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London by Edward Rutherfurd (Historical Fiction)
I would recommend this book. It's quite longat over 1000 pages, but many of the chapters go rather quickly. It follows the development of the city of London, England through the lives of several intertwined families, and of course, Kings, Queens, dynasties and wars. London itself is the most fascinating character. If you want to learn some history and like good historical "thrillers," I would say this is foryou. -- Added by EmilyS on 01/22/2018

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The Orphan Keeper
The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright (Historical Fiction)
Wow! This book pulls you in with the writing, but more than that - knowing it's based off a true story, and a recent true story, pulls on your heartstrings. The Orphan Keeper is a must read, that will have you reflecting on your own life, and where you fit in it. -- Added by Apriddis on 01/22/2018

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan (Historical Fiction)
I liked the story of the courageous main character, but I was disappointed with the boring writing. -- Added by Debeb on 01/21/2018

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Carson's by Gayle Soucek (Historical Fiction)
If you are from Chicago, this makes for a great history read about an iconic Shopping Center, my mother was a manager for one of the departments and enjoyed working there for 30 yrs. -- Added by WmTHammer on 01/21/2018

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The Aviator's Wife
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (Historical Fiction)
Although the story has been fictionalized, the basic truths behind the lives of the Lindberghs come through in a very readable way. I learned much to enhance my previous knowledge about this famous couple, becoming more understanding of their situation, the times, and their personalities in the process. There is much to admire about both Charles and Anne, as well as characteristics that disappoint. They were exceptional individuals, and flawed as well. -- Added by Noni on 01/21/2018

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A Pattern of Lies
A Pattern of Lies by Charles Todd (Historical Fiction)
This is book 7 in a series about Bess Crawford a nursing sister during WWI. This story is set in England and France. -- Added by lmo2007 on 01/21/2018

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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Historical Fiction)
Engaging story with a sprinkling of history and a bit of mystery. -- Added by JoeWilli45 on 01/21/2018

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This Was a Man
This Was a Man by Jeffrey Archer (Historical Fiction)
recommend. a bit of a disappointment in the 7th of 7 books but after all the sturm und drang of the first 6 cannot complain too much. -- Added by edger on 01/20/2018

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The Women in the Castle
The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (Historical Fiction)
This was a very good book about WWII and a story about the women who's husbands tried to kill Hitler. Fascinating story. I would recommend this to book clubs ~ so much to talk about. -- Added by lklugar on 01/20/2018

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The Alice Network
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Historical Fiction)
Excellent historical fiction, although the Alice Network is real, the characters are representations. I was completely taken in by the story and characters. Greatly enjoyed it! -- Added by CALDTINS on 01/19/2018

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This Treacherous Journey
This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller (Historical Fiction)
I can't contain my excitement! I loved this book SO MUCH!!! (I mean, come on, who doesn't love a Mountain Man for a hero?!?!) But it was so much more than that! The story was so full of adventure and perils and tenderness that it had my heart racing in a different direction every other page! I was so engrossed in the story and the characters' lives and THE SETTING! The descriptions were so vivid, I felt I was the one traveling through the seemingly unending snowy mountains and valleys! This author did such an AMAZING job at making everything flow perfectly in this story and, meanwhile, kept me engrossed and entertained the whole time! I'm so, so SO EXCITED and can't WAIT for book two to come out!! I'll be eagerly awaiting it! (And, in the meantime, I need to get my hands on some more books by Misty M. Beller and get reading!) Talented author and INCREDIBLE book! Recommended to EVERYONE! Go and get yourself a copy!! -- Added by Elly on 01/18/2018

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Death at Nuremberg
Death at Nuremberg by W.E.B. Griffin (Historical Fiction)
recommend -- Added by edger on 01/18/2018

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Whistling Past the Graveyard
Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (Historical Fiction)
1963 adventure of a young Mississippi girl in search of her momma. She travels alone and accepts a ride from a black woman with a white baby. Good and quick read. -- Added by Bernadette on 01/16/2018

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Cometh the Hour
Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer (Historical Fiction)
recommend. one of a series in "the clifton chronicles". full of sturm and drang but a good read. -- Added by edger on 01/15/2018

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I have read the entire series and recommend it. However, be prepared for a cliffhanger at the end of every novel but the last. -- on 01/18/2018  
Lincoln in the Bardo
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders (Historical Fiction)
An unusual format tells of one night in a graveyard in Washington, D.C. the night in 1862 after Willie Lincoln, son of Abraham and Mary Lincoln, has died and been buried. The author uses snippets of contemporaneous documents and the voices of numerous other characters, also dead and buried, to reveal the mood of the times and what might lie "on the other side." -- Added by ElizabethR on 01/15/2018

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