Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

You love history.  You love history ebooks.  But, you also love fiction--and you're not afraid to admit it.  Why not have the best of both worlds? Authors who promote their Historical Fiction ebooks on our website always do so for free or at a discounted price.  Bestsellers, new releases, and authors you'll be glad to have discovered.  See the past through the eyes of these creative heroes!


Definition of "Historical Fiction Genre": The most important part of ebooks in this genre are their settings.  Yes, characters and plot matter.  But, beyond all else, the details associated with the setting must be accurate. This takes a tremendous amount of research and familiarity from the authors who delve into this genre of ebooks.  These ebooks can focus on actual historical figures, or they can insert more fictionalized elements into the plot.  It is always a balancing act between the history and fiction, and is something the best authors in this genre navigate with aplomb.  


Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Fiction genre are Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin Novels), and Mary Renault (The Persian Boy).

If There Be Witches, Spirits Will Walk: A Puritan Adventure

by Jean Luntz

Step into the dark and treacherous world of Salem, where a witch hunt has ignited a sinister series of events.

As hysteria grips the town of Salem, Charity becomes the target of a relentless assailant. Her step-mother, accused of witchcraft, meets a grim fate at the gallows, yet the attacks persist. Seeking refuge, Charity's father, Osborne, sends her to the supposedly haunted Dansford's Farms near Boston—a distant and seemingly secure haven.

Little does he know that the horrors awaiting Charity are far from over.

Dansford's Farms holds secrets of its own. The former tenant, Philip, was executed for a crime he did not commit, leaving the property tainted with rumors of murder and robbery.

When Charity is discovered dead in the library, the mystery deepens. Philip, watching over Charity from the shadows, must navigate the spirit world to unravel the plots that led to both of their untimely deaths.

Will Philip and Charity's spectral alliance be enough to save Osborne's farm and put an end to the dark forces at play?

Fans of historical mysteries and tales of suspense set against the backdrop of real-life horrors will enjoy this spellbinding narrative.



Victory in Europe: A Novel of World War II

by Robert Kofman

Though Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower is Supreme Commander of Operation Overlord, the invasion of France, he doesn’t have absolute power over the Allied forces. He fights with the Bomber Barons and Prime Minister Winston Churchill for control of the Allied heavy bombers to support the invasion. As D-Day approaches, Mother Nature interferes, and Eisenhower must decide whether to go forward, risking catastrophic defeat in stormy seas. After breaching Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, Eisenhower’s dueling prima donna generals Montgomery and Patton cause him unending headaches. Charles de Gaulle adds to Eisenhower’s stress by repeatedly threatening to have the French army disobey his orders. Eisenhower finds comfort and camaraderie with his beautiful English driver and secretary, Kay Summersby.

Picking up where Ike’s Journey left off, Victory in Europe recounts Eisenhower’s critical involvement in winning the war in Europe. From D-Day through the battle for France, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and the crossing of the Rhine, Eisenhower overcomes every obstacle, leading the Allies to crushing victories over the Nazi armies and ending Hitler’s evil Third Reich.



Starlight in the Dawn: The Poetic Priestess who chose to fight

by Naveen Sridhar

STARLIGHT IN THE DAWN: The Poetic Priestess Who Chose to Fight

Step into the banks of the ancient Euphrates around 2300 BCE.

A high priestess' epic struggle for power in the men's world of ancient Sumer. At the dawn of civilization, the beautiful daughter of Sargon the Great and the High priestess of the Sumerian city of Ur confronts the intrigue of politics. She leaves the ivory tower of the priesthood and rises to unforeseen challenges. Intimidated when alone, she faces down and disgraces the king not fearing the stakes. The event has its consequence. This is a gripping story of Enheduanna, the first literary person of ancient history. She was of a stellar reputation for centuries. Her story is based on her words.

