Historical Fiction

Last Updated: March 4, 2024

California Golden by Melanie Benjamin

California Golden
by Melanie Benjamin

Southern California, 1960s: endless sunny days surfing in Malibu, followed by glittering neon nights at Whisky A-Go-Go. In an era when women are expected to be housewives, Carol Donelly is breaking the mold as a legendary female surfer struggling to compete in a male-dominated sport–and her daughters, Mindy and Ginger, bear the weight of her unconventional lifestyle.

Just Once by Karen Kingsbury

Just Once
by Karen Kingsbury

In 1941, beautiful Irvel Ellis is too focused on her secret to take much notice in the war raging overseas. She’s dating Sam but in love with his brother, Hank, and Irvel has no idea how to break the news when the unthinkable happens–Pearl Harbor is attacked.

Lady Tan's Circle of Women by Lisa See

Sent into an arranged marriage, Tan Yunxian, forbidden to continue her work as a midwife-in-training as well as see her forever friend Meiling, is ordered to act like proper wife and seeks a way to continue treating women and girls from every level of society in fifteenth-century China.

The Bell in the Fog by Lev AC Rosen

The Bell in the Fog
by Lev AC Rosen

San Francisco, 1952: Detective Evander “Andy” Mills has started his own investigation business, but it’s not taking off. When James, an old flame, arrives in his office, Andy wants to kick him out, but the job seems to be a simple case of blackmail, and Andy needs to pay the bills. He agrees to investigate, despite everything it stirs up.

Shot with Crimson by Nicola Upson

Shot with Crimson
by Nicola Upson

In 1939 Hollywood, Josephine Tey, when a shocking act of violence on the set of Hitchcock’s Rebecca reawakens the shadows of the past, teams up with DCI Archie Penrose and together, they follow a trail of clues that echoes Rebecca’s timeless themes of obsession, jealousy and murder.

The Reformatory by Tananarive Due

The Reformatory
by Tananarive Due

In the Jim Crow South, twelve-year-old Robbie Stephens, Jr., who can see ghosts, is sent to The Reformatory where boys forced to work to remediate their so-called crimes have gone missing, while his sister Gloria rallies everyone in Florida to get him out before it’s too late.

Don't Want You Like a Best Friend by Emma R. Alban

A queer Victorian romance in which two debutantes distract themselves from having to seek husbands by setting up their widowed parents, and instead find their perfect match in each other.