Historical Fiction

A woman with a dagger, a man with a sword, and the hand of a British Redcoat stand before a backdrop of the Scottish Highlands wearing 18th century period costumes.

Outlander, Season 1, Volume 2

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
5
Rated by
Becky C.
Monday, Dec 2, 2019

When my friends started raving about the TV series, Outlander, I was more, meh. It sounds a bit outlandish, frankly. A twenty-something combat nurse from England finishes her tour of duty in Nazi-occupied France during World War II. On vacation in the Scottish Highlands with a husband she barely knows, after having been separated for five years during the war, she gets sucked back in time to the 18th century. Great. Another military conflict.

Cover for The Secret History, shows a Greek statue

The Secret History

Donna Tartt
3
Rated by
Megan K.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Donna Tartt has been on my radar for quite awhile, and I finally picked up The Secret History at the recommendation of multiple coworkers. To be honest, I finished this novel over a week ago, and I am still unsure how I feel. I was unimpressed with much of the book, but something about it is still stuck in the back of my brain. The entire book is a psychological analysis of the six main characters before and after murdering their friend.

Yellow sky with purple mountains underneath and green grassy meadow in the foreground. Author's name is in purple letters and overlayed over yellow sky. Title of book is in white letters on top of the green meadow.

The Giver of Stars

Moyes, Jojo
5
Rated by
Lisa H
Monday, Oct 7, 2019

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes is historical fiction at its very best! Set in 1939 Southern Kentucky, the lives of five strong female characters come together to form and operate the Packhorse Library, where they deliver by horseback, books, magazines and newspapers to those living in remote, rural areas.

Before We Were Yours cover photo

Before We Were Yours

Lisa Wingate
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Friday, May 17, 2019

Before We Were Yours is a moving, fascinating portrayal of an upper class Southern family dealing with dementia care, cancer, secrets and a family in 1939 ripped apart just because they live on the river. Have your Kleenex ready and Google pulled up. This novel presents many topics to discuss for book groups.

Cover of Diane Setterfield's book Once Upon a River

Once Upon a River

Diane Setterfield
5
Rated by
Meghan F
Friday, May 10, 2019

Fairy tales are often dismissed as stories only for children, but I've never been able to stop reading them, even as an adult. C.S.

Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl

The Harvey Way

Carolyn Meyer
5
Rated by
Heather McCartin
Monday, Apr 8, 2019

In the late 1800s and early-mid 1900s, the Harvey Girls were considered to be elite hostesses and servers for entrepreneur and businessman Fred Harvey. Harvey developed the concept of the ‘Harvey House’ dining areas along various railways across the United States, including the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe. These hospitality restaurants worked in tandem with the railways in order to provide first class service to passengers and railroad employees. Meals were served promptly on a strict schedule and all Harvey Girls were expected to follow a strict code of conduct that included a sp

Thursday, Feb 7, 2019

The Terror is a fictionalized account of the real historical event known as Franklin's Lost Expedition. The expedition, a crew of 129 men split between two British Royal Navy ships, set out in 1845 to discover a new route through the Arctic for trade between England and China - a route deemed the "Northwest Passage." Over a year after the expedition initially set sail, both ships (HMS Erebus and HMS Terror) became trapped in thick ice off the northern coast of Canada.

The Woman in White (dvd)

The Woman in White (DVD)

Wilkie Collins (novel) & Fiona Seres (screenplay)
4
Rated by
Bet M
Tuesday, Feb 26, 2019

This 5-episode miniseries, featuring two memorable female leads, expertly tackled Wilkie Collins's 656-page suspense novel (published in 1860) and kept me on the edge of my seat even more than many a modern thriller.

Cover for Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale (DVD)

Drew Goddard
4
Rated by
Zachary C
Wednesday, Jan 2, 2019

With an impressive cast,

Friday, Dec 21, 2018

This story is the legend of Sleepy Hollow from the point of view of the main female character, Katrina Van Tassel. Having grown up the only daughter to a wealthy farmer and doting mother, Katrina is strong in her opinions, desires and actions. While this strength of character gets Katrina into some mischief, it also allows her to follow her heart and find a deep love with the new school teacher, Ichabod Crane.

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