It’s that time of year again! Everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Temperatures have dropped below freezing and everyone needs a good book to read or give as a gift. So we kick off our top selections of the year with Historical Fiction!
Top Pick: Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin
There is no doubt that this is Sarah Sundin’s best book! I have been reading her WWII fiction for years and this book had me captured from the beginning through the end. Just when I thought that the story was about to let up, she threw in a twist that I didn’t see coming and kept me glued to the page. Thank goodness I had a couple of days where all I had to do was read!
Runner Up: Fires of Edo by Susan Spann
After almost three years, Hiro Hattori and Father Mateo have returned for another mystery! What makes these stories so great is the banter between the two main characters. It’s just comical and makes the story move along so well, but the mysteries are always intriguing to keep the reader trying to guess at what the truth is.
Honorable Mention: The Blue Diamond by Leonard Goldberg
This is one of those series that I can’t wait for the next installment every year! It always winds up on my “best of” list and the “looking forward to” list! The mysteries are always so intertwined that my brain keeps turning throughout the whole book trying to keep with Joanna and figure out who is the culprit. Just when I think I have it figured out, Goldberg throws in a curveball to keep me guessing right up till the end with Joanna reveals it all.
Honorable Mention: The Resistance Girl by Mandy Robotham
I’ve always thought one of the best aspects of a historical fiction novel is when you get to learn something you knew little to nothing about. Such was the case with The Resistance Girl.
Honorable Mention: The Hidden Palace by Dinah Jefferies
When you read a trilogy, the middle book is really more of the bridge from beginning to end and doesn’t always hold the interest of the reader. Jefferies does a grab job transitioning the story to only one of the characters from the first book and changing it to more of a crossover time slip. Plus shining light on little known history is always a plus!