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Historical Fiction@your Library

Historical fiction puts the “story” back in history, taking us back in time and combining pleasure with knowledge. Although perhaps easier to understand than history textbooks, these novels are not always totally accurate, but do give us the feeling and atmosphere of the times. Historical fiction is often combined with romance or mystery or even adventure making it doubly appealing to readers.

Some historical fiction writers are associated with a specific time period. For example, Jean Auel has a series set in pre-historic times, Karen Cushman writes about the Middle Ages, Sara Donati’s novels are set in early America and Jeff Shaara is associated with the American Civil War.

Searching the Bracebridge Public Library catalogue using the subject heading “historical fiction” leads you to 1300 titles to choose from! Let’s look at a few of the recent arrivals at Bracebridge Public Library.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn, The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman, and The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner are all set during the Second World War years but deal with different settings and experiences.

King of Kings by Wilbur Smith takes us back to the time just prior to World War I in Egypt while The American Duchess by Karen Harper is set at the turn of the 20th century with the fictional account of the real person Consuelo Vanderbilt.

Victoria Thompson’s Gaslight mysteries are also historical fiction in that they are set in the late 1800’s. The latest title is Murder on Trinity Place.

The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Diane McPhail is set during the American Civil War and The Familiars by Stacey Halls takes readers all the way back to the 17th Century and the often dangerous lives of midwives.

Welcome to the wonders of historical fiction at Bracebridge Public Library.

December 1, 2019

By Ruth Holtz

Digital and Information Services Librarian

Bracebridge Public Library



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You may view what the library has ordered however please note, this is not a list of new acquisitions. Please do not contact the library to place a request on any of these items until they are available in the catalogue. Some items are ordered "pre-publication", so it could be several months before they arrive. THANK YOU.