Last Updated on December 22, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
Are you a fan of historical fiction books? If so, you’ll be in for a treat this year! 2023 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for fans of the genre. With new stories from some of our favorite authors and fresh faces debuting their first works, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. From tales set during the war to journeys through time spanning centuries, these are the top 2023 historical fiction books readers won’t want to miss.
The Best Historical Fiction Books of 2023
- The Night Travelers by Armando Lucas Correa
- The New Life by Tom Crewe
- River Sing Me Home by Eleanor Shearer
- The Little Wartime Library by Kate Thompson
- Hang the Moon by Jeannette Walls
- Two Wars and a Wedding by Lauren Willig
- Homecoming by Kate Morton
- The Lost Wife by Susanna Moore
- The Disenchantment by Celia Bell
- The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
- Only the Beautiful by Susan Meissner
- The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry
- Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
- Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See
- The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel
- The Cherokee Rose by Tiya Miles
- Loot by Tania James
- The Spectacular by Fiona Davis
- The Brightest Star by Gail Tsukiyama
- The Romantic by William Boyd
- Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop, Translated by Sam Taylor
- Queen Hereafter by Isabelle Schuler
- The House of Doors by Tan Twan Eng
- Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
- Above the Salt by Katherine Vaz
- The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon
Two Wars and a Wedding by Lauren Willig
From New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig: a dramatic coming-of-age story with a dual timeline and a single heroine—a bold and adventuring young woman who finds herself caught up in two very different wars on both sides of the Atlantic.
Two Wars and a Wedding is one of the books in The 2023 Spring Reading Guide.
The Lost Wife by Susanna Moore
From one of our most versatile, compelling, and sensual writers comes a searing, immersive novel about a seminal and shameful moment in America’s conquest of the West. Drawing partly from a true story, Susanna Moore brings to life a devastating Native American revolt and the woman caught in the middle of the conflict.
The Lost Wife is one of the books in The 2023 Spring Reading Guide.
The House Is on Fire by Rachel Beanland
The author of Florence Adler Swims Forever returns with a masterful work of historical fiction about an incendiary tragedy that shocked a young nation and tore apart a community in a single night—told from the perspectives of four people whose actions during the inferno changed the course of history.
The Disenchantment by Celia Bell
Set in 17th-century Paris, the novel follows a passionate love affair between two noblewomen who wish to free themselves from their repressive society, whatever the cost.
The Disenchantment is one of the books in The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.
Good Night, Irene by Luis Alberto Urrea
What if a friendship forged on the front lines of war defines a life forever? In the tradition of The Nightingale and Transcription, a searing epic based on the magnificent and true story of heroic Red Cross women.
Good Night, Irene is one of the books selected for The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women by Lisa See
The latest historical novel from New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, inspired by the true story of a woman physician from 15th-century China—perfect for fans of See’s classic Snowflower and the Secret Fan and The Island of Sea Women.
Lady Tan’s Circle of Women is one of the books selected for The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.
The Paris Daughter by Kristin Harmel
From the bestselling author of the “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” (People) The Book of Lost Names comes a gripping historical novel about two mothers who must make unthinkable choices in the face of the Nazi occupation.
The Paris Daughter is one of the books selected for The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.
The Cherokee Rose by Tiya Miles
Three women uncover the secrets of a Georgia plantation that embodies the intertwined histories of Indigenous and enslaved Black communities—the fascinating debut novel, inspired by a true story, of the National Book Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of All That She Carried, now featuring a new introduction.
The Cherokee Rose is one of the books selected for The 2023 Summer Reading Guide.
The Brightest Star by Gail Tsukiyama
The beloved bestselling author of The Color of Air, Women of the Silk, and The Samurai’s Garden returns with this magnificent historical novel based on the life of the luminous, groundbreaking actress Anna May Wong—the first and only Asian American woman to gain movie stardom in the early days of Hollywood.
Beyond the Door of No Return by David Diop, Translated by Sam Taylor
Told in stories from the perspective of a French botanist in Senegal who becomes obsessed with finding a woman sold into slavery and escaped.
Beyond the Door of No Return is one of the books selected in The 2023 Fall Reading Guide.
Let Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward
From Jesmyn Ward—the two-time National Book Award winner, youngest winner of the Library of Congress Prize for Fiction, and MacArthur Fellow—comes a haunting masterpiece, sure to be an instant classic, about an enslaved girl in the years before the Civil War.
Let Us Descend is one of the books selected in The 2023 Fall Reading Guide.
Let Us Descend was also an Oprah’s Book Club selection.
The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon
From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who investigates a shocking murder that unhinges her small community.
The Frozen River is one of the books in The 2024 Winter Reading Guide.
The Frozen River is one the Good Morning America (GMA) Book Club selections.
What do you think about this list of best historical fiction books of 2023?
Have you read any books from this list? What are your favorite 2023 historical fiction books? What 2023 historical fiction books would you add to the list? Let’s talk about all things historical fiction in the comments below.