A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Well, wow. This was a fantastic story! It’s got a strong female lead trying to make it on her own, a mother who holds her back, and a sister who wants to enable her. Let’s mix in some fashion, a husband who bails, a tragic ticket on the Titanic, and we’ve got an amazing story to dig into!

This story is such a win for historical fiction fans. The descriptive writing immediately draws you into the story, and the characters will keep you invested through the last page!

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The Nurse’s Secret by Amanda Skenandore

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was an absolutely fantastic book! It had historical fiction, murder-mystery, secret identity, and romance, and I was unable to put it down!

Una is the main character, and she’s a thief on the NYC streets. After losing her mom in a fire, and losing her dad to drugs, she ends up on her own on the streets. She’s an excellent thief. She has rules for herself, and she follows them to keep herself safe. Then, one night when she witnesses a murder, and is framed for it. On the run with a need to go into hiding, she gets admitted to a probationary class for a nursing school.

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A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Time Travel. Serial Killer. Light Moments for Laughter. Kick-Ass Female.

I loved, loved, loved this book! I am always a sucker for time travel. I enjoy imagining how someone from present day adapts to living in a historical period. With this book, I got everything I wanted. It’s going to be a series, and I am already trying to get my hands on book two!

Mallory is a homicide detective in 2019. When she steps into an alley to investigate a scream, she finds herself being strangled. When she wakes up, she’s in 1869 in the body of Catriona, a housemaid for Dr. Gray.

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The Seamstress of New Orleans by Diane C. McPhail

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This story focuses on two women, their struggles overcoming 1900’s male conventions, and the mystery of a missing husband. I was really interested in the mystery. I liked where it went, and I was interested in how it all unraveled. The two women’s growing relationship was my favorite part though. I loved the time period, and how their work together breaks the expectations of the time.

Alice and Constance become friends through a dress Alice is sewing for Constance and her Mardi Gras ball. I wanted more of this part of the story. I loved the details, and I could have just stayed in this part for so much longer!

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Mustique Island by Sarah McCoy

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are so many books lately about the world of the wealthy and elite. They can be hit or miss for me, but this one was a hit!

I enjoyed that while the rich, opulent feel was everywhere, it wasn’t always celebrated. The story offered a view of the problems that can arise, and I enjoyed that. The women in this story are the highlight. There are strong personalities that really stand out and watching the changes that the women take on was wonderful.

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Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When I read The Jane Austen Society last year, I felt like I met these wonderful people, and I wasn’t really ready to let go of them. When I found out that Natalie Jenner had another book coming out, I was so excited to get my hands on it!

I loved being back in this world and getting to see more of Evie’s story! Bloomsbury Girls follows the narrative of three women, Evie Stone, Vivien Lowry, and Grace Perkins. These three women’s lives intertwine through their shared work at Bloomsbury Books.

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The Book Woman’s Daughter by Kim Michele Richardson

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Oh this book…I loved this one so much! I loved being back in Troublesome Creek with these Troublesome women! The story is beautiful, the writing is descriptive and vivid, and you’ll want to sit for the day and just absorb yourself in this book.

This is the follow-up book to The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, and I would highly recommend reading it before reading this one. It’s also a five-star read, and I think it will help to set the stage for The Book Woman’s Daughter.

Honey is 16, and her parents are heading to jail for being married and of two different colors. One blue and one white. Honey’s blue skin is only in her hands and feet, and her mama sends her off to live with Retta in Troublesome Creek while her parents serve their sentence.

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The School for German Brides by Aimie K. Runyan

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This World War II story brings the lives of three women together in unexpected ways. It was beautifully written with surprising moments and wonderful characters, and I loved it!

Taking place in the early days of WWII, we are introduced to three women, but hear the story through the perspectives of two of them. These three women’s struggles are lived separately but come crashing together as the war intensifies.

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The Mad Girls of New York by Maya Rodale

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"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Nellie Bly is by far one of my favorite historical people. I love reading about her, and when I heard about this book, I knew I needed to read it.

The Mad Girls of New York blew away my expectations in the best way! Maya Rodale did a fantastic job of bringing Nellie to life. She was bright and bubbly, strong-willed, and a genius! I loved her spontaneity and her compassion for others. Nellie’s career was filled with amazing stories to help get the stories of women heard, but her 10 days in the madhouse is probably the most famous. I loved getting a play-by-play view of this experience. It was so well-written and basically impossible to put down.

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The Unknown Beloved by Amy Harmon

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

I am thoroughly convinced that Amy Harmon can write anything. She is an author that can jump from genre to genre with such ease and agility, and I am HERE for it every time!

In The Unknown Beloved, we are taken to the 1930’s for a murder mystery. I didn’t realize this until over halfway through the book, but the serial killer, and many of the characters were real people, and that made me love this book even more! Dani is a fictional character, but she is a fantastic MC, and as Harmon hinted at in the author’s note, I agree…more stories of her and Mike would be awesome!

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American Blues by Polly Hamilton Hilsabeck

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This is such an impactful story that I hope many people will read. It brings the terrible lynching of a black man in the 1970’s to the pages in a way that involves the reader in the story. Alongside this murder is the story of a woman in a man’s world, studying theology to become ordained in the Episcopal church. I felt like I was right in the pages of this story thanks to amazing writing by author Polly Hamilton Hilsabeck.

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Scarlet Carnation by Laila Ibrahim

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Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a continuation of a family saga series that I just absolutely love! It starts with Yellow Crocus, set in the 1800s and follows the life of two women, Lisbeth, a white plantation daughter, and Mattie, a slave and wet nurse. Each book after that one continues to follow those women and their descendants. I would absolutely recommend that you start at the beginning of this series, but I think you could read this as a stand-alone if you really wanted to.

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