Thursday, December 31, 2009

Favorite historical fiction of 2009


Since I didn't have time to read any fiction this year, I thought I'd ask some book review bloggers to share their historical fiction favorites of 2009.

Bookfan-Mary

Mary reads all types of books, but her top historical fiction picks for 2009 are:
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran (ISBN-13: 978-0307409126)

Mary says: What happened after the demise of Cleopatra and Marc Antony? Here's the story of what happened to their children. Excellent novel, beautifully written YA/Adult fiction that reads like adult fiction.

and

Hugh and Bess by Susan Higginbotham (ISBN: 978-1402215278)

Mary says: Wonderful story of 14th century England. Chivalry is not dead and the Plague is on the rise. Again, great story.

See all of Mary's favorite books of 2009 (including my novel Shades of Gray).

LoveRomancePassion

Keira runs this book review blog for readers by readers on romance novels. She’s been reading romance since she was in her teens and began blogging about romance so she could share her passion for her favorite genre.

Her top historical fiction pick is These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer (ISBN: 978-1402219474)

Keira says: I picked this book because it was a superbly written romance that I never wanted to end. I was so sad to see them sort everything out and declare themselves to one another because it meant the story was over.

Her second pick is Compromised by Kate Noble (ISBN: 978-0425226506)

Keira says: I picked this book because it's fun and very tongue-in-cheek. To quote my review, "Gail Alton [the heroine] is unfashionably tall and unfashionably intelligent and unfashionably irksome." She was fabulous!

Historical Tapestry

Historical Tapestry is a blog run by a group of Historical Fiction readers. They read across a variety of genres and settings, and feature reviews, guest posts, HF news, events and much more!

Marg's favorite historical fiction novel for 2009 is The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley.

Marg says: From the first moment I picked up this book, I was sucked into the worlds of historical fiction Carrie, as she in turn was drawn into the world of Sophia who lived in the early 1700s in Scotland! I have been recommending this book to anyone I talked to. One thing to bear in mind is that the title has now been changed to Sophia's Secret. Regardless of which title the book has, the contents of the book are excellent, and I am looking forward to reading more from Susanna Kearsley next year.

See all of Marg's favorite books.

Hope everyone finds great reads in 2010! Happy New Year!

2 comments:

Marg said...

Thanks for including me in this list! The only book mentioned that I haven't read and loved this year was Compromised, so I have added that to my TBR list!

wisteria said...

This is a little late, but here are my top historical favorite pics for 2009.

The Widow's War, by Mary Mackey
The Crimson Rooms, by Katharine McMahon-review pending publication
The Little Stranger, Sarah Waters
Scottsboro, by Ellen Feldman
Sweeping Up Glass, by Carolyn Wall
The White Mary, by Kira Kalak
High Spirits by, Dianne K. Salerni
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by, Jamie Ford
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Sociey, by Mary Ann Shaffer

I also included a classic---Little Women.

:)

And I quote...

"[L]et us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Strengthened by their courage, heartened by their valor, and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died."
--Ronald Reagan at Pointe du Hoc, 1984