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So you want to read a different kind of historical novel...

Red Rock Bