Historical Fiction

For those who love a dose of solid history with their well-written story.

  • Historical Fiction: Juicy

    • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

      You know the story – literary super couple, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald meet, fall madly in love and then: Don’t. Stop. Partying. In NYC, in Paris, in the South of France, until it all goes to hell; however, you’ve probably never heard it from Zelda’s perspective before.In this delightfully...


    • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

      Juliet Ashton, a writer in 1946 London, is surprised to receive a letter from a man who read a second-hand book inscribed with her name and address. A resident of Guernsey (one of the Channel Islands), he tells Juliet how an impromptu book club helped him and his friends cope...


    • 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 Painted Girls

      Degas’ famous sculpture, “Little Dancer Aged Fourteen,” has been admired for over a decade: here is the multi-perspective story behind the ballerina upon which the painting is based.Set during ‘La Belle Epoque’ in Paris during the 1880s (and involving one real-life murder trial), we are introduced to three, fatherless sisters...


    • Longbourn

      In this Upstairs / Downstairs treatment of Pride and Prejudice – Austen’s classic is retold from the servants’ perspective. With muddy dresses to clean, shoe roses to procure, and chamber pots to empty – this endearing group of characters experience their own share of drama – most of which revolves...


    • Island Beneath the Sea

      In this engaging novel that takes us from the island of Saint Dominigue to New Orleans, Allende introduces us to a cast of vivid characters including Tété, a slave of mixed race, and Toulouse Valmorain, a French plantation owner.  Rich in both emotion and historical detail, Allende fans will delight...


    • 419

      In Nigeria, “419” refers to a code of law dealing with fraud. In this suspenseful story about desperate acts – and the difficult reasons behind them – Ferguson takes readers to Africa to discover the how and why behind the world of fraudulent emails – and the four people whose...


    • Between Shades of Grey

      Fifteen-year old Lina’s world is torn apart when she is deported from Lithuania to a Siberian work camp. Inspired by the real-life stories of the survivors of Stalin’s reign of terror (during which time over 20 million people were killed), this novel tells of suffering and hope under unbearably harsh...


    • 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 Orenda

      Set in 17th-century Canada, this powerful narrative alternates between a Huron warrior, an Iroquois girl, and a French Jesuit missionary. Punctuated by descriptions of the daily life and spiritual beliefs of the Huron people, (including the orenda – the life force of all things), the novel follows the cultural clashes and...


    • The Buddha in the Attic

      In the 1920s, an influx of Japanese mail-order brides arrived in San Francisco to find that they have been duped into marrying men who would use them as migrant workers. As they became mothers of children who rejected them for their ‘Japanese-ness,’ and were labeled as traitors by American society...


    • Boy, Snow, Bird

      In this modern, dark update of the classic Snow White, Boy Novak runs away from her abusive father, and finds solace in a small town in Massachusetts. When she marries Arturo and becomes a stepmother to the loveable Snow, Boy’s personal prejudices are challenged. To say more would be to...


    • The Power of One

      This is the fabulous story of “Peekay”, a young English boy growing up in South Africa during World War II. Despite being surrounded by cruelty and violence, he turns to influential mentors who help him to find the power to fulfil his dreams of becoming a welterweight boxing champion. Perfect...


    • Painter of Silence

      Starting in the 1930s and progressing through both WWII and the Communist occupation in Romania, Silence tells the story of Augustin, a deaf-mute man, and Safta, the little girl from his childhood. Augustin, the son of a cook at the Manor House, and Safta, the privileged daughter, reunite on the...


    • The Rules of Civility – The Critics’ Take Pick (September 2013)

      Told through a female perspective, this Gatsby-esque tale introduces us to up-and-comer Katey Kontent as the thirties come to a hedonistic end in Manhattan. Katey’s perspective leads us into a world of privilege, charm and identity crises as three characters are bonded forever after one, unexpected New Year’s eve. Perfect...


    • In the Time of the Butterflies

      The tyrannical Trujillo government of the 1960s in the Dominican Republic sets the stage for this wonderful story of the three Mirabel sisters (known as ‘the butterflies’) who risked their lives to defy the government. Based on a true story. Perfect for: • Lovers of women’s fiction set in Latin...


    • The End of the Point

      In Ashaunt Point, Massachusetts, three generations of the Porter family live out their family chronicles (along with a wonderful, Scottish nanny, Bea, thrown in along the way), spanning the backdrop of WWII up until modern times. Great for: • Those who enjoy novels written in diary / letter form. •...


    • 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...


    • Life After Life

      In parallel worlds, Ursula Todd lives and dies – in this trippy story of ‘sliding doors,’ Atkinson follows Ursula as she succumbs to death periodically in early to mid-20th century England, only to continue her existence in the following chapters and develop a sixth sense of impending doom. She’s like...


    • 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 Dream of Scipio

      I don’t know how he pulls this off: in this brilliant interweaving of three stories during three critical times in Western history – the end of the Roman Empire; the Black Plague in France; Nazi-occupied Europe – Iain Pears brings us a philosophical novel about civilization – and how quickly...


    • 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...


    • Loving Frank

      A scandalous novel based on the real-life affair between Mamah Borthwick and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. One of my all-time favourites. Great for: • Readers who enjoy historical fiction • Anyone interested in powerful female narratives • Those unfamiliar with Wright’s earlier works and inspiration


    • Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

      This gorgeous narrative tells the story of Italian captain Antonio Corelli and his love for Pelagia. Set alongside the horrors committed against the Italians during 1943, Mandolin uses alternate perspectives to convey the horror of war and the hope provided by enduring love. Great for: • Readers looking for brilliant...


    • Fall on Your Knees

      A gorgeous story spanning four generations of a Canadian family, this page-turner begins in the early 20th century when James Piper marries Materia, a teenage, Lebanese girl from a wealthy family. When the couple give birth to Kathleen, a dangerous obsession develops for which many family members will pay the...


    • 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...


    • Atonement

      This stunning literary accomplishment follows Briony Tallis and her relationship with her older sister, Cecilia. When Briony tells a lie after witnessing an encounter between Cecilia and Robbie, the son of the housekeeper, a set of regretful events are set into motion. Spanning years and showcasing McEwan’s talent, Atonement is...