Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Historical Fiction. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Girls in the Stilt House: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

"Remarkable debut.... a nearly flawless tale of loss, perseverance and redemption."— Publishers Weekly , STARRED review Set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder—perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and If the Creek Don't Rise . Ada promised herself she would never go back to the Trace, to her hard life on the swamp and her harsh father. But now, after running away to Baton Rouge and briefly knowing a different kind of life, she finds herself with nowhere to go but back home. And she knows there will be a price to pay with her father. Matilda, daughter of a sharecropper, is from the other side of the Trace. Doing what she can to protect her family from the whims and demands of some particularly callous locals is an ongoing struggle. She forms a plan to go north, to pack up the secrets she's holding about her life in the South and hang them on the line for all to see in Ohio. As the two girls are drawn deeper into a dangerous world of bootleggers and moral corruption, they must come to terms with the complexities of their tenuous bond and a hidden past that links them in ways that could cost them their lives.

  • Author: Kelly Mustian
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

2. Band of Sisters: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

"With heart and humor, Willig explores the complexities of female friendships - feuds, forgiveness, and all. A touching portrait of triumph and found family in the midst of war. Bravo!” (Stephanie Dray, New York Times best-selling author of America's First Daughter and The Women of Chateau Lafayette ) A group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I in this sweeping novel based on a true story - a skillful blend of Call the Midwife and The Alice Network - from New York Times best-selling author Lauren Willig. A scholarship girl from Brooklyn, Kate Moran thought she found a place among Smith’s Mayflower descendants, only to have her illusions dashed the summer after graduation. When charismatic alumna Betsy Rutherford delivers a rousing speech at the Smith College Club in April of 1917, looking for volunteers to help French civilians decimated by the German war machine, Kate is too busy earning her living to even think of taking up the call. But when her former best friend Emmeline Van Alden reaches out and begs her to take the place of a girl who had to drop out, Kate reluctantly agrees to join the new Smith College Relief Unit. Four months later, Kate and 17 other Smithies, including two trailblazing female doctors, set sail for France. The volunteers are armed with money, supplies, and good intentions - all of which immediately go astray. The chateau that was to be their headquarters is a half-burnt ruin. The villagers they meet are in desperate straits: women and children huddling in damp cellars, their crops destroyed and their wells poisoned. Despite constant shelling from the Germans, French bureaucracy, and the threat of being ousted by the British army, the Smith volunteers bring welcome aid - and hope - to the region. But can they survive their own differences? As they cope with the hardships and terrors of the war, Kate and her colleagues find themselves navigating old rivalries and new betrayals which threaten the very existence of the Unit. With the Germans threatening to break through the lines, can the Smith Unit pull together and be truly a band of sisters?

  • Author: Lauren Willig
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical, World War I

                 

3. Malibu Rising: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

New York Times Best Seller Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Featured on Today From the author of Daisy Jones & The Six and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo .... Four famous siblings throw an epic party to celebrate the end of the summer. But over the course of 24 hours, their lives will change forever.   “One of the most anticipated books of the year - and rightfully so...It’s a must-read.”( Parade ) Malibu: August 1983. It’s the day of Nina Riva’s annual end-of-summer party, and anticipation is at a fever pitch. Everyone wants to be around the famous Rivas: Nina, the talented surfer and supermodel; brothers Jay and Hud, one a championship surfer, the other a renowned photographer; and their adored baby sister, Kit. Together the siblings are a source of fascination in Malibu and the world over - especially as the offspring of the legendary singer Mick Riva. The only person not looking forward to the party of the year is Nina herself, who never wanted to be the center of attention, and who has also just been very publicly abandoned by her pro tennis player husband. Oh, and maybe Hud - because it is long past time for him to confess something to the brother from whom he’s been inseparable since birth. Jay, on the other hand, is counting the minutes until nightfall, when the girl he can’t stop thinking about promised she’ll be there. And Kit has a couple secrets of her own - including a guest she invited without consulting anyone. By midnight the party will be completely out of control. By morning, the Riva mansion will have gone up in flames. But before that first spark in the early hours before dawn, the alcohol will flow, the music will play, and the loves and secrets that shaped this family’s generations will all come rising to the surface. Malibu Rising is a story about one unforgettable night in the life of a family: the night they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them...and what they will leave behind.

  • Author: Julia Whelan
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction, Family Saga

                 

4. Except the Dying (Murdoch Mysteries Book 1)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl’s simple life has something to hide.

  • Author: Maureen Jennings
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart (April 21, 2010)
  • Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Mystery

                 

5. The Hollow of Fear (The Lady Sherlock Series Book 3)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

As seen on The Today Show ! One of the best summer mystery picks! Charlotte Holmes, Lady Sherlock, returns in the Victorian-set mystery series from the USA Today bestselling author of A Conspiracy in Belgravia and A Study in Scarlet Women , an NPR Best Book of 2016. Under the cover of "Sherlock Holmes, consulting detective," Charlotte Holmes puts her extraordinary powers of deduction to good use. Aided by the capable Mrs. Watson, Charlotte draws those in need to her and makes it her business to know what other people don't. Moriarty's shadow looms large. First, Charlotte's half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte's close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer. With Scotland Yard closing in, Charlotte goes under disguise to seek out the truth. But uncovering the truth could mean getting too close to Lord Ingram--and a number of malevolent forces...

