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7 historical fiction books to look out for in January 2018


One thing I like about historical fiction is that I'm not constantly focusing on me, or people like me; you're obliged to concentrate on lives that are completely other than your own.

Emma Donoghue


Here come seven new January books for historical fiction lovers. To add them to your shelf, click +Shelf and select a reading status.

What's your beloved historical novel?



The English Wife by Lauren Willig 

Out: Jan. 09, 2018

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life in New York: he's the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he's recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she's having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad.


A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn 

Out: Jan. 16, 2018

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can’t resist the allure of an exotic mystery—particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.


A Daring Escape (The London Chronicles) by Tricia Goyer 

Out: Jan. 01, 2018

As the threat of World War II looms on the horizon, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. Life changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Nazi forces tighten their grip on the country, and Andrew's efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia grow desperate. Children's lives are at risk. Amity knows she can't ignore God's call to join her brother's cause.


A Sword in Time (Thief in Time Series Book 3) by Cidney Swanson 

Out: Jan. 30, 2018

DaVinci has a job to do: travel back in time to save her house from demolition, which isn’t a problem except that in doing so, she ruins everything else in her life. Quintus, a hunk from 53 BC stuck in this century, has his own job: deliver a letter from Caesar to Pompey. Obviously, he’ll need a time machine, too. But when he and DaVinci accidentally travel together to ancient Rome, they’ll both need swords, daggers, benches, and—oh, yeah—a not-broken time machine to get out of there alive.


Hearts of Resistance by Soraya M. Lane 

Out: Jan. 10, 2018

At the height of World War II, three women must come together to fight for freedom, for the men they love—and for each other.

When Hazel is given the chance to parachute into Nazi-occupied France, she seizes the opportunity to do more for the British war effort than file paperwork. Alongside her childhood friend, French-born Rose, she quickly rises up the ranks of the freedom fighters. For Rose, the Resistance is a link to her late husband, and a way to move forward without him. What starts out as helping downed airmen becomes a bigger cause when they meet Sophia, a German escapee and fierce critic of Hitler who is wanted by the Gestapo. Together the three women form a bond that will last a lifetime.


The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 

Out: Jan. 11, 2018

In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz


The Traitor's Club: Caleb by Laura Landon 

Out: Jan. 30, 2018


Captain Caleb Parker was the lone bachelor, holding out long after his fellow traitors had tied the knot. He held himself to no standard but to do good in the world. Until he met the countess. Lady Eleanor Grattling moved him in ways he'd not experienced, tempting him with images of a marriage he knew could never be. Her title and his low station would see to that. Still, every instinct drew him closer, determined to save her from Virgil Blackboot and the evil that threatened her children. All fifty of them.



If you'd like to add more new historical fiction to our January 2018 list, please add your comment below or under the reading list: Historical Fiction - January 2018.


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