Most Anticipated Winter 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 Winter 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 Winter 2021 historical fiction book list!

The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict

A thrilling reconstruction of one of the most notorious events in literary history: Agatha Christie’s mysterious 11-day disappearance in 1926.

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife –a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II.

The Children's Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin

A story of courage on the prairie, inspired by the devastating storm that struck the Great Plains in 1888, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders, especially schoolchildren.

The Historians by Cecilia Ekbäck

It is 1943 and Sweden’s neutrality in the war is under pressure. Laura Dahlgren, the bright, young right-hand of the chief negotiator to Germany, is privy to these tensions, even as she tries to keep her head down in the mounting fray. However, when Laura’s best friend from university, Britta, is discovered murdered in cold blood, Laura is determined to find the killer.

Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson

A harrowing story that follows an enslaved woman forced to barter love and freedom while living in the most infamous slave jail in Virginia.

Lana's War by Anita Abriel

A riveting and heartfelt story of a young woman recruited to be a spy for the resistance on the French Riviera during World War II.

The Last Garden in England by Julia Kelly

A poignant and unforgettable tale of five women living across three different times whose lives are all connected by one very special garden.

Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft

It’s New Year’s Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the sweltering heat of colonial India, is yearning for all she has left behind in England. Then, at the stroke of midnight, Maddy meets Luke Devereaux, and as the year changes so do both their lives.

A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

A gorgeous retelling of the Trojan War from the perspectives of the many women involved in its causes and consequences.

Send for Me by Lauren Fox

An achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family.

The Girl from the Channel Islands by Jenny Lecoat

Inspired by true events, the riveting story of a young Jewish woman trapped on the occupied island of Jersey during World War II.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

An epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras–the Great Depression.

The Invisible Woman by Erika Robuck

In the depths of war, she would defy the odds to help liberate a nation…a gripping historical novel based on the remarkable true story of World War II heroine Virginia Hall.

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Based on the true World War II story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together.

Those Who Are Saved by Alexis Landau

A heartbreaking World War II novel of one mother’s impossible choice, and her search for her daughter against the odds.

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

An unforgettable novel of a BBC-sponsored wartime cookery competition and the four women who enter for a chance to better their lives.

The Slaughterman's Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits

An irresistible, picaresque tale of two Jewish sisters in late-nineteenth-century Russia.

The Sculptress by V.S. Alexander

An absorbing, immersive novel set during World War I, as a talented and ambitious artist finds an unusual calling.

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

One woman must make the hardest decision of her life in this unforgettably moving story of resistance and faith during one of the darkest times in history.

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig

A group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I in this sweeping novel based on a true story.

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?

Comments (4)

  • Barbara Newhard

    Looking forward to reading “The Invisible Woman” by Erika Robuck and “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah”

  • Sandra

    How about Amish inspirational fiction?


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