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Subject: Looking for Reading Suggestions
Date Posted: 8/26/2010 9:55 PM ET
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Fisrt time I have posted in the Historical Fiction forums. I have just finished reading "The Vanishing Point" and loved it. I have also read the "Year of Wonders" and enjoyed it a great deal. I am looking for other books similiar to these. I don't particularly care for Tudor style books or the "bodice ripper" type books (nothing wrong with them) just not my cup of tea. I am looking for books set in the 18th to early 19th Cenury time period. I would appreiate any suggestions anyone can give me!!! Thanks..

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Date Posted: 8/26/2010 10:23 PM ET
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Sara Donati's Wilderness series.

Celeste De Blasis' Swan trilogy. Wild Swan, Swan's Chance and A Season of Swans.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 7:38 AM ET
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Hi Kathleen!  You might try Diana Gabaldon's books. She has written a series about a woman who travels back in time to 18th century Scotland.  The first one is Outlander.  They are big, long, sprawling sagas.

I'm sure you'll get more suggestions from the ladies here.  They are very helpful at making your TBR pile grow.wink

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 8:15 AM ET
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I'm sure you'll get more suggestions from the ladies here.  They are very helpful at  complusive about making your TBR pile grow.

Fixed.

Welcome, Kathleen! If you liked The Vanishing Point, you might want to try books by Deeanne Gist...A Bride Most Begruding, The Measure of a Lady. She's classified as Christian Fiction, but she's not at all preachy and has good stories about strong women in the time period you are interested in.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 9:39 AM ET
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LOL@Christa....

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 10:32 AM ET
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Kathleen, if you liked Year of Wonders, you may also like what is in my opinion Geraldine Brooks' best book, March.  It's told from the perspective of the absent father of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, who's a chaplain for the Union Army in the Civil War.  It's a really wonderful book, if you enjoy Civil War-era.  It also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006.  I highly recommend it.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 12:16 PM ET
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Hello Kathleen, and welcome! You'll find your reading pile growing in no time. wink

(Cough) ... Georgette Heyer ... (cough, cough)  She is the queen of Regency romance. These aren't bodice rippers (barely any kissing) but well plotted, amusing stories with great characters. I've just recently become addicted to her & I sing her praises on this forum often. The Grand Sophy and Arabella are both wonderful comic romances (Sophy, in particular, reads like a Shakespearian comedy transplanted to the early 19th century.) For some swashbuckling adventure with your romance, try The Masqueraders.

The Victorian period occurred a bit later than the dates you specified (mid to late 19th century) but if you're at all interested, Deanna Raybourn has written a wonderful trilogy of suspense novels featuring Lady Julia Grey, an amateur sleuth coming into her own as a woman. They have a brooding, almost Gothic feel, but plenty of humor & romance as well. They are Silent in the Grave, Silent in the Sanctuary and Silent on the Moor. A fourth book, Dark Road to Darjeeling, releases in October.

The Lost King of France by Deborah Cadbury is non-fiction, but it's one of the most tragic, gripping stories I've read in the last few years. It examines what became of the son of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette after they were executed during the French Revolution. In 1795, revolutionary leaders declared the boy was dead, but that didn't keep pretenders from appearing, claiming they were the rightful heirs to the French throne.

Again, welcome! We hope to see you posting more here.

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 1:32 PM ET
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Oh no ladies I see my TBR list getting longer and longer....surprise

Date Posted: 8/27/2010 2:10 PM ET
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Kathleen, well you did ask

I'll second the de Blasis books. There's also Gwen Bristow's historicals that are set in the US. Calico Palace is my favorite.

Subject: A Different Sort of Historical Fiction
Date Posted: 8/27/2010 3:59 PM ET
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Since you liked "Year of Wonders", try "People of the Book" also by Geraldine Brooks.  It is historical fiction in that it switches back and forth from present day to periods in history with the link being a book.

I also really enjoyed 2 books about the life of Gengis Khan.  "Wolf of the Plains", "Lords of the Bow" by Conn Iggulden.  There is a third "Bones of the Hills" which I haven't gotten to yet.  I love reading about battles (call me crazy) and this author can really make them come alive.  I guess I didn't know much about Gengis until reading these books.