Best Historical Fiction 2017 – Book List

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#1 – Goodnight from London
Jennifer Robson

Read the full review of Goodnight from London here.

Goodnight from London is one the only books that I gave a full 10-out-of-10 rating to in 2017. It’s fluid, beautifully written without being overbearing, and has the perfect balance of character development and action. The pages turn quickly, but you won’t want it to end. It’s no wonder Jennifer Robson’s latest has the top spot on my best historical fiction list.

Goodnight from London follows American journalist Ruby Sutton who crosses an ocean to report on the Second World War and finds herself making a new life amidst the rubble. She finds that family isn’t always blood and that falling in love always catches you by surprise.


#2 – Before We Were Yours
Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate handles the Georgia Tann adoption scandal with the grace and sensitivity of an experienced writer. She tells the story of a child affected by this grave wrongdoing in a dark chapter of US history and how actions in the 1940s continue to impact families today. Before We Were Yours was one of the most talked about books of 2017 and is worthy of its spot on my best historical fiction list.

Read my mini review here.


#3 – The Witchfinder’s Sister
Beth Underdown

Based on the real-life “Witchfinder General” Matthew Hopkins, this historical fiction tells the haunting tale of Alice, his sister, and what she witnesses on her brother’s witch hunt crusades. It’s beautifully told, intriguing, and kept me spellbound. More than anything, it got me thinking about just how far we’ve come with women’s rights. The Witchfinder’s Sister is a definite stand out for the best historical fiction books of 2017.


These are my picks for the best historical fiction of 2017! Stay tuned! Every Wednesday in December I will publish my top picks for each genre: Mystery/Thrillers, Contemporary Fiction, Horror, and Non-Fiction.

Until next time!


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