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Historical Romance Fiction: A List for Summer Reading

Here is the first of out book lists for our summer reading program Another Time and Place: Historical Fiction. Watch for more.

A Fierce Radiance: a novel by Lauren Belfer (FIC BELFER)
In the anxious days after Pearl Harbor, talented Life magazine reporter Clara Shipley finds herself on top of one of the nation’s most important stories–the race to discover penicillin at the Rockefeller Institute. With lives and a new love hanging in the balance, Claire will put herself at the center of danger –no matter what price she may have to pay.

Rainwater by Sandra Brown (FIC BROWN)
In a time of drought and economic depression in 1934, Ella Barron runs her boardinghouse in Texas while caring for her son, Solly, and responds to the calm influence of one of her boarders, David Rainwater, while facing the tension and uncertainty around her.

The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies (FIC DAVIES)
At the height of World War II, a forbidden romance blossoms between seventeen-year-old Esther Evans, the daughter of a Welsh shepherd, and Karsten Simmering, a troubled young German POW, who questions what he has been fighting for.

Into the Wilderness by Sarah Donati (FIC DONATI)
An Englishwoman comes to the New World in 1792 with plans to establish a school and unexpectedly falls in love American frontiersman torn between white and Native American culture. Interweaving the fate of the remnants of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America.

The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly (FIC DONNELLY)
During the 1880s in East London, Fiona Finnigan’s family and dreams are shattered by her father’s untimely death at the hands of a ruthless tea baron. Fleeing, she eventually establishes herself at the head of the tea trade in New York, but she can never quite forget London, for it holds the unavenged ghosts of her parents… and the man she can’t bring herself to stop loving.

Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier (FIC FRAZIER)
From the age of twelve, when he is sent alone into the wilderness to run an Indian trading post, Will’s life becomes intertwined with the destiny of the Cherokee Indians, as he falls in love with a girl named Claire, and builds a friendship with a chief named Bear.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (FIC GABALDON)
Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to Scotland in 1743, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for James Fraser, a young soldier.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (FIC GREGORY)
The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife.

East of the Sun by Julia Gregson (FIC GREGSON)
It is Autumn 1928, and three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Each of them has her own reason for leaving their homeland but the hopes and secrets they carry can do little to prepare them for what lies ahead in India.

Fortune’s Rock by Anita Shreve (FIC SHREVE)
In the summer of 1899, Olympia Biddeford, a privileged, intelligent and confident fifteen year old who falls in love with a married 41-year-old doctor and journalist, John Haskell. Their passionate affair leads to far-reaching consequences that span several decades.

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (FIC TRIGIANI)
The daughter of an Italian immigrant family in 1950 Greenwich Village, Lucia Sartori pursues a career in the fashion industry until she falls in love with a handsome stranger, who must win over her traditional family to marry her.

The Samurai’s Garden by Gail Tsukiyama (FIC TSUKIYAMA)
Shortly before World War II, a Chinese man, sent to Japan to recover from tuberculosis, meets a desirable Japanese girl and begins a love story which brims over with undying love, devotion and passion.

The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace (FIC WALLACE)
Unable to convince her family and desirable fiance that she is going blind, early 19th-century Italian contessa Carolina Fantoni turns to her dreams and an eccentric local inventor when she loses her sight, inspiring the inventor’s development of the first typewriter.

List and reviews by Heidi. Ask Heidi or any of our reference librarians to help you find books that you will enjoy.

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This entry was posted on June 8, 2011 by in Fiction, Historical, Lists, Romance.
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