Six Historical Fiction Recommendations

While there are still shopping days left this holiday season, I want to recommend six outstanding historical novels I had the pleasure of  blurbing this year. (For those of you unfamiliar with the term, ‘blurbing’ means providing endorsement quotes for other authors’ books.) It is a great joy to receive many blurb requests, though time often prevents me from agreeing to read for possible endorsement. Also, I only blurb books that make me wild with enthusiasm.

My schedule has kept me from posting about these books upon their releases, so I’m offering this list (with my blurbs) as a round-up of titles (in no particular order), perfect for the historical fiction lover in your life (even if it’s you!)

TWAIN’S END, Lynn Cullen 


 “The breadth of research and faithfulness to the subjects is evident in TWAIN’S END. With clarity and honesty, Cullen resurrects one of America’s most complicated and well-known writers and his intimates in vivid, fascinating, and sometimes shocking ways. TWAIN’S END is more than a study in character; it is a cautionary tale of the spoils of fame and power, and those intoxicated by it. Captivating.”

MEDICI’S DAUGHTER, Sophie Perinot 


“Rising above the chorus of historical drama is Perinot’s epic tale of the fascinating, lascivious, ruthless House of Valois, as told through the eyes of the complicated and intelligent Margaret. Burdened by her unscrupulous family and desperate for meaningful relationships, Margaret is forced to navigate her own path in sixteenth century France. Amid wars of nation and heart, MEDICIS DAUGHTER brilliantly demonstrates how one unique woman beats staggering odds to find the strength and power that is her birthright.”



“With her meticulous attention to historical detail and powerfully entertaining storytelling skills, Allison Pataki is a force in historical fiction. Set amid the grand landscapes of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the wilds of the human heart, THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS is an epic tale of honor, power, and love. Breathtaking!”

 THE TAPESTRY, Nancy Bilyeau 


“In spite of murderous plots, volatile kings, and a divided heart, Joanna Stafford manages to stay true to her noble character. Fans of Ken Follett will devour Nancy Bilyeau’s novel of political treachery and courageous love, set amid the endlessly fascinating Tudor landscape.”



“In a novel as brilliant and complicated as Coco Chanel herself, C W Gortner’s prose is so electric and luminous it could be a film, and not just any film, but one of the grandest biopics of our time. Divine!”



“Rosen skillfully charms, fascinates, frustrates, and moves her readers in this turn of the century tale. Set on an epic historical stage, WHAT THE LADY WANTS contains all of the hedonism, decadence, success, and tragedy of the great American novel.”

~Happy Gifting & Reading!~


2 thoughts on “Six Historical Fiction Recommendations

  1. schmelzb says:

    Thank you for adding to my TBR list. Did you recommend Karen White’s book “a long time gone”? Just finished this one and loved reading a tear jerker with many themes to consider.

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