  • Author: Sherry Thomas
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 2, 2018)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

                 



6. The Words We Whisper


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

From the bestselling author of Honeysuckle Season comes a sweeping saga that interweaves the past and present in an epic tapestry of love, war, and loss. As a hospice nurse, Zara Mitchell has already seen more death than most people will experience in a lifetime. So when her older sister asks her to help care for their ailing grandmother, Zara agrees—despite strained family relationships. Though pale and tired, Nonna has lost none of her sharp mind. She’s fixated on finding something long forgotten, and she immediately puts Zara to work cleaning out the attic. Unexpectedly, amid the tedium of sifting through knickknacks and heirlooms, Zara also reconnects with a man she’s attracted to but whose complicated past makes romance seem impossible. But then Zara finds what Nonna was looking for: a wooden chest, an emerald broach, a leather-bound journal. As she immerses herself in stories of heroism and loss set against the backdrop of war-torn Italy in 1943, Zara finds answers to questions she didn’t know she had. And they change everything she thinks she knows about love, regret, and seizing the day.

  • Author: Mary Ellen Taylor
  • Publisher: Montlake (July 20, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

7. The Secret Messenger: The gripping historical fiction novel from the international bestseller


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

The highly awaited new novel from the internationally bestselling author of The German Midwife (also published as A Woman of War ). Venice, 1943 The world is at war, and Stella Jilani is leading a double life. By day she works in the lion’s den as a typist for the Reich; by night, she risks her life as a messenger for the Italian resistance. Against all odds, Stella must impart Nazi secrets, smuggle essential supplies and produce an underground newspaper on her beloved typewriter. But when German commander General Breugal becomes suspicious, it seems he will stop at nothing to find the mole, and Stella knows her future could be in jeopardy. London, 2017 Years later, Luisa Belmont finds a mysterious old typewriter in her attic. Determined to find out who it belonged to, Luisa delves into the past and uncovers a story of fierce love, unimaginable sacrifice and, ultimately, the worst kind of betrayal… Set between German-occupied 1940s Venice and modern-day London, this is a fascinating tale of the bravery of everyday women in the darkest corners of WWII, for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Praise for The Secret Messenger : ‘Rich and captivating…a vivid story of love, sacrifice and betrayal.’ Woman’s World ‘Intriguing, pacy and fascinating.’ Suzanne Goldring, author of My Name is Eva ‘Unique, emotional and life-affirming.’ Melanie Hudson, author of The Last Letter from Juliet ‘A beautifully written novel, perfect for historical fiction lovers.’ Soraya M. Lane, bestselling author of The Girls of Pearl Harbor ‘Another fantastic page-turner.’ LP Fergusson, author of A Dangerous Act of Kindness ‘I felt I was walking alongside Stella over bridges and along canals at every heartstopping moment… Wonderful.’ Molly Green, author of An Orphan’s Wish ‘One of the stronger novels that pays homage to the women involved in the movements of resistance.’ Reader review ‘Refreshingly different. Even if you think you have read enough war books this year I strongly recommend you read this one.’ Reader review ‘If you like WWII stories, this is a must read.’ Reader review

  • Author: Mandy Robotham
  • Publisher: Avon (December 12, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction

                 

8. We Begin at the End


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

Winner of The Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel from The Crime Writers’ Association (UK) An Instant New York Times Bestseller “A vibrant, engrossing, unputdownable thriller that packs a serious emotional punch. One of those rare books that surprise you along the way and then linger in your mind long after you have finished it.” —Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds Right. Wrong. Life is lived somewhere in between. Duchess Day Radley is a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed outlaw. Rules are for other people. She is the fierce protector of her five-year-old brother, Robin, and the parent to her mother, Star, a single mom incapable of taking care of herself, let alone her two kids. Walk has never left the coastal California town where he and Star grew up. He may have become the chief of police, but he’s still trying to heal the old wound of having given the testimony that sent his best friend, Vincent King, to prison decades before. And he's in overdrive protecting Duchess and her brother. Now, thirty years later, Vincent is being released. And Duchess and Walk must face the trouble that comes with his return. We Begin at the End is an extraordinary novel about two kinds of families—the ones we are born into and the ones we create.

  • Author: Chris Whitaker
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (March 2, 2021)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Literature & Fiction

                 

9. Song of Achilles, The


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

A New York Times Bestseller “At once a scholar’s homage to The Iliad and startlingly original work of art….A book I could not put down.” —Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House A thrilling, profoundly moving, and utterly unique retelling of the legend of Achilles and the Trojan War from the bestselling author of  Circe A tale of gods, kings, immortal fame, and the human heart, The Song of Achilles is a dazzling literary feat that brilliantly reimagines Homer’s enduring masterwork, The Iliad . An action-packed adventure, an epic love story, a marvelously conceived and executed page-turner, Miller’s monumental debut novel has already earned resounding acclaim from some of contemporary fiction’s brightest lights—and fans of Mary Renault, Bernard Cornwell, Steven Pressfield, and Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series will delight in this unforgettable journey back to ancient Greece in the Age of Heroes. “Mary Renault lives again!”  —Emma Donoghue, author of  Room

  • Author: Madeline Miller
  • Publisher: Ecco; 37696th edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0062060624
  • Dimensions: 0.96 x 5.38 x 7.82 inches

                 

10. Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Historical Fiction - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous breakup—from the author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and the new novel Malibu Rising , available now! REESE’S BOOK CLUB PICK • IN DEVELOPMENT AS AN ORIGINAL STREAMING SERIES EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY REESE WITHERSPOON   “An explosive, dynamite, down-and-dirty look at a fictional rock band told in an interview style that gives it irresistible surface energy.”—Elin Hilderbrand NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The Washington Post • Esquire • Glamour • Real Simple • Good Housekeeping • Marie Claire • Parade • Paste • Shelf Awareness • BookRiot Everyone knows DAISY JONES & THE SIX, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now. Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock ’n’ roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road. Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend. The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.

  • Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Genre Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-1524798642
  • Dimensions: 5.21 x 0.87 x 7.99 inches