The Broke and the Bookish.
This week's Top Ten Tuesday is the top ten books you would recommend to people who haven't tried historical fiction.
I'll skip over bestselling titles like Orphan Train--those are books that have already found their readers. Here are books--some newer, and some you may never have heard of--that fall into the historical novel category. Each of the books below enthralled or entranced me in some way.
1. My Dream of You by Nuala O'Faolain. I love, love, love this book. Sadly, O'Faolain passed away, so there will be no more novels by this Irish writer, author of the best-selling memoir Are You Somebody. This is one of those books that goes back and forth between the present and the past. Here, the novel within a novel is about an Anglo-Irish landlord, his English wife, and her affair with an Irish groom. Set during the time of the Irish potato famine.
2. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. A beautifully crafted novel about secrets. Set during World War II, the 1960's and the present.
3. Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar. Set in England, this novel tells the story of Nell Gwyn, who rose from poverty to become a famed actress and the mistress of Charles II.
4. Time and Again by Jack Finney. I don't know if this is really a historical novel--it is more a blend of time travel, historical fiction, and mystery. But the writer brings to life New York in the 1880's.
5. Passion by Jude Morgan. One of the most immersive reading experiences I have had. This novel is about the Romantic English poets. Amazing, lush, gorgeous.
6. Vindication by Frances Sherwood. A novel about Mary Wollstonecraft, author of Vindication of the Rights of Women.
7. City of Light by Lauren Belfer. Set in Buffalo and Niagara Falls in 1901. This was one of the first historical novels I read and enjoyed. Still vivid in my mind, even though I read it more than a decade ago.
8. TransAtlantic by Colum McCann. This novel links several time periods and characters from history. Compelling for the beauty of the prose, and for the thematic links between characters and eras.
9. Possession by A.S. Byatt. One of the best novels I have every read. Set partly in the present, and partly during Victorian times.
10. Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures by Emma Straub. I'm a huge fan of old movies, so I loved this story of Old Hollywood.
What historical novels would you recommend?