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Historical Fiction Reads

Historical Fiction Reads

 

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s day, celebrated on March 8, I have compiled a list of my favorite strong female protagonists in Historical Fiction.

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer Holm

 

 

Set in the 1950’s, this book is about a girl, Penny, who is growing up in an Italian-American household. Penny is 11 and this summer all what she wants is to eat butter pecan ice cream, go swimming, and play baseball. But matters are not so good in her family. Her favorite uncle is living in a car, her Nonny cries every time Penny's father’s name comes up, and both sides of her family aren’t speaking to each other. In this Newberry Honor book, you read about the importance of family and faith and a get a glimpse into what childhood in the 1950’s was like.

 

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

 

 

Set in the early Dark Ages, 16 year old Elaine is the daughter of one of King Arthur’s supporters. Song of the Sparrow is written in a poetic form, which captures the beautiful essence of the story. In this book, true romance is tested, the moral values of unwavering loyalty and companionship shines through, and Elaine proves that no matter what size, gender, or age you are, anything is possible.

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

 

 

The setting is 1930’s Munich, Germany, a city occupied with dark shadows and buried secrets. Gretchen Muller is a 16 year old girl who grew up under her “Uncle” Dolf. When Gretchen is approached by a Jewish journalist, she is confronted by the truth of her father’s death. In this book you will learn what it was like to be on the bad side, you will also learn to understand Germany in the 1930s and the truth about Adolf Hitler’s mentality.

 

Venom by Fiona Paul

 

The setting is Renaissance Italy and Cassandra Caravello, a Venetian elite, has everything a girl could wish for, elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé. When Cassandra comes upon a murdered woman in the tomb of her mother, she gets thrown into the darkened layer of Venice. Then she meets Falco, a mysterious, cunning, and handsome artist. But is he really who he says he is? In this book you will get a clear image of what living during the Renaissance is really like. You will find yourself craving for more adventures in this dark, mysterious Renaissance Venice.

 

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

 

 


Told between two time periods, modern day and 140 years before, seventeen year old Hester meets a stranger named Ezra and feels inexplicably drawn to him. 140 years before, a fierce, seductive mermaid falls in love a young naturalist, a human, named Ezra. Back to modern day, Hester is afraid to allow herself to love anybody because all of the women in her family have died shortly after giving birth. Is it a genetic defect. . .or a curse? Hester sets out to investigate while she keeps a relationship with Ezra. In this beautiful book you will find love, tragedy, and heartbreak, while being whisked away by the beautiful, but enigmatic description of beachsides in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

 

 

 

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