Editorial Reviews

"Loved it. This is an engaging novel with good characters set in a unique time period. Recommended for anyone who loves ancient history. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a tale of a strong woman in a historical setting new to them." Linda Ulleseit, Reedsy discovery

"A powerful story of social change, with several key characters coming together to change their destinies, relationships, and future...the clash between religious and political forces and the evolution of characters in a story replete with action, psychological transformation, and challenges to belief systems alike... engrossing and filled with different kinds of insights, with romance added to the backdrop.... based on the first literary author on record. Readers will find the story hard to put down." Diane Donovan, Donovan'sLiterary Services/Midwest Review

A thriller and dramatic epic from one of the cradles of civilization, an ambitious and symbolic novel...impressively well researched and realized, and this richly imagined past feels immediate and authentic. Starlight in the Dawn, a stellar work of historical fiction" Self-Publishing Review

"A solid introduction to the ancient world under Sargon, STARLIGHT IN THE DAWN will leave most casual novel-readers and historical-fiction aficionados wanting more." Indie Reader Review

" 'Fate and faith are like friends who fail.'

Sridhar's narrative is driven by compelling world-building and character development. The author demonstrates his strong knowledge of history spanning multiple cultures. It is an educating and entertaining read. RECOMMENDED.

Sridhar's Candlelight in a Storm was the 2018 Eric Howard Book Award da Vinci Eye finalist" US Review of Books.

"The astounding amount of research the author did is simply amazing - to be able to recreate a history of a time period that little is known about and to build a world that is believable, entertaining with fully fleshed-out characters, and educational to boot is worth a round of applause...this is an engrossing insightful tale, full of texture on a heightened scale, a spiritual plane, as the reader hovers over the words and finds a connection across time and space. This is a book for true historical aficionados and is not a read-in-one-sitting type of book, as it is necessary to let some of the discussions between characters and the activities soak in for a bit so you can understand the depth of what is going on on the surface and behind the scenes." Historical Fiction Company.



Searching for Van Gogh: A Novel

by Donald Lystra

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ "Much more than a Coming-of-Age story"

Award-winning author Donald Lystra brings us a wholly unique American heroine, Audrey Brubaker, a fierce young woman who combines the tenacity of Scarlett O'Hara with the charm of Holly Golightly.

It's fall of 1963 in a city in America's industrial heartland. Audrey Brubaker, rejected by her family and community but determined to build a life for herself, becomes the unlikely mentor to Nate Walker, a math and science prodigy who has turned to art in an effort to cope with the death of a revered older brother.

In a relationship that borders on love but never quite seems to get there, Audrey gives meaning to Nate's artistic aspirations, introduces him to life's hard edges, and helps him find courage. Together they set off on an ill-fated mission: to recover Nate's brother's body from a military cemetery in northern Michigan.

Along the way, secrets are uncovered and boundaries are crossed which will change Nate's life forever. But in a heart-wrenching ending, it is Audrey who will need to tap the well-spring of Nate's empathy for her own redemptive needs.

From the streets of a decaying rust-belt city to the pristine forests of northern Michigan, Lystra weaves a narrative that tugs at your heartstrings and compels you to reflect on life and its complexities. If you loved timeless classics like Ordinary People and To Kill a Mockingbird, this book is a must-read for you!

Readers are LOVING this wonderful book:

"The story and the characters are marvelous. One has to love Audrey with all her eccentricities and flaws. How did (the author) manage to do that?"
- Dennis Turner, author of the bestselling "What Did You Do During the War, Sister?"

 "Don't miss this one..... There is a deliberate carefulness, a delicacy even, that characterizes Lystra's writing..... I'm not sure how he does it, but it works...... And in the process, he is doing the writer's job - telling the truth, one true sentence at a time. This is fine writing of the highest caliber. My very highest recommendation." – TIM BAZZETT, author of BOOKLOVER and four other titles

"This is such a beautiful coming-of-age novel about two young people who connect over traumatic events they slowly reveal to one another......Lystra takes a magnifying glass to the moments of possibility...... As the novel progresses, Lystra whittles the truth out of the events the characters experience in a way that feels exactly right as you arrive at the very last page. A wonderful novel." – Amazon Reviewer

“Calling this book a coming-of-age story doesn't do it justice… set in1963 America, in the backdrop of the Vietnam War and the Kennedy assassination…. Mr. Lystra has given the reader much to think about which may be equally pertinent in the very troubled America we live in today.” –Goodreads reviewer

Don't wait! Get your copy now and embark on a moving journey that will stay with you long after the last page is turned.


