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Year of Wonders
Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Historical Fiction)
Well written tale of small English community isolated by the plague in 1666. How the plague arrived, its devastation and how the village coped, or tried to, are the heart of this story. -- Added by Indysteve7 on 02/25/2017

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Rise to Rebellion
Rise to Rebellion by Jeff Shaara (Historical Fiction)
The Shaaras, father and son can't be beat in their talent for writing historical fiction. This one is so well written it's like "you are there" with Washington, Franklin and all the rest remembered from the break with England. -- Added by lhannon on 02/22/2017

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As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (Historical Fiction)
The tale of the Bundren family and their journey to bury their mother, this book deals with the psychology and bad luck of each character. Each chapter is told through the eyes of each character as they tell their point of view on the relationship between each other and their lives. Great read, though the prose can be a bit daunting at first. -- Added by vcastillo90 on 02/22/2017

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The Flame Bearer
The Flame Bearer by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Fiction)
recommend> the latest in the "saxon tale" and a good read. -- Added by edger on 02/21/2017

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The Life of Objects
The Life of Objects by Susanna Moore (Historical Fiction)
This a World War II story told from the perspective of a young Irishwoman, Beatrice, who leaves her "dull" Ireland life to become a lace maker in Berlin. She is adopted into a German family but she can't quite understand their bizzare behavior and obsession with posessions, luxury and "hunger for beauty". It's 1938, and Germany is under Nazi leadership so while families are preparing for war, her family concentrates on saving their material possessions by hiding them or securing them with friends. Beatrice is tasked with packing their treasures and while she understands little about the political situation in Europe, it has a profound effect on her life. This was a great read about the buildup to World War II and the daily life of a wealthy German family. I will be looking for more books by this author! -- Added by efoland on 02/20/2017

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Karolina's Twins
Karolina's Twins by Ronald H. Balson (Historical Fiction)
A saga inspired by true events of a Holocaust. An elderly woman, enlists the help of a legal team to help her solve the mystery of missisng children that she believes were misplaced during the Holocaust. Througout the novel you hear her stories of living through the atrocity of the Holocaust. She has secrets unknown to her legal team and they work to help her solve the mystery of the missing children while trying to unveil her secrets. A captivating read and I hope to read more from this author! -- Added by efoland on 02/20/2017

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The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Historical Fiction)
About a family in France during the Nazi occupation. This was one of those books you don't want to put down, very good read. -- Added by CARLSONL on 02/20/2017

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the quick and the dead
the quick and the dead by louis l'amour (Historical Fiction)
recommend. a little stilted, noble language, and all but a reasonable read. -- Added by edger on 02/17/2017

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Under Fire
Under Fire by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend. -- Added by edger on 02/16/2017

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The People's Princess
The People's Princess by Larry King (Historical Fiction)
It was interesting to read all the different stories by the people in her life. -- Added by itsmyyear on 02/14/2017

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The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (Historical Fiction)
Enjoyable book about a young lady making her way to America via the Titanic. When she arrived, she was torn between two very different men she met on board the ship. The historical references let me understand a little bit more about that event in history. -- Added by read-when-i-can on 02/13/2017

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In Danger's Path
In Danger's Path by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend -- Added by edger on 02/11/2017

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Roots
Roots by Alex Haley (Historical Fiction)
I had heard of this book and the famous miniseries my whole life but had never taken the time to read or watch it before today. I'm so glad that I did! The writing was poignant, detail-ridden, evocative, and gripping. The author painted realistic, well-rounded, flawed characters and created a powerful story that spanned two centuries of his family's history. I loved it! -- Added by rwoolston on 02/09/2017

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Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (Historical Fiction)
It took me a while to get into Sarah's Key, and I felt that the author's character development was somewhat flat. However, the story of what happened with the French police and the Vel' d'Hiv' roundup is very intriguing (and heartbreaking). To know more of this historic event makes this well worth the read. -- Added by smogleboph on 02/08/2017

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The Second Mrs. Hockaday
The Second Mrs. Hockaday by Susan Rivers (Historical Fiction)
This is one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put it down, highly recommend it. -- Added by loldson on 02/08/2017

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