Best Historical Fiction Book Recommendations

While time travel will (probably) never happen, we’ll always have the next best thing: historical fiction novels. Through the magic of fiction (and authors’ dedication to researching endless incredible details), readers can feel as though they’ve been everywhere and every time, from Ancient Greece to colonial Asia to the American Revolution to the Holocaust. If you’re a fiction lover who wants to learn more about the past but isn’t sure about diving into the world of history books, it’s the best of both worlds. 

Another reason to love historical fiction is that it can be crossed with any other genre. From historical mysteries to steamy historical romance to hilarious historical fiction, whatever genre you enjoy can be placed in another period.

Clearly, this is a genre that truly has something for everyone. Whether you prefer novels that bring you to times of war and terror or more whimsical stories set in the past; historical fiction that is surprisingly accurate or tales that take creative license with their settings, you'll find endless books to add to your TBR pile in the lists below.

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The Books That Helped Mary Glickman Write An Undisturbed Peace

An author's search for an accurate account of the Trail of Tears.

8 Westerns for People Who Hate Westerns

If you think Westerns are all the same, think again.

Celebrate Liberty with 10 Books about the American Revolution

Discover stellar stories about the war that gave birth to our nation.

7 Dreamy Romance Sagas from Gwen Bristow

These historical romances enlighten and entertain. 

Getting Started with Cynthia Freeman Books

Ten tales of self-discovery in sweeping historical sagas. 

10 Addictive Beach Reads For Your Summer Bookcation

These are the summer books everyone's going to be talking about.

The 5 Best Historical Fiction Books to Read This Summer

Transport yourself back in time with these gripping reads.

9 Books That Explore Colonial Asia

From epic histories and bitter romances to culture-clash politics and farcical affairs.

The 10 Best Romance Books of 2020

Romances we want to remember, from the year we'd rather forget.

10 Absorbing Novels You'd Never Guess Were Historically Accurate

These historical fiction novels don't sacrifice accuracy for style or verve.

Why You Should Re-Read To Kill a Mockingbird

A look back at a banned book that grapples with racism in the Deep South.

Discover a True Story of Passion and Scandal in The Woman Before Wallis

Read an excerpt from Bryn Turnbull's stunning historical fiction novel.