Here is my (much agonized over) list of the best historical novels of 2016. Some of the books were not published in 2016, 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.
As always, whittling my choices down to ten was incredibly difficult. The only thing that helped was the enormous volume of research materials I read this year cut into my novel reading enough to narrow the pool. For my full reviews and endorsements, click on each book title.
Disclaimer: I did include one contemporary novel (THE MADWOMAN UPSTAIRS) because it was based on JANE EYRE, and it was fresh and entertaining; I hope you’ll forgive me.
Without further ado, and in no particular order:
4. Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood
5. Jane Steele, by Lyndsay Faye
6. The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell
7. Sisi: Empress on Her Own, by Allison Pataki
8. Black Rabbit Hall, by Eve Chase
9. America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie
10. Georgia, by Dawn Tripp
What were your favorites of 2016? What are your favorites from my list? Happy Reading, and Happy New Year!