Every year I try to hold this post until the absolute end of 2014, but I realized readers might need some last minute gift ideas for holiday shopping. This is the (agonized over) list of my favorite historical fiction this year. Some of the books were not necessarily published in 2014, but that is when I read them.
My criteria for making the list:
*I read it obsessively.
*I can’t stop thinking about it.
*I can’t stop recommending it.
I did read quite a few novels set in contemporary time that would have made this list if my blog were not dedicated to historical fiction, but I must keep to my rules. If you’d like to know what else I loved, visit my Goodreads book reviews. (I do not review books I did not enjoy, so you will only see 4-5 star recommendations.)
Here we go, and in no particular order:
1. The Garden of Letters, Alyson Richman
2. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
3. All The Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
4. The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
5. The Secret Life of Violet Grant, Beatriz Williams
6. Mrs. Hemingway, Naomi Wood
7. The Age of Desire, Jennie Fields
8. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline
9. The Paris Winter, by Imogen Robertson
10. The Beautiful American, Jeanne MacKin
Please let me know if any of these were your favorites, or what you would add to the list. If you comment, you will be entered into a giveaway for a copy of Sue Monk Kidd’s marvelous novel, THE INVENTION OF WINGS. I’ll pick a winner on Friday, Dec. 26th. Happy Reading!