Here is a list of my favorite books from 2019!
Research for my historical novel not only requires searching for facts but I gain information and entertainment by reading other authors works. Although most books listed below are not new publications, you may find them as enjoyable as I have.
The Address by Fiona Davis
“From the author of The Dollhouse and The Masterpiece comes the compelling national bestselling novel about the thin lines between love and loss, success and ruin, passion and madness, all hidden behind the walls of The Dakota—New York City’s most famous residence.”
Asunder by Curt Locklear
“Thrust into the middle of Civil War battle, with both Union and Rebel protagonists and antagonists, Asunder, the first in the Trilogy, is a story of love and loss and of families torn apart."
The Hours Before: A Story of Mystery and Suspense from the Belle Époque
by Robert Stephen Parry
“In darkness, late at night, a woman returns to her hotel to discover her usual maid has been replaced by a stranger. What begins as an icy exchange, born of weariness, becomes within minutes one of the most extraordinary encounters of her life. It will take her on a journey deep into her past and towards the fateful assignation that already awaits her on the other side of the night.”
Murder on the Champs-Élysées: A Belle-Époque Mystery by Alex Mandon
“Paris, 1900. The height of the Belle-Époque: decadence, wealth, hedonism…and murder.”
Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans
by Gary Krist
“From bestselling author Gary Krist, a vibrant and immersive account of New Orleans’ other civil war, at a time when commercialized vice, jazz culture, and endemic crime defined the battlegrounds of the Crescent City.”
Cezanne's Quarry: A Mystery by Barbara Corrado Pope
“A beautiful young woman is found murdered . . . and the clues to her death point to her spurned lover, Paul Cézanne.”
Madam of My Heart: A Novel of Love, Loss and Redemption by Gini Grossenbacher
“Baltimore, 1849. During a scandalous crisis, the young Irish Brianna Baird flees her home at Fells Point. With little cash and only a seamstress's trade, she braves the hypnotic streets of New Orleans. The tantalizing Madam DeSalle lures her to her brothel, then sells her to the dashing but questionable gambler, Edward Spina, who falls in love with her.”
KEYS AND SUGAR by Alexandra Scerbo
Juliette Landry, the daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, falls in love with the music of ragtime. At 16, she begins to rebel towards her parents. After becoming friends with Azalee, an indentured servant, they discover their musical talents. Escaping to New Orleans, the girls embrace the birth of jazz music within the brothels. On this journey, they embark upon new freedom; however, with it comes the cost of trials and drama due to a love that must be kept hidden.
MAIDS OF MISFORTUNE (A Victorian San Francisco Mystery Book 1) by M. Louisa Locke
It’s the summer of 1879, and Annie Fuller, a young San Francisco widow, is in trouble. Annie’s husband squandered her fortune before committing suicide five years earlier, and one of his creditors is now threatening to take the boardinghouse she owns to pay off a debt.
Annie Fuller also has a secret. She supplements her income by giving domestic and business advice as Madam Sibyl, one of San Francisco’s most exclusive clairvoyants, and one of Madam Sibyl’s clients, Matthew Voss, has died. The police believe his death was suicide brought upon by bankruptcy, but Annie believes Voss has been murdered and that his assets have been stolen…
THE LAST WOMAN STANDING: A NOVEL by Thelma Adams
Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a magnet for miners (and outlaws) attracted by the silver boom. Though united by the glint of metal, Tombstone is plagued by divided loyalties: between Confederates and Unionists, Lincoln Republicans and Democrats.
But when the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine’s match. As the couple’s romance sparks, Behan’s jealousy ignites a rivalry destined for the history books…
I’d love to know:
-Have you read any of these novels? What’s your opinion?
-Do you have any favorite historical fiction novels to recommend?