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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).
In ancient Rome, a woman flees for her life.
Her enemies are those she once called 'brother'.
Hidden beneath her blue cloak are secrets men will kill for.
Forgeries that prove the newly self-appointed bishops are not followers of the way, but pretenders who have seized power and will stop at nothing to shape this new religion to their own ends. Now, Julia - a woman who had once walked with Mary Magdalene and taught alongside Paul must preserve the legacy of the apostles in the face of terrifying danger.
Two thousand years later, classical archaeologists Valentina Vella and Erika Simone are tasked with advising the newly-elected Pope on the historical legacy of women in the early Christian period.
The women stumble across an ancient parchment buried deep in the Vatican archives, a document that has clearly been altered. They find themselves on the trail of a woman who may have been the first woman Bishop in the Catholic faith. To reveal Julia's legacy will put them in the cross-hairs of a venomous Vatican battle for power and supremacy; to stay silent would make them complicit in an ancient heresy and would betray the teachings that Julia sacrificed her life to defend.
The Mystery of Julia Episcopaweaves seamlessly between modern day Rome and the politics of the Catholic church, and the times and life of a 1st century Roman noblewoman who rose to be a dominant force in the early Christian movement.
"Three women connected by two intertwined stories of treacherous political intrigues, ancient cover-ups, and savage vengeance."
Readers are enthralled with The Mystery of Julia Episcopa!
Wow! What an incredible book! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I truly enjoyed every part of this book! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this book. Carefully researched, plausible plot, and definitely thought provoking. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I finished this book in 2 sittings. It was so good, I could hardly put it down!!!! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Such an engaging story! I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoyed both The DaVinci Code and Pope Joan. - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
For anyone interested in early Christian church history woven with fictional characters of first century AD and twentieth century archeology, this is a masterpiece! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is amazing, I truly hated to put it down when I had something to do. It has everything I want in a good book. - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lots of twists and turns make this a real page turner! A must read! - Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What begins as a high-spirited jaunt west to claim easy riches becomes a grim race for survival. Pegg is only 13 when he and his father set off for the gold fields of California. But by the standards of the 1840's, he's on the verge of manhood. Unfortunately, the third person in their party, Fred Hoyt, is a city slicker who is of little help on the trail. Worse, he proves to be unreliable, with a dangerous habit of making rash decisions.
Even as Pegg struggles to fulfill his father's dream of a better life for their family, Hoyt's every move jeopardizes his chances. Can Pegg muster the courage and perseverance to not just survive, but to succeed in the lawless frontier?
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
The alternate history first contact adventure Axiom's End is an extraordinary debut from Hugo finalist and video essayist Lindsay Ellis.
Truth is a human right.
It’s fall 2007. A well-timed leak has revealed that the US government might have engaged in first contact. Cora Sabino is doing everything she can to avoid the whole mess, since the force driving the controversy is her whistleblower father. Even though Cora hasn’t spoken to him in years, his celebrity has caught the attention of the press, the Internet, the paparazzi, and the government—and with him in hiding, that attention is on her. She neither knows nor cares whether her father’s leaks are a hoax, and wants nothing to do with him—until she learns just how deeply entrenched her family is in the cover-up, and that an extraterrestrial presence has been on Earth for decades.
Realizing the extent to which both she and the public have been lied to, she sets out to gather as much information as she can, and finds that the best way for her to uncover the truth is not as a whistleblower, but as an intermediary. The alien presence has been completely uncommunicative until she convinces one of them that she can act as their interpreter, becoming the first and only human vessel of communication. Their otherworldly connection will change everything she thought she knew about being human—and could unleash a force more sinister than she ever imagined.
A heart-wrenching WW2 story of forbidden love and torn allegiances.
Franz Keidel is a monstrous SS soldier: loyal, hateful, and devoted to Hitler. With a cold heart, he hunts down his Führer’s enemies, but one fateful mission will fracture his shield of ice.
