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18 New Historical Fiction Novels to Read with Your Book Club

Book Bub: By Kristina Wright

January 29, 2018

It’s a new year, and that means it’s time to select new books for your book club to read! Are the members of your group historical fiction fans? If so, we have the perfect list for you to choose from. These are some of the best new historical fiction novels that make perfect choices for book groups because they feature complex plots, memorable characters, and settings that will sweep you away to a different era. Take a look at our historical fiction for book club recommendations below, complete with publishers’ descriptions.

A Tangled Mercy

By Joy Jordan-Lake

Told in alternating tales at once haunting and redemptive, A Tangled Mercy is a quintessentially American epic rooted in heartbreaking true events examining the harrowing depths of human brutality and betrayal, and our enduring hope for freedom and forgiveness.

After the sudden death of her troubled mother, struggling Harvard grad student Kate Drayton walks out on her lecture — and her entire New England life. Haunted by unanswered questions and her own uncertain future, she flees to Charleston, South Carolina, the place where her parents met, convinced it holds the key to understanding her fractured family and saving her career in academia. Kate is determined to unearth groundbreaking information on a failed 1822 slave revolt — the subject of her mother’s own research.

Nearly two centuries earlier, Tom Russell, a gifted blacksmith and slave, grappled with a terrible choice: arm the uprising spearheaded by members of the fiercely independent African Methodist Episcopal Church or keep his own neck out of the noose and protect the woman he loves.

Kate’s attempts to discover what drove her mother’s dangerous obsession with Charleston’s tumultuous history are derailed by a horrific massacre in the very same landmark church. In the unimaginable aftermath, Kate discovers a family she never knew existed as the city unites with a powerful message of hope and forgiveness for the world. Buy the Book

Other Books Include:

In the Midst of Winter

Isabel Allende

The Revolution of Marina M.

Janet Fitch

Little Reunions

Eileen Chang

Fools and Mortals

Bernard Cornwell

The Widows of Malabar Hill

Sujata Massey

Carnegie’s Maid

Marie Benedict

White Chrysanthemum

Mary Lynn Bracht

Winter Kept Us Warm: A Novel

Anne Raeff

The Atomic City Girls

Janet Beard

The Great Alone

Kristin Hannah

Only Killers and Thieves

Paul Howarth

White Houses

Amy Bloom


Christine Mangan

My Dear Hamilton

Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie


Charles Frazier


Madeline Miller

The Home for Unwanted Girls

Joanna Goodman



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