2019 Historical Fiction Roundup

Happy Wednesday, Savvy Readers! Whether you’re struggling through hump day or flying through the week, I’ve got your 2019 Historical Fiction Roundup, and there have been some truly amazing titles released this year! So without further ado, let’s get into it!


The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Okay, so technically The Gown published on the last day of 2018, but it’s so good we couldn’t help but include it! In The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.


The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

From the author of The Orphan’s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II. Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.


The Huntress by Kate Quinn

From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, The Alice Network, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America. Described as “compulsively-readable” this immersive, heart-wrenching story, illuminates the consequences of war on individual lives, and the price we pay to seek justice and truth.


The Quintland Sisters by Shelley Wood

For fans of The Home for Unwanted GirlsShelley Wood‘s novel tells the story of the Dionne Quintuplets, the world’s first identical quintuplets to survive birth, told from the perspective of a midwife in training who helps bring them into the world. As the fight over custody and revenues turns increasingly explosive, Emma is torn between the fishbowl sanctuary of Quintland and the wider world, now teetering on the brink of war. Steeped in research, The Quintland Sisters is a novel of love, heartache, resilience, and enduring sisterhood—a fictional, coming-of-age story bound up in one of the strangest true tales of the past century.


Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

One of BookBub’s best historical novels of the year and Oprah magazine’s buzziest books of the month, Resistance Women is an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.


The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham

An enthralling new tale of courage, betrayal and survival in the hardest of circumstances that readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz will love. If you haven’t had a chance to read The German Midwife this is one book that belongs on your TBR!


The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

In breathtaking prose and inspired by true stories from a devastating and little-known era in Japanese and American history, The Woman in the White Kimono illuminates a searing portrait of one woman torn between her culture and her heart, and another woman on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.


The Ventriloquists by E.R. Ramzipoor

In this triumphant debut inspired by true events, a ragtag gang of journalists and resistance fighters risk everything for an elaborate scheme to undermine the Reich. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters and stunning historical detail, E.R. Ramzipoor’s dazzling debut novel illuminates the extraordinary acts of courage by ordinary people forgotten by time. It is a moving and powerful ode to the importance of the written word and to the unlikely heroes who went to extreme lengths to orchestrate the most stunning feat of journalism in modern history.


The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton

A pre-World War II-era story with the emotional resonance of Orphan Train and All the Light We Cannot See, centering on the Kindertransports that carried thousands of children out of Nazi-occupied Europe—and one brave woman who helped them escape to safety.


Five Wives by Joan Thomas

Described by the Toronto Star as “the season’s must-read for historical fiction fans”, Five Wives is the winner of the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. Set in the rainforest of Ecuador, this incredible novel tells the story of five women left behind when their missionary husbands are killed. Based on the shocking real-life events, Five Wives is a riveting, often wrenching story of evangelism and its legacy, teeming with atmosphere and compelling characters and rich in emotional impact.

Well, that’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers! I hope you enjoyed our 2019 Historical Fiction Roundup! How many of these books have you read, and which ones are you adding to your TBR? Tweet us @SavvyReader or comment below.

Happy reading!

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