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Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Historical Fiction

top-ten-tuesday-shazreadsSo I really need to publish TTT posts on an actual Tuesday. Anyhoo, let’s get to it! Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is hidden gems in the genre of your choice. I’ve chosen historical fiction and they’re all written by female authors. The links in the titles will take you to my reviews.

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson
I’ve just finished reading this book and it’s a good debut novel set in East London from the Bermondsey women’s strike of 1911 through to the First World War.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory
My favourite book in The Cousins’ War series. Anne Neville was an heiress whose first marriage was at the age of 14. She later became an English queen and key player in the Wars of the Roses.

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan
A dualistic novel set in 1878 and 1922 about two governesses. This is an unpredictable historical drama with suspenseful gothic mystery.

The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
Historical fiction plus fantasy. This well-researched book is about a Regency heroine who kicks some demon butt.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Ok, not gonna lie, this isn’t an easy read but if you’re interested in the Tudors then it’s well worth the effort. Thomas Cromwell is portrayed as the good guy. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Mantel.

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
Another Philippa Gregory novel! Elizabeth Woodville is a powerful woman in this riveting read about intrigue and betrayal during the Wars of the Roses.

Thanks for reading this list. Have you read any of these hidden gems in historical fiction? Please let me know in the comments. Until next time, readers!

2 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems in Historical Fiction

    1. You’re welcome! Yes, if, like me, you’re a fan of Downton Abbey and Jane Eyre, then this book is for you. I hope you get a chance to check it out!


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