While hunting for Jews, Franz stumbles across a familiar face: Amos Auman, his childhood friend. Amos is the only source of joy in Franz’s life, but he is also a Jew. Unable to bring himself to kill his friend, Franz vows to protect Amos from his fellow Nazis.
As Franz spends more time with Amos, bringing him food and books, he falls in love with his kind-hearted friend. How could he fall in love with a man, a Jew? How can he continue to hate Jews when a Jew has thawed his icy heart?
And what will Franz do if he has to choose between Amos and his loyalty to Hitler? What choices does he have when he is already beyond redemption?
Readers are touched by this historical novel:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book will grab your heart, make a fist, and squeeze until there is nothing but a dried up husk left. You have to read it! No, seriously. There are so many feels going on here. The author lifts you up then smashes you down, over and over again and I guarantee you’ll ask for more.” – A Voracious Reader
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Author Elyse Hoffman tells a small-scale story about World War II that perfectly demonstrates the dehumanization of the Jewish community of that era and how young German men were brainwashed to commit mass genocide. The characters are complex people with inner conflicts and grey morals that make them relatable and thoroughly compelling to read. If you liked the hit Hollywood movie Jojo Rabbit, you'll love Fracture.” – Reader’s Favorite
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book was amazing. I loved how much depth the characters had, and appreciated the moments that broke the tension by making me laugh. Hoffman did an excellent job of bringing the whole story to life, and has a unique way of describing things that made this a delight to read. Highly recommend!” – Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "…watching Franz wrestle with his beliefs and question everything he had been told was difficult for me. I found myself egging him on hoping he’d realize the truth about the lies he’d been told...
Only the best books can pull your emotions in every direction. I laughed, I worried, I gasped in shock, felt connected, had butterflies, and felt an ache in my stomach. It has been a long time since a book did this to me. Do not deprive yourself of this book. The author truly wrote a beautiful book about brokenness, love, and loyalty. It was raw and intriguing…”
Flour, butter ... Murder! Recently divorced baker Jenny King sifts through a pound of clues and red herrings to catch the killer in this bestselling cozy mystery series thousands love.
5 stars - 'Great storyline. Second time I've read this series and I still loved it.'
When forty four year old Jenny King moved to a remote island for a second chance at life, she didn't know it would involve murder. She's working at the Boardwalk Cafe, baking sweet treats to forget the bitter pill that is her life. Then a stranger's body washes up on the beach and her aunt is arrested. Compelled by circumstances, Jenny goes sleuthing to prove her aunt's innocence.
But who said solving a murder was going to be easy?
Jenny follows a baffling trail of twists and turns as she battles with a disapproving sheriff. Flanked by her newly minted friends, the Magnolias, she digs her feet in and marches ahead, evaluating suspects while serving cakes and muffins with a smile. It's only a matter of time before this amateur sleuth solves the puzzle.
If you like cozy murder mysteries with friendly small towns, beach settings, yummy food and a dash of romance, you will love the Pelican Cove cozy mystery series.
This boxed set collection contains four full mysteries with recipes.
Titles - Strawberries and Strangers, Cupcakes and Celebrities, Berries and Birthdays, Sprinkles and Skeletons.
Available for FREE via KINDLE UNLIMITED
Why do wizards always want you to go into the dungeon first? Dave and his friends are having a bad day. Not only are they having to come to terms with the fact they’re in a weird (and very un-Spartan) magical world, but if no one hires them soon, then it won’t be long before they have to embark on a short and boring career in death by starvation. But when a wizard, an elf, and a dwarf finally agree to hire the Spartans for a spot of monster-infested-dungeon-clearing, it soon becomes evident that the Spartans are going to have to deal with things much more magical and annoying than even they had anticipated. Funny and fast paced, strange and fantastical, join the Hard Blokes as they find out why the hell anyone would go to the trouble of keeping an ancient and mysterious relic in a dungeon, anyway…
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL
On the brink of World War II, with the Nazis tightening their grip on Berlin, a mother’s act of courage and love offers her daughter a chance of survival.
“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times…gravely beautiful…Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
At the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Her desperation leads her to Ettie, the daughter of a rabbi whose years spent eavesdropping on her father enables her to create a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Hanni’s daughter, Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined, their paths fated to cross, their fortunes linked.
What does it mean to lose your mother? How much can one person sacrifice for love? In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance, the fantastical and the mortal, in a place where all roads lead past the Angel of Death and love is never-ending.
Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun.
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.
The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.
Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.
Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna's journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.
Enter the operating room with Dr. William Meffert as he shares generations’ worth of his family’s wartime surgery experiences.
William Meffert is a surgeon. His father was a surgeon. And now, so is his son. Three generations familiar with incisions, blood, and loss. From World War II and Vietnam to modern operating rooms, they have all fought the battle for human life. Now, Meffert journeys with his son to chart his family’s history through the changing world of combat surgery and beyond to reveal the universal truths that connect them across generations.
As Meffert travels with his son to field hospital locations of World War II and Vietnam, they encounter detailed memories of trauma surgery, wounded soldiers, and the effects of war—a stark reminder of its cost on humankind. Throughout, Meffert meditates on the lasting impact of conflict and the pressures of a surgeon’s life, from being forced to make immediate life-or-death decisions for unknown patients, to the realities of blood and gore, to the difficulty of sharing these experiences with the uninitiated.
Linking together the individual lives of grandfather, father, and son, There Were No Flowers is a story of war, surgery, trauma, and the joys of fatherhood, family, and love in the face of it all.
A Best Book of the Year by NPR and Christian Science Monitor
Called “wholly engrossing” by New York Times bestselling author Kathleen Grissom, this “fully immersive” (Lisa Wingate, #1 bestselling author of Before We Were Yours) story follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.
Born on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia, Pheby Delores Brown has lived a relatively sheltered life. Shielded by her mother’s position as the estate’s medicine woman and cherished by the Master’s sister, she is set apart from the others on the plantation, belonging to neither world.
She’d been promised freedom on her eighteenth birthday, but instead of the idyllic life she imagined with her true love, Essex Henry, Pheby is forced to leave the only home she has ever known. She unexpectedly finds herself thrust into the bowels of slavery at the infamous Devil’s Half Acre, a jail in Richmond, Virginia, where the enslaved are broken, tortured, and sold every day. There, Pheby is exposed not just to her Jailer’s cruelty but also to his contradictions. To survive, Pheby will have to outwit him, and she soon faces the ultimate sacrifice.
"...[a] beautifully written historical debut explores themes of identity and resistance...their gripping stories will stick with readers long after the last page." –BookLife Reviews - Editors Choice
"A mesmerizing novel, moving and intelligent.”–Kirkus Reviews
Hans believes he and his family are safe from persecution.
Then, he discovers his family's dirty secret: his maternal grandparents were Jews who converted to Christianity.
Driven by the desire to understand who he is and whether his mother's blood is tainted, Hans befriends Rebecca, the only Jewish girl he knows. Perhaps if Jewish blood isn't evil, his mother will be ok.
To be a Jew in Hitler's Germany is dangerous.
But to fall in love with one is unthinkable.
Desperate to keep both his family's true heritage and his love for Rebecca a secret, Hans attempts to navigate this terrifying new world. He's disconsolate when his Jewish mother is kicked out of the Berlin Conservatory. He's disgusted by his Aryan father's aims to acquire Jewish business on the cheap.
Worst, he must watch helplessly as his classmates target Rebecca with increasing violence and malice.
But when his school announces it will expel Jewish students, Hans is determined to fight for Rebecca — and the lives and souls of his family.
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A beautifully written and moving historical fiction novel about a young boy coming of age during the beginning of the Nazi regime." -Reader's Choice
The early reader reviews are in - see what fans of Boris Glants' epic WW2 tale have to say:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A wonderful story of bravery, love, and the power of the human spirit. Highly recommend." –B. Evens, Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "A well-plotted and paced narrative with emotional themes and unrequited love during war time." –CE Williams, RosePoint Publishing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "The characters felt like people that belonged in that time, I was so invested in their development. It was a respectful and beautifully done historical novel." –K. McLeer, Netgalley Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ "Hans is a tragic figure caught in a changing world. B.V. Glants provides great insight into the struggles faced by German youth." –D.Viscosi, Goodreads
It's 1942 in German Occupied Greece during World War II, Eva and Zoe -- one a German officer's daughter, the other a young Greek woman filled with fury -- should be enemies but they come together in an unlikely union to save the lives of Jews targeted by the Nazis. They know that one wrong move will put an end to their lives.
