Historial Fiction

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Read It Forward features a wide range of well-written, well-researched historical fiction. For readers who love devouring stories set in another time and place.

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Historical Fiction Giveaway: The Arrangement

She’d made it sound as though her husband would be joining them for dinner. She’d made it sound that way on purpose, and then she arrived alone.

Los Angeles, 1934. Mary Frances is young, restlessly married, and returning from her first sojourn in France. She is hungry, and not just for food: she wants Tim, her husband Al’s charming friend, who encourages her writing and seems to understand her better than anyone. After a night’s transgression, it’s only a matter of time before Mary Frances claims what she truly desires, plunging all three of them into a tangled triangle of affection that will have far-reaching effects on their families, their careers, and their lives.

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Historical Fiction Giveaway: A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

It is Illinois in the 1830s and 1840s. Abraham Lincoln is a circuit-riding lawyer, a member of the state legislature, a man of almost ungovernable ambition. To his friends he is also a beloved figure, by turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possessed—a man of whom they, too, expect big things. Among his friends and political colleagues are Joshua Speed, William Herndon, Stephen Douglas, and many others who have come to the exploding frontier town of Springfield to find their futures.

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Enter to Win At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

“Breathtaking . . . a daring story of adventure, friendship, and love in the shadow of WWII.”—Harper’s Bazaar

In this thrilling new novel from the author of Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen again demonstrates her talent for creating spellbinding period pieces. At the Water’s Edge is a gripping and poignant love story about a privileged young woman’s awakening as she experiences the devastation of World War II in a tiny village in the Scottish Highlands.

After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father, a former army colonel who is already ashamed of his son’s inability to serve in the war. When Ellis and his best friend, Hank, decide that the only way to regain the Colonel’s favor is to succeed where the Colonel very publicly failed—by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster—Maddie reluctantly follows them across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.

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Bringing History to Life Through Fiction

Author Jillian Cantor describers her process–including Pinterest and whiteboards–for bringing history to life with fiction.

My novel, The Hours Count, is a re-imagining of the years leading up to the Rosenbergs’ arrest and execution, told from the point of view of a fictional neighbor. I first got the idea for the book after I came across the last letter Ethel and Julius Rosenberg wrote to their young sons on the day they were executed. One of the last things they wrote was for their sons to always remember that they were innocent. As I started to research and learn about the details surrounding the case, I came to believe Ethel Rosenberg really was innocent. I read that on the day she was arrested she had left her sons in the care of a neighbor, and though I don’t know who this real neighbor was, I decided to create a fictional neighbor, a young Jewish wife and mother I named Millie Stein.

Enter to Win a Pair of Novels

This week, we’re giving away a pair of gorgeous novels, The Paris Key and The Gilded Hour About The Gilded Hour “Compelling…This satisfying read, rich in interpersonal relationships of many kinds, is part romance, part mystery, and part serial-killer thriller.”—Booklist (starred review) The international bestselling author of Into the Wilderness makes her highly anticipated return with a…

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Enter for a Chance to Win Second Street Station

A historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man’s world while solving a high profile murder.

Mary Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She’s fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former bookkeeper of Thomas Edison.

Second Street Station presents a portrait of a world plunging into modernity through the eyes of a clever female sleuth. Mary Handley is an unforgettable protagonist whose wit, humor, and charm will delight readers from the very first page.

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Enter for Your Chance to Win Cleopatra’s Daughter

Marc Antony and Cleopatra’s three orphaned children are taken in chains to Rome; only two – the ten-year-old twins Selene and Alexander – survive the journey.

Delivered to the household of Octavian’s sister, the siblings cling to each other and to the hope that they will return one day to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt. As they come of age, they are buffeted by the personal ambitions of Octavian’s family and court, by the ever-present threat of slave rebellion, and by the longings and desires deep within their own hearts.

Cleopatra’s Daughter is a fascinating portrait of imperial Rome and of the people and events of this glorious and most tumultuous period in human history. Emerging from the shadows of the past, Selene, a young woman of irresistible charm and preternatural intelligence, will capture your heart.