A bit of a different one today, as I have been doing my most anticipated releases in books lately, but this post is all about books that are already out and readily available. Today I will be letting you know what books I would mostly recommend in the historical fiction genre; previously I have shared my recommended Fantasy novels, that you can read here, this is still reasonably current so there aren’t many more I would add to this.
When it comes to historical fiction, I certainly do have the authors that I adore, and I rarely find another historical author who I can fall in love with their work, but this list is going to show that it can happen.
One of the biggest examples of me discovering a historical fiction novel that I have absolutely loved, by a new to me author has to be The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. This is such a dark and horrific story; it truly does make you heart hurt and makes a very thought provoking read. Based on a true story, it is the love story between a Jewish man and woman in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and how they managed to defy all odds in order to find each other and fall in love in one of the darkest places and times in the history of this world. I highly recommend this, although it does have trigger warnings for rape and abuse.
Another is a book I was introduced to by a publisher as I accepted the book in return for an honest review, and I honestly ended up absolutely loving the entire thing. The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff, is another heart wrenching story based during World War II, however this time it follows the story of a young woman who has had her baby taken away and she has been shunned because of having a Nazi soldiers child. With a 1900′ travelling circus during such a dark time, this makes for a really fascinating read; again I am in belief that this is based upon real events. You can read my full review of this book here, to see my full thoughts.
Now onto one of my absolute favourite authors that I think is a favourite of all time; Ben Kane, and in specific his The Forgotten Legion series. I will put my hands up and say that I have not actually managed to finish off the series quite yet, but the first book in this series, is easily my favourite of all of his books that I have read (and that’s quite a few). Following three separate stories that all collide during medieval Rome; this one I found to have the most amazing ability to make you get attached to the characters and truly long for them to achieve and be in the best outcome. That being said, I would highly recommend any and all of Ben Kane’s books.
Most if not all of you will know that I have, for as long as I remember, had a really passion for anything the Philippa Gregory has written, especially her Tudor and Plantagenets series. Trying to choose just the one book of hers to recommend in this post actually turned out to be quite a challenge, as I feel that almost all of them are books that everyone should read at some point. However, when pushed I would have to suggest The King’s Curse. The Story of Margaret Pole, from her childhood to her death, it truly is one of her top works.
Truly there are so many other books that I could include in this, but I have narrowed it down to this for the time being. Although this is definitely a post that I will be doing again at some point, likely this time next year. Please let me know of any other genres that you would like me to do a recommendations post for and would certainly love to do it.
What are your favourite historical fiction authors?