Fourteen year old Zoe Lambros' faith in God is shattered after her mother's death at the hands of the German Commander. She determines to defy the enemy in every way she can--including a festering urge to kill the German Commander's daughter, Eva Muller.
Eva Muller has a tortured past, and a secret, if revealed, will lead to certain death at the hands of her father. Despite knowing the risk, Eva is working with the village priest to help the Jews escape. With her activities closely observed, Eva needs help to continue the clandestine operation. Zoe is not who Eva has in mind but they have to find a way to work as a team to accomplish their life saving mission.
- Finalist: Fiction - Historical - Event/Era - 2015 Readers' Favorite
- Finalist Gay/Lesbian Fiction - International Book Awards 2015
- Finalist First Novel - IAN (Independent Author Network) Book Of The Year Awards 2015
- Finalist Outstanding Historical Fiction - IAN (Independent Author Network) Book Of The Year Awards 2015
When Americans created civilization from wilderness, there were those who followed the rules and those who created their own—an enduring conflict between liberty and virtue that formed a new land.
Five years have passed since the death of the Shawnee leader Tecumseh. The native peoples of the Midwest have been defeated, and the fertile soil of Illinois is up for grabs by a steady stream of opportunistic dreamers. The ones who get there first will shape this new America as it suits them—or so they intend.
When two young adventurers, Thomas Beard and Murray McConnel, find their way to Mascouten Bay in 1818, the land is full of promise. There, Beard envisions a town built on the bank of the Illinois River, a bustling place of commerce. With McConnel’s gift for political strategy, the two manipulate the land, and the laws, to work in their favor. This new town—Beardstown—will be above all a place of civilization and culture. But the untapped wealth of the region attracts more than just families. Fierce young people are out to make their fortunes in any way they see fit, and the frontier promises them the freedom to do so. As the town’s founders wrestle to manage the clash of virtue and liberty, they bear witness to a nation shaping itself, a nation whose powerful forward momentum might be impossible for them, or anyone else, to control.
Beardstown boldly tracks the sweep of the nineteenth century across middle America and features an incredible cast of characters, from farmers, philosophers, soldiers, and gamblers to calculating entrepreneurs, charming and brilliant madams, and even a young captain-turned-lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. Beardstown is the second book of the American Trilogy series, three novels that reframe the epic legacy of the fight for the American Midwest.
NAMED A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017
"Welcome to the Brennenbach of Midnight! The Curse Hours have begun."
West Germany, 1968
When ten-year-old David Saidel's parents are murdered, he is sent to live with his grandfather in the anti-Semitic village of Brennenbach. Miserable and lonely, David finds solace in his kindly Grandpa Ernst, who has one strict rule: never go out after midnight.
When David breaks curfew to search for his missing dog, he discovers why Ernst is so serious about his curfew: Brennenbach is cursed. When midnight strikes, the town is thrown back to 1943, the height of Hitler's reign.
The Nazi ghosts that infest Brennenbach are just as dangerous as they were in life. They're hunting for David, thinking he is the last member of a family they've been ordered to destroy.
Through the help of a little girl named Maria Rahm, David sets out to end the Curse before it claims more victims.
Award-winning author Elyse Hoffman has crafted an expertly woven tale of World War II's horrors - perfect for readers of Marcus Zusak's "The Book Thief," or Michael Reit's "Beyond the Tracks."
The year is 1944…
Seventeen-year-old Phee Swensson, a gifted pianist who lives in Algona, Iowa, is stressing about her senior year of high school while caring for her family after her mother’s death. When her pastor father takes her to visit the nearby prisoner of war camp, the last thing she expects to find is friendship with a German POW who shares her passion for music.
