{Top Ten Tuesday} Hidden Gem Books in Historical Fiction

Posted August 29, 2017 by Liza in Top 10 Tuesday / 2 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme created by The Broke and the Bookish

Hello!  As you know I’m a lover of fantasy, but I decided to tackle another genre for this TTT because I figured that you must be sick and tired of me doing the same thing over and over.  Thus, dear reader, here’s a list of my Top Ten favorite historical fiction for both adults and YA.

Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer is a story of a widow that posts an ad for a husband because she needs help keeping up with her ‘farm’ and the ex-convict man that answers her call.  It’s such a sweet love story that overcomes abuse, prejudice, a war, and even themselves.

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys is the story of a true event at the end of WWII, told by the POV of four young people from different sides of the conflict that will break your heart.

Duels & Deception is by Cindy Anstey, a new favorite YA author of historical fiction that manages to brilliantly combine mystery and romance in way that’s light and often hilarious.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is a masterpiece narrated by death during WWII that Liesl, a girl that’s starving for love, knowledge, and word.

The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery is the only adult novel written by the author of the beloved Anne of Green Gables series; it’s the breathtaking story of a spinster that finds love in the most unexpected way.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare is just plain awesome.  A sort of retelling of Beauty and the Beast, it’s a new favorite of mine.


Saving Grace by Julie Garwood is ideal for the lovers of highland romances. It’s a story of second chances, rising above our fears and the meaning of family.

Years by LaVyrle Spencer, well, let me pause here for a second and tell you that I’ve read most of Spencer’s books and they are ALL amazing.  Now, Years is the story of a widowed farmer and the young teacher that steals his heart, even when he struggles to come to terms with their age difference and love has no age.


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas, oh my word but this series is awesome!  I just finished book #2 and it’s even better!  The Lady Sherlock series is based on Sherlock Holmes only that Holmes is a woman.

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson is a must read for Jane Austen’s fans, and is, at its core a sweet love story.

Have you read any of these?  Do you like historical fiction?  What’s in your TTT?



I'm an avid reader (since I learned to read at age four) and a book blogger (since May, 2011).I read mostly YA, but I also read romance, new adult and some middle grade.

Born in Puerto Rico, hola :), military wife for 22-years, and mother of three boys.I work full time doing something else that I love (sadly I don't get paid for reading!)


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2 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday} Hidden Gem Books in Historical Fiction

  1. Nathan

    I have read a few. Might I suggest Curiosity by Joan Thomas? It is about the Victorian paleontologist Mary Anning. It is about her and possible love interest. It has fossils, tragedy, hardship, and forbidden love. And all the characters are real people from history, there is a bit about them at the back of the book. Read it, you won’t regret it. A Scotsman in Upper Canada: The narrative of Gordon Sellar, by Robert Sellar is a good settler story. I would also recommend Dancer of the Nile by Veronica Scott, that is more of a historical romance set in 1500 BCE. Historical fiction is not my largest genre but here are a few I have read.

  2. I don’t read a ton of historical fiction, but Cindy Anstey won me over with Duels & Deception. It was so much fun. I want to read a Study in Scarlet Women, because it is based on Sherlock Holmes. I read two of Julie Berry’s books, and they were excellent (All the Truth That’s in Me, The Passion of Dolssa) and I guess Lady Jane would be historical fiction (no?) and it was hilarious.

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