Sisters of the Lost Nation

by Nick Medina

Named a Most Anticipated Book by 
Barnes and Noble ∙ BuzzFeed ∙ GoodReads ∙ Book Riot ∙ CrimeReads ∙ Ms. Magazine ∙ SheReads ∙ Amazon Editor's Pick ∙ Tor.com ∙ and more!

A young Native girl's hunt for answers about the women mysteriously disappearing from her tribe's reservation leads her to delve into the myths and stories of her people, all while being haunted herself, in this atmospheric and stunningly poignant debut.

Anna Horn is always looking over her shoulder. For the bullies who torment her, for the entitled visitors at the reservation’s casino…and for the nameless, disembodied entity that stalks her every step—an ancient tribal myth come-to-life, one that’s intent on devouring her whole.
With strange and sinister happenings occurring around the casino, Anna starts to suspect that not all the horrors on the reservation are old. As girls begin to go missing and the tribe scrambles to find answers, Anna struggles with her place on the rez, desperately searching for the key she’s sure lies in the legends of her tribe’s past.  

When Anna’s own little sister also disappears, she’ll do anything to bring Grace home. But the demons plaguing the reservation—both ancient and new—are strong, and sometimes, it’s the stories that never get told that are the most important.

Part gripping thriller and part mythological horror, author Nick Medina spins an incisive and timely novel of life as an outcast, the cost of forgetting tradition, and the courage it takes to become who you were always meant to be.


To Look Upon The Sun

by Shannon St. Hilaire

In the shadow of pre-WWII Germany, 17-year-old Ilse finds herself alone, pregnant, and penniless—betrayed by her family and thrust into the arms of Lebensborn, the Nazis' secretive program designed to propagate Aryan purity.

Yet, Ilse harbors a perilous secret within the walls of Lebensborn: her unborn child's father is Jewish. Surrounded by the very architects of the regime's sinister vision, she must rely on her cunning, her knowledge of herbs, and her indomitable spirit to hide the truth and keep her child safe.

As the Reich's scrutiny intensifies, Ilse's place within Lebensborn becomes a gilded cage, with each day edging her closer to exposure. Forced to navigate a labyrinth of lies and make unthinkable choices, her journey turns into more than a fight for survival—it becomes a quest for identity, redemption, and defiance that could alter the course of her life forever.

Early Readers are LOVING To Look Upon The Sun:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…The novel still lives in my head, long after having finished it. This story of the WWII Lebensborn program in Nazi Germany is told with 
great care and quiet understatement, creating a narrative tone that is spot on…” –Goodreads review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…This book is a testament to the 
power of resilience, the survival of many under horrific odds, and the determination of some to avoid the Reich's coerced indoctrination. I couldn’t put it down…” –Netgalley Review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…The author, Shannon St. Hilaire obviously did her research and crafted a 
gripping WWII story that is both accurate and nearly impossible to put down…” –Goodreads review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…An absolutely 
powerfulthrilling, and haunting story of one woman’s fight… this story rings across time…” –NetGalley review

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “…Out of her expert historical research, St Hilaire has created an 
extremely personal account of the true horrors of Nazism. To Look Upon the Sun is an outstanding piece of historical fiction.” –Goodreads review


Whispers Across a Sea: A Novel of Victorian Ireland

by Christina Holloway

Whispers Across a Sea
 is a sweeping novel that follows three generations of the Anglo-Irish Young family in Victorian Ireland, where Irish desire for independence from Britain is building. How will the family evolve in the ever-changing social and political landscape of the country they call home?
In 1920, Ireland stands on the brink of civil war. Lucie returns to her familial home to settle the estate, where she uncovers an abundance of handwritten letters—a lifetime’s worth of cherished memories and guarded secrets between her mother and aunts—as well as her grandfather’s diary. As she reads through her findings, Lucie begins to wonder just how well she knew her relatives and the circumstances of their lives. Norah, a close childhood friend and the daughter of a former family servant, helps her work through the notes, and their conversations remind Lucie that she and Norah live in very different worlds. Norah is Irish; Lucie is Anglo-Irish. As the two women look into the past, it becomes evident that Norah has always known more about Lucie’s life than Lucie has ever understood of Norah’s. And Lucie realizes that she has been unaware of the disquiet in Ireland’s streets—but then again, the elder members of her family, so completely involved in their own lives, didn’t appear to notice either. . . .

Whispers Across a Sea is a compelling novel that traces three generations of Lucie’s Anglo-Irish family as they navigate the nuances of life in their adopted country of Ireland. Within the home, the family’s Irish servants make sure the lives of the Youngs remain comfortable while silently observing their employers’ detachment from the realities of life in Ireland—a country where a lengthy, violent, and divisive struggle is beginning. How long will the Youngs be able to close their eyes to the shifting world outside their door?


Marco Martinez: The best Bounty Hunter this side of the Rockies

by R M Allan

1867. The Civil War is over. Yet there is much unrest and resentment that lives on throughout the land, and in the hearts of many...

Marco steps out of the ashes of the war; a man turned bounty hunter had everything which mattered most to him violently stripped away. So he emerges with a burning desire like none other to find redemption, and a new purpose in life. He sets off into a brave new world on the other side of the wall made up by the towering peaks of the Rocky mountains as centuries of long-lasting peace in the many acres of land is about to come to a dramatic end as the desert will witness like never before...

With the ever present growing influence of wrongdoers and other outlaws challenging the limited reach of the sheriff in the humble town of Cotton Turnaround, Marco sees an opportunity to bring about justice in a way that only he can do.

It's going to be a challenge like none other. More than even he knows. But with an unchecked determination, he is like a force of nature that is going to step up, and is ready for the task at hand as he sets off into the unknown to do his part, and find his share of the American dream. But will the shadows of his past define him?


Brooklyn ’76: A Novel

by Anthony Ausiello

In the heart of Bensonhurst, an Italian American family struggles to survive one explosive day—the nation’s Bicentennial.

The Agnello family wakes Bicentennial morning to the sound of fireworks. Outside their apartment, block party preparations are already underway. Paulie, husband and father, has been out on strike with his union and is desperate to make ends meet. Dee, wife and mother, is overprotective of her children and a stern judge of character, particularly when it comes to Paulie. Tony, the dutiful elder son who is fast coming of age, now obsesses over his first girlfriend and stands ready to defy his parents to spend the Fourth with her. Alex, the younger son, still sees the world through innocent eyes, a perspective unlikely to survive the day.

As the neighborhood celebrates, a string of public missteps drives the family apart, forcing each Agnello to face their own insecurities and regrets. At nightfall, the fireworks extravaganza draws the scattered family back together—but celebration soon turns into tragedy, and one life is left hanging in the balance. Funny, dark, and unsentimental, 
Brooklyn ’76 is an urgent family drama set against the backdrop of a working-class neighborhood—and a country—on the brink of transformation.


Breaking Point: A Novel of The Battle of Britain (Breaking Point Series Book 1)

by John Rhodes

1940, World War II. The Nazis have crushed Europe, and Hitler launches a massive aerial assault with the Luftwaffe against the heavily outnumbered British RAF. The fate of civilization teeters in the balance.

Johnnie Shaux, a Spitfire fighter pilot, must summon up the fortitude to fly into a battle where death is all but inevitable, and continue to do so until the inevitable occurs…

Eleanor Rand, a brilliant Fighter Command mathematician, studies the control room map constantly tracking the ebbs and flows of the conflict, and sees the glimmerings of a radical breakthrough…

Breaking Point is based on actual events in the Battle of Britain. Written with a penetrating historical accuracy of World War II and breathtaking speed, Breaking Point puts you inside the cockpit as the pilots duel to the death, inside RAF Headquarters as the commanders make their decisions, and inside the lives of young men and women facing one of the great crises in modern history.



The Lord's Tusks

by Jeffrey Ulin

In the enthralling pages of Jeffrey Ulin's captivating novel, a tale of unexpected inheritances, shattered wealth, and a desperate quest for riches unfolds. Meet Richard Keeton, a renowned big game hunter whose life takes an unforeseen turn when he finds himself next in line to inherit a prestigious British Lordship. However, his elation is short-lived as he realizes that his family's fortune lies in ruins, leaving him unable to embrace the opulent lifestyle that should accompany his pending title.

Driven by a relentless desire to restore his wealth, Richard stumbles upon a perilous scheme that could be his ticket to fortune: poaching animals. With the clandestine assistance of Alijah, a wise and resourceful tribesman, Richard ventures into the dark underbelly of the wildlife trade. Secretly slaughtering animals and orchestrating illicit transactions, he begins to build a lucrative network focused on smuggling highly sought-after rhino horns and elephant tusks.

Yet, Richard's nefarious poaching ring teeters on the brink of collapse when an unexpected obstacle emerges. Michael Sandburg, an American researcher, enters the picture, captivated by Richard's stepdaughter and unknowingly becoming entangled in a dangerous web of suspicion. As Michael's curiosity intensifies, he finds himself on the verge of uncovering Richard's sinister activities. The stakes escalate as he faces an impossible choice between safeguarding his future family or dedicating himself to a newfound mission to protect endangered animals at all costs.

Within the pages of this exhilarating adventure, Jeffrey Ulin masterfully weaves together romance, intrigue, and tragedy against the backdrop of the relentless march towards species extinction. Prepare to be transported to colonial-tinged polo fields that conceal the savagery of men driven by insatiable greed and unwavering privilege. Ulin's vivid prose immerses readers in a world where love and betrayal collide, where the fate of majestic creatures hangs in the balance, and where the boundaries of loyalty and morality blur into an electrifying climax.

Immerse yourself in this gripping narrative, where every turn of the page uncovers hidden secrets, untamed passions, and the dire consequences of human avarice. With its richly drawn characters, evocative settings, and heart-stopping suspense, this book promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you questioning the choices we make and the price we're willing to pay for power and fortune. Don't miss your chance to experience this mesmerizing tale that delves deep into the dark heart of the human spirit.



Lessons From My Mother's Life: Post World War II Short Fiction

by Tam May

Debuted at #1 in Amazon’s Historical Fiction Short Stories category!

How happy was the 1950s happy housewife?

Women in post-war America had it all: generous husbands with great jobs, comfortable suburban homes with nice yards and a two-car garage, and all the latest gadgets to make their housework easier.

It was a perfect recipe for happiness and fulfillment. The women’s magazines told them so. Advertisements told them so. Doctors told them so.

They were sold a bill of goods about post-war life. Some bought it and some didn’t. This book is about the women who didn’t.

Five stories. Five women. Five journeys of self-discovery.

Purchase Lessons From My Mother’s Life today to walk in the shoes of five American women struggling to find themselves in the 1950s. Maybe these women are like your mother or grandmother. Maybe these women are like you.

What reviewers are saying:

Smart, interesting and down-to-earth, these are stories that are close to the heart of every woman either because they lived through something similar, or because, as the title says, our mothers did. - Amazon Vine Voice reviewer

Great short stories that really do speak to what women had to face mid 20th century. - Amazon reviewer

An interesting collection of reflective short stories. I am glad that I read them! - Amazon reviewer

This book also includes an Author’s Note and a bonus chapter from The Specter, the first book of the author’s Gilded Age family saga, the Waxwood Series.



Sinner's Cross: A Novel of the Second World War

by Miles Watson

In 1944, Sinner's Cross was just a point on a map: a muddy track through shell-torn German woods. Worthless...except to the brass on both sides of the war, who are willing to sacrifice their best men to have it. Men like Halleck, a tough-as-nails Texan who traded driving cattle for driving soldiers; Breese, a phenomenal actor who can play any part but hero; and Zenger, the Nazi paratrooper who discovers Hitler's Germany is a lousy place to grow a conscience. Their lives and deaths will intersect at the place called Sinner's Cross.


James: A Novel

by Percival Everett


Weyward: A Novel

by Emilia Hart


War Bonds: A Novel of World War Two

by Pamela Norsworthy

“A sterling achievement, compelling from the first scene to the last.” –Shirley Miller Kamada, author of No Quiet Water

1939: As Hitler's Panzers storm the Polish border, a small boy boards a train bound for the British countryside where strangers will safeguard him from bombs soon to darken London skies. The boy's mother, Beryl, a hospital nurse, stays back to tend to the shredding wounds inflicted by the lethal German assault. Her depleting days are made worse when she learns her husband, Gordon, has become a prisoner of war, interned at a camp deep in the Reich.

Beryl forges a bond—tenuous and complicated—with an American pilot who helps mitigate her anguish over the husband and son she misses deeply. As their relationship intensifies, Gordon is sent on a work detail to the home of the camp commandant. There, he draws the eye of commandant's wife, a woman of sophistication who hates the Polish backwater where her husband is posted. Their liaison could free Gordon from the hell he endures inside the prison camp and lead him into an utterly new life—if he's willing to forsake the oaths he's taken, the promises he's made.

These ties that bind—forged in the crucible of war—sustain Beryl and Gordon through their darkest days. But will these powerful new bonds subvert their chance to reunite at war's end?

Pick up your copy of War Bonds to savor World War Two fiction at its best, infused with real-life anecdotes recounted by the author's father, a survivor of a German POW camp liberated by Patton's army in the final days of the war.



Daughter of the King (Defying the Crown Book 1)

by Kerry Chaput

La Rochelle France, 1661. Fierce Protestant Isabelle is desperate to escape persecution by the Catholic King. Isabelle is tortured and harassed, her people forced to convert to the religion that rules the land. She risks her life by helping her fellow Protestants, which is forbidden by the powers of France. She accepts her fate — until she meets a handsome Catholic soldier who makes her question everything.

She fights off an attack by a nobleman, and the only way to save herself is to flee to the colony of Canada as a Daughter of the King. She can have money, protection and a new life — if she adopts the religion she’s spent a lifetime fighting. She must leave her homeland and the promises of her past. In the wild land of Canada, Isabelle finds that her search for love and faith has just begun.

Based on the incredible true story of the French orphans who settled Canada, 
Daughter of the King is a sweeping tale of one young woman’s fight for true freedom. Kerry Chaput brings the past to life, expertly weaving a gripping saga with vivid historical details. Jump back in time on a thrilling adventure with an unforgettable heroine.


The Magnolia Palace: A Novel

by Fiona Davis


Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Lions of Fifth Avenue, returns with a tantalizing novel about the secrets, betrayal, and murder within one of New York City's most impressive Gilded Age mansions.

Eight months since losing her mother in the Spanish flu outbreak of 1919, twenty-one-year-old Lillian Carter's life has completely fallen apart. For the past six years, under the moniker Angelica, Lillian was one of the most sought-after artists' models in New York City, with statues based on her figure gracing landmarks from the Plaza Hotel to the Brooklyn Bridge. But with her mother gone, a grieving Lillian is rudderless and desperate—the work has dried up and a looming scandal has left her entirely without a safe haven. So when she stumbles upon an employment opportunity at the Frick mansion—a building that, ironically, bears her own visage—Lillian jumps at the chance. But the longer she works as a private secretary to the imperious and demanding Helen Frick, the daughter and heiress of industrialist and art patron Henry Clay Frick, the more deeply her life gets intertwined with that of the family—pulling her into a tangled web of romantic trysts, stolen jewels, and family drama that runs so deep, the stakes just may be life or death.

Nearly fifty years later, mod English model Veronica Weber has her own chance to make her career—and with it, earn the money she needs to support her family back home—within the walls of the former Frick residence, now converted into one of New York City's most impressive museums. But when she—along with a charming intern/budding art curator named Joshua—is dismissed from the 
Vogue shoot taking place at the Frick Collection, she chances upon a series of hidden messages in the museum: messages that will lead her and Joshua on a hunt that could not only solve Veronica's financial woes, but could finally reveal the truth behind a decades-old murder in the infamous Frick family.



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