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Subject: Need Suggestions For a Friend
Date Posted: 3/2/2008 1:28 AM ET
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I need suggestions on some good historical fiction for a friend of mine. She loves a good historical story..doesn't mind some romance but doesn't want it to be the main focal point of the story. She's disabled and bored and I'd love to order her some books to read but I know nothing about historical fiction. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks so much!

Tammy

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 3:26 AM ET
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Does she like a certain time period?  Some good ones I read recently are The Samurai's Garden by Gail Sukiyama (Japan 1930s), The Dark Queen by Susan Carroll (battle between Catherine di Medici and the Cheney family--a mix of fairy tale/historical fiction), Persian Pickle Club by Sandra Dallas (1930s, Kansas), and Leonardo's Swans by Karen Essex (Renaissance Italy--Leonardo da Vinci is a background character).

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 4:16 AM ET
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I'd say probably the 1700s-early 1900s. I will ask her, Leonardo's Swans sounds good. I will check that one out. I know she likes books that have a historical character in them or something set around a historical event. Doesn't have to be historically accurate though.The Persian Pickle Club sounds good too. Thank you!

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 8:35 AM ET
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How about Saron Kay Penman? Here Be Dragons is the first in a trilogy about Wales and the loss of its independence. The Sunne in Splendour is about Richard the III. Both are excellent historical novels.

Anything by Elizabeth Chadwick, but particularly The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion - both about William Marshal.

 

Date Posted: 3/2/2008 5:21 PM ET
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Something that is a little different, but I'd recommend highly is Confessions of an Ugly Step sister by Gregory Maguire.  It takes the Cinderella tale, takes it from the perspective of one of the step sisters, and puts it in the backdrop of Tulip fever (17th Century) in Holland.  There are some famous characters and famous events.  I really enjoyed it.  (Though characters are similar, it isn't the Disney fairy tale version)

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 3:30 AM ET
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Thanks guys! I'm making a list of all your suggestions for her. I really appreciate the help!

Tammy

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 6:48 AM ET
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Tammy, There are some good suggestions on 2 other boards: here and here.