After she is recruited as the accompanist for the POW choir, Phee begins to spend more time with her new friend who she initially considers “the enemy.” But their friendship strengthens, and inevitably, they fall in love, a forbidden love. But Phee is a pastor’s daughter, and her conflicting feelings torment her. Can she set aside her conditioned beliefs and follow her heart? And if she does, what will be the result?
Their love deepens, but as the moment draws near for the POWs to leave Camp Algona after the war ends, Phee has a life-altering decision to make.
Read now for a moving historical fiction story set in small-town America during World War II. Young readers and adults alike will fall for this first-love story featuring age-gap angst, thrilling suspenseful nights, and impossible life decisions. My Mother’s Friend contains both a past storyline and a more contemporary one to tell its timeless story.
Deadly radiation from a passing comet is about to destroy life on Earth.
In desperation, the U.S. Government constructs a series of underground shelters to protect as many people as possible. They are expected to be underground for 20 years before returning back to the surface.
But can they survive their time within the confines of the underground shelter... and what will they find when they finally emerge?
A parallel story to 'The Ark', 'The Anvil' is a riveting story of survival and courage in a post-apocalyptic sci-fi setting.
A green lieutenant. A ruthless enemy. A heart-rending choice that will haunt him the rest of his life. If he lives.
Korea 1950. Jonas Stuyvesant's silver spoon upbringing has not prepared him for the horrors of war. When Communist North Korea launches a surprise invasion of the South, Jonas finds himself leading his platoon against a well-trained, battle-hardened army. Soviet-made tanks break through the American lines. These are not the pitchfork-wielding peasants he expected. What should have been an easy victory turns into a devastating rout. Jonas and his men begin their retreat down the Peninsula, fighting a rear-guard action.
Backed against an unforgiving sea with no hope of relief, his shell-shocked troops hunker down for a suicidal last stand. Grasping for any way to save the remnants of his platoon, Jonas strikes a surprise blow against the North Koreans. When the enemy hurls a massive counterattack at him, Jonas is caught in the vise: be overrun or make an unthinkable sacrifice.
Forgotten Valor: A Novel of the Korean War is a visceral work of historical fiction covering the first three months of America's forgotten war. If you live for gritty details seen through a soldier's eyes, you'll love Richard Thomas Lane's story of courage under fire. Buy it Now!
Calin has found a way to help his sister, but the life of a wandering cultivator is proving to be dangerous and yet exciting.
With the help of his new sidekick Song, Calin is working to find cures for other aspiring cultivators, while growing stronger and finding his way in the world.
But when a dark secret from Song's past comes to light this dynamic duo is put in danger and Calin doesn't know if he can trust her or if she is going to be the death of him!
An exciting progression cultivation fantasy for fans of series like Cradle, Thousand Li and He Who Fights With Monsters
“Delightful.” —The New York Times Book Review
A psychic travel agent and a Seattle PD detective solve a murder in this quirky mystery in the vein of Lisa Lutz’s The Spellman Files and Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden series.
Meet Leda Foley: devoted friend, struggling travel agent, and inconsistent psychic. When Leda, sole proprietor of Foley's Flights of Fancy, impulsively re-books Seattle PD detective Grady Merritt’s flight, her life changes in ways she couldn’t have predicted.
After watching his original plane blow up from the safety of the airport, Grady realizes that Leda’s special abilities could help him with a cold case he just can’t crack.
Despite her scattershot premonitions, she agrees for a secret reason: her fiancé’s murder remains unsolved. Leda’s psychic abilities couldn’t help the case several years before, but she’s been honing her skills and drawing a crowd at her favorite bar’s open-mic nights, where she performs Klairvoyant Karaoke—singing whatever song comes to mind when she holds people’s personal effects. Now joined by a rag-tag group of bar patrons and pals alike, Leda and Grady set out to catch a killer—and learn how the two cases that haunt them have more in common than they ever suspected.