi invasion of Prague, meet again in New York, at a wedding of their respective grandchildren. This evocative story takes us back in time, alternating between Lenka’s experiences as a victim of the war’s atrocities,...


  • Those Who Save Us

    Anna, born in Germany, has been tight-lipped for fifty years regarding her personal experience during WWII. When her daughter, Trudy, was three years old, an American soldier brought them both to Minnesota. Trudy, a professor of German history, doesn’t know anything about her mother’s haunting past – including the identity...


  • Not Me

    Michael Rosenheim, a divorced stand-up comedian, is helping to care for his father, who has Alzheimer’s disease, when he discovers his father’s old journals. They seem to suggest that Michael’s father isn’t really a Holocaust survivor at all, but a Nazi accountant who pretended to be Jewish in order to...


  • The Gargoyle

    Our nameless narrator is driving on a dark road: when he’s distracted by a bevy of flying arrows and crashes, his whole body suffers terrible burns and he’s sent to a specialized ward to recover. Immersed in mental and physical suffering, he concludes that he has no reason to live....


  • Outlander

    After WWII, Claire Randall, an English nurse visiting the Scottish Highlands, unwittingly falls into a time warp that blasts her into 1743. Without her husband.Caught up in the intrigues of the time, she soon meets a handsome, young Scotsman and passions, um, ignite. To say the least.  In this highly...


  • The House at Riverton

    In this juicy read, Grace, a former servant for the Hartford family at their English manor, reveals long-kept secrets. As we learn about the house – now infamous as the site of a tragic event that occurred at a midsummer’s night party in 1924 – Grace also recalls her life...


  • The Art of Devotion

    On a gorgeous Mediterranean island, Sophie’s children, the beautiful and gifted, Adora, and her equally gorgeous and beloved brother, Sebastien – live an idyllic life. Flash forward twenty years where we meet Genevieve & Miranda: both women affected and forever connected by the devastation, betrayal and loss experienced on that...


  • A Reliable Wife

    In the early 1900s, Catherine Land travels to Wisconsin after reading wealthy Ralph Truitt’s advertisement for a ‘reliable wife.’ Secret pasts, intrigue and (a lot of) sex ensue as both characters try and fulfill their own agendas while negotiating their new arrangement. Great for: • Readers who love romantic historical...


  • The Time Traveler’s Wife

    Who knew time travel could be so believable? Toggling through time, the novel tells the story of Henry (time traveller) and Clare (artist) who fall in love. But that’s not it: they must deal with the unpredictability of Henry’s ‘condition’ – one which manifests in an unexplained ability to travel...


  • Once We Were Brothers

    Elliott Rosenzweig is a Chicago philanthropist. Ben Solomon is a golf starter. Both are Holocaust survivors – or so it seems. When Elliott is accused of working as a former Nazi – the narrative delves into the story of a Christian boy taken in by a Jewish family who may...


  • The Imposter Bride

    In 1946 Montreal, Lily Azirov – a Holocaust survivor weighed down by a haunted past and immeasurable grief – marries Nathan Krakauer. When she mysteriously disappears, the narrative alternates between her story – in the third person – and that of her daughter Ruth’s – as Ruth tries to understand...


  • The Language of Flowers

    Victoria Jones has a gift with flowers: through her arrangements she is able to fix other people’s troubles. Despite a challenging childhood – replete with a painful secret – Victoria must now learn to navigate a way towards healing herself and open up to a world of beauty that she...


  • Kane and Abel

    A modern-ish take on the classic Cain and Abel story, this page-turning tale from Jeffrey Archer (in his early years as the master storyteller) follows two men – born on the same day – living vastly different lives: William Lowell Kane, born into wealth and privilege, grows up in Boston...


  • Marjorie Morningstar

    Aside from some dated views on women, Morningstar remains a riveting read as we follow Marjorie’s desire to become an actress in New York (circa 1930s), and her affair with her pretentious director, Noel. Great for:Those looking for a page-turnerMostly female readersLovers of the ‘bohemian lifestyle’If you loved the book, rent...


  • The Linnet Bird

    Meet Linny Gow: born into a world of prostitution and poverty in Liverpool, Linny reinvents herself in this disturbing tale that spans both Britain and Colonial India.Great for:Lovers of Colonialist-set literatureThose interested in dysfunctional childhoodsA sweeping story that spans decadesIf you liked the book, rent the movie(s): 


  • The Pillars of the Earth

    Whether you love it or hate it (those are really the only two camps the book’s readers fall into), make your own decision as you follow the building of a majestic cathedral told through multiple characters in twelfth-century England. Great for:Architecture lovers (take it with a grain of salt)…Lovers of multiple-character...


  • The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.

    Meet the woman who will rule Napoleon’s heart and, to some extent, France, in this gripping, historical novel that spans the entire lifetime of Josephine Bonaparte. Great for:Those interested in historical fictionThose interested in books about powerful womenThose who need a damn good story 


  • The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Biographical Novel of Michelangelo

    An imaginative retelling of the artist Michelangelo's life in 16th century Florence.Great for:Those interested in artLovers of historical fictionReaders of the Renaissance (and all the drama of the Medicis)…