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Spring 2021 Historical Fiction Books

If your favorite way to learn about history is to immerse yourself in a novel inspired by actual events, you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of the historical fiction novels hitting shelves in Spring 2021. From bestselling authors you’re already acquainted with, to debut authors making their mark in the genre, we are sure you’ll find something to pique your interest. So make space on your bookshelves, stop by your favorite indie bookstore, and make those library requests after you’ve browsed our most anticipated Spring 2021 historical fiction book list!

Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan

Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan

It was called The Titanic of the South. The luxury steamship sank in 1838 with Savannah’s elite on board; through time, their fates were forgotten–until the wreck was found, and now their story is finally being told.

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

A heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

Half Life by Jillian Cantor

Half Life by Jillian Cantor

Reimagines the pioneering, passionate life of Marie Curie using a parallel structure to create two alternative timelines, one that mirrors her real life, one that explores the consequences for Marie and for science if she’d made a different choice.

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Wild Women and the Blues by Denny S. Bryce

Wild Women and the Blues is a mainstream historical fiction novel that weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 in a tale of history, love, and secrets that only family can define.

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature.

Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter

Leonora in the Morning Light by Michaela Carter

A page-turning novel about Surrealist artist Leonora Carrington and the art, drama, and romance that defined her coming-of-age during World War II.

The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska

The Widow Queen by Elzbieta Cherezinska

The Widow Queen is the epic story of a Polish queen whose life and name were all but forgotten until now.

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Based on actual events, as a team of male scholars compiles the first Oxford English Dictionary, one of their daughters decides to collect the “objectionable” words they omit.

The Kew Gardens Girls by Posy Lovell

The Kew Gardens Girls by Posy Lovell

A heart-warming novel inspired by real life events, about the brave women during WWI who worked in the historic grounds of London’s Kew Gardens.

Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham

Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham

Inspired by a little-known chapter of World War II history, a young Protestant girl and her Jewish neighbor are caught up in the terrible wave of hate sweeping the globe on the eve of war in this powerful love story.

Liberation by Imogen Kealey

Liberation by Imogen Kealey

A riveting, richly imagined historical thriller, Liberation brings to life one of World War II’s most fascinating unsung heroines in all her fierce power and complexity. This is the story of one of the one of the war’s most decorated women, told like never before.

Churchill's Secret Messenger by Alan Hlad

Churchill's Secret Messenger by Alan Hlad

Recruited from Churchill’s typing pool to become an undercover spy in German-occupied France, a young woman from London bravely endures daring missions, audacious escapes, and harrowing imprisonment in a Nazi concentration camp, risking everything for the country–and the man–she loves.

Are you looking forward to any of these books?

What historical fiction books are you looking forward to in 2021?  What books would you add to the list?