2016 Favorites: Historical Fiction

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Is your to-be-read pile growing yet? I’ve had so much fun revisiting my favorites and hearing all about yours this week! I’ll let you in on a little secret, historical fiction is my first love genre! I’ve adored historical fiction since I fell madly in love with reading in middle school. Although I’ve since branched out to other genres and time periods, historical will always have a special place in my reader heart.

No trickery today, I have 8 novels and 10 series to share with y’all (in no particular order)

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Unputdownable pre-Revolutionary War drama

The Lady and the LionHeart by Joanne Bischof

The Lady and the LionHeart by Joanne Bischof

Review Coming Soon! | Goodreads | Amazon

#swoof This story left me speechless

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Charity, small town politics, and a Beauty and the Beast vibe

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

The Loyal Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

A band of Civil War soldiers strive to protect the widow of their fallen brother-in-arms

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

No Way Up by Mary Connealy

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Romance, humor, suspense, family, faith, and COWBOYS

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

There’s only one man she trusts to save her town full of ladies

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

Miriam by Mesu Andrews Faithfully Bookish Review

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Must read for every Christian seeking a deeper understanding of the plagues and Exodus

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson Faithfully Bookish review

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Princess and the Pea medieval retelling with a dash of Beauty and the Beast

Creek Country Saga by April W. Gardner

Review part 1 | Review part 2 Coming Soon! | Goodreads | Amazon

Love, war, and Creek tribal culture brought to life

Vikings of the New World Saga by Heather Day Gilbert

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Goodreads | Amazon

Based on the true stories of these fierce women warriors

Out from Egypt by Connilyn Cossette

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Review book 1 | Review book 2Goodreads | Amazon

An intimate look at the plagues and Exodus through the eyes of authentic fictional characters

The Everstone Chronicles by Dawn Crandall

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Review book 3 | Review book 4 | Goodreads | Amazon

Four delightful stories as unique as the heroines on their lovely covers

Historicals by Jody Hedlund

Review Martin and Katharina | Review Newton and Polly | Goodreads | Amazon

Stories of love taken from the pages of history

Ladies of the Manor by Roseanna M. White

Review | Goodreads | Amazon

Edwardian era mystery, suspense, and intrigue

Courage to Dream by Susan Anne Mason

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Review book 3 | Goodreads | Amazon

Large family drama full of children and romance

Hawthorne House by Kristi Ann Hunter

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Goodreads | Amazon

Adventurous, humor-filled regency romance

The Pathfinders by Lori Benton

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Goodreads | Amazon

Revolutionary war family drama, faith and cultures collide

Penned in Time by Pepper D. Basham

Review book 1 | Review book 2 | Review book 3 | Goodreads | Amazon

Soul-stirring WWI romance and redemption set on both sides of the pond

Woo! What an exciting bookish year! Give a shout out to your favorites and let me know if you’ll be adding some from the list!

21 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I loved the Everstone Chronicles and the Pathfinders! The Lady and the LionHeart is a must read for me in 2017.


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    We have such similar tastes Friend! Only a couple I haven’t had a chance to read yet!


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    Well, I’ve read seven of the books on your list, I own a couple more. I won two that I’m still waiting on to get here and I’ve added several to my wishlist!
    This year, I loved Until the Dawn and From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden too.
    I also really enjoyed the Blue Ribbon Brides collection but my favorite ever collection is Seven Brides for Seven Texans!
    ~Andrea


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      Ah! Until the Dawn is on my shelf and I’m reading Seven Brides for Seven Texans right now! Hugs, bookish friend!!!


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    Lady and the Lionheart has been on my TBR since it came out, and I still haven’t read it!! 😱 And I really need to check out Dawn Crandall’s series. I keep hearing so much about it! Conni’s and Pepper’s series were definite highlights for me 🙂


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      Oh goodness, I might have to read The Lady and the LionHeart again for proper #swoof … Just thinking about it makes my heart good-ache and I’m still just WOW.
      So many good stories, Fici!!! Can I call you “Fici” for blog short or is FA or FicAf better? 😉


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        ‘Fici’ has a nice ring to it, especially if you pronounce it ‘Fichi’ as I tend to, thanks to my years of singing in Latin 😊 The only reason I haven’t read Lady and the Lionheart yet is because I keep putting it off until I know I will have time to write a review. But in the meantime, all these great books keep coming up for review! *facepalm* #bookbloggerproblems

        I’m sure it will be a total #swoof read!


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    Squee! Thank you for including Blackberry Moon on your list of amazingness! It’s a tremendous honor. This list really IS superb. Love you taste in books, my friend!!
    Thank you, thank you!


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      Your series has been superb! Fascinating Creek and early settler culture with delicious storytelling ❤


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    Love your list, Beth! There are a lot of my favorites on there, too. I loved Lady and the Lionheart, Susan Anne Mason’s series, Dawn Crandall’s series, Pepper Basham’s, Kristi Ann Hunter’s (looking forward to #3 there), I have several others in my TBR soon pile. What some amazing reads!

    Fici (pronounced Fichi)–I feel your pain and anxiety! I have several of these that I want to read, but there are so many great books I want to review, that I keep putting them off. 🙁 #mustreadfaster/#needmoretimeinday


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    Ahhhh yes! Pretty much all the ones on here that I have read are on my top reads list too haha!


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    I love historical covers! So pretty! I hope to read more of these!


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      Yes, I think I’ve said this 😉 btw, I don’t think you’ve pushed a book at me lately!


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        well… you know… i was giving you a chance to return the favor 😉


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