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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Literature in Translation: The Barefoot Queen

“Believable and enthralling . . . So beautifully structured that the last sixty pages detonate like a string of firecrackers.” —Diana Gabaldon

With over 7 million copies sold, Ildefonso Falcones’ previous work has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide. We’re thrilled to share The Barefoot Queen with you.

From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without.

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Start Reading The Secrets of Life and Death

The most successful blending of mystery, historical intrigue and occult fantasy since Elizabeth Kostova’s The Historian.

“Inspired by an authenticated encounter between the family of Elizabeth Báthory and the occult superstars of the Elizabethan Era, John Dee and his protégé Edward Kelley . . . Defying pigeonholing into any single genre, Alexander’s brilliant and multilayered reimagining of the vampire mythos balances contemporary fantasy with erudite, yet accessible, historical fiction.” -J.D. Horn, author of the Witching Savannah series

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Sneak Peek at Thief of Glory

A boy coming of age in a time of war… the love that inspires him to survive.

For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

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Start Reading Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

How historically accurate should historical fiction be? Is it okay if the author fills in the blanks with her imagination?

Michelle Moran is known for her meticulously researched, richly detailed historical fiction. In Nefertiti, Moran tells the story of Nefertiti and her younger sister, Mutnodjmet, who have been raised in a powerful family that has provided wives to the rulers of Egypt for centuries.

Ambitious, charismatic, and beautiful, Nefertiti is destined to marry Amunhotep, an unstable young pharaoh. It is hoped that her strong personality will temper the young ruler’s heretical desire to forsake Egypt’s ancient gods.

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A Triple Knot Explores the True Story of Joan of Kent

Oh, Joan of Kent, the Fair Maid of Kent, such a romantic story!

“Here’s the question that nagged and nagged until I just had to take it on,” admits Emma Campion, author of A Triple Knot.

“If her marriage to Prince Edward was so happy, why did Joan choose to be buried with her first husband, Thomas Holland, a mere knight for most of his life, Duke of Kent only at the end (for just a matter of months)? Why would she give up being buried beside her beloved Edward? A royal burial?”

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6 Historical Novels of Pioneering Women

I’m drawn to strong female protagonists, especially those who struggle to define themselves within (and against) the traditional roles of daughter, wife, and mother.

“Here are six works of historical fiction that explore the lives of pioneering women and how their experiences challenge their notions of love, marriage, and loyalty,” offers Erin Lindsay McCabe, author of I Shall Be Near to You.

Check out Erin’s list for classics like Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and recent bestsellers like Away by Amy Bloom, plus little-heard-of gems you’ll be excited to discover!

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Novelist Shocked to Learn “Hundreds of Women Fought in the Civil War”

When I discovered her letters, I just couldn’t believe I’d never heard of her!

“The inspiration for I Shall Be Near to You was the Civil War letters that Rosetta Wakeman wrote home to her family while she was serving as a private in the Union Army,” shares author Erin Lindsay McCabe.

“Then when I learned that hundreds of women fought in the Civil War, I was even more shocked.”

Dive into the read in our sneak peek and be among the first to read I Shall Be Near to You!

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If You Like Your Bodices Ripped and Your Buckles Swashed

Best enjoyed in a steaming, flower-scented pink bubblebath with a pot of tea and a plate of macarons . . . this is the perfect book to indulge in on a rainy day.

When outside is grey and miserable and summer has well and truly ended, there’s nothing like comfort reading.

“My perennial favorite for cheering me up on a dull September day is Lauren Willig’s The Secret History of the Pink Carnation,” says Kaite Welsh. “It’s the first in her series about a group of spies who take up where the Scarlet Pimpernel left off, rescuing aristocrats from the guillotine and generally romping around Paris at the height of the French Revolution causing delightful mayhem.”