Hey lovely readers!
Here it is my weekly recommendations post! This week I decided to mix it up a bit and offer you guys a range of different genres, historical fiction won by a landslide. So here they are, 5 of my favorite historical fiction books!
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
“When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.
But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York. Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.”
Full disclosure: I am obsessed with Tudor era history and I absolutely love Elizabeth York. I also love anything written by Philippa Gregory. Just thought I should warn you 😉 I know she sometimes gets crap for her books, but I’ve always loved them. This book focuses on Elizabeth York and her marriage to Henry VII. I mean it’s full of historical England, mystery, sex lies, deceit, it’s just fun! If you like Tudor history you’ll love this! And the Starz mini series is great too!
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
“In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.”
So this has got to be my favorite historical fiction novel of all time. I actually visited Japan when I was 15 years old and it was the most amazing experience. I actually got to meet and talk with some Geisha. After that I devoured anything to do with Japanese culture. I will say that this book has sparked some controversy, but I love it and one of the girls I met suggested it to me so I stand by it <3 It’s obviously fiction and dramatized, but it is truly fascinating. I also own the movie which is just wonderful. If you want to know more about these amazing woman this book is for you, it’s a beautiful story.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
“In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947—are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.
1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the “Queen of Spies”, who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth…no matter where it leads.”
Oh my goodness guys this book was amazing. I had to read it for a class a few weeks ago and I fell in love. It’s based on an actual organization which I have always been fascinated with. Plus it incorporates both world wars, London, and bad ass female spies. Umm yes please. I don’t want to spoil anything so I’ll just leave you with this: FEMALE SPIES! I MEAN COME ON!!!!
The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman #1) by Paullina Simons
“The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
Ugh my heart breaks just thinking about this book. It was brutally beautiful. I mean the most heart wrenching love story. It has everything I love to read in historical fiction: romance, mystery, bravery, and of course I love the World War II setting. Tatiana and Alexander are just perfect together. And that secret he’s keeping, oh my gosh. I love this book so much. It is a bit slow going at the beginning, but it definitely keeps you interested. I haven’t read the rest of the series yet, but I absolutely plan to. This book is amazing.
The Alienist (Dr. Laszlo Kreizler #1) by Caleb Carr
“The year is 1896. The city is New York. Newspaper reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned by his friend Dr. Laszlo Kreizler—a psychologist, or “alienist”—to view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy abandoned on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge. From there the two embark on a revolutionary effort in criminology: creating a psychological profile of the perpetrator based on the details of his crimes. Their dangerous quest takes them into the tortured past and twisted mind of a murderer who will kill again before their hunt is over.”
You guys this one is amazing! I absolutely love the late 1800’s time period and this was the first book I read that was set in the United States at this time. Usually I stick to historical fiction set in Europe (it’s my favorite). I actually read this a few years ago and the again when the mini series aired on TNT a few months ago. I really love stories about serial killers and psychiatrists so this was perfect for me. The hunt for this killer is riveting and all of the characters are surprisingly diverse for the time period. This a really great, fast paced read, and the twists and turns were great!
Well that’s it lovelies! I hope you find your next great read here!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! <3 Adrianna
*All covers and synopsis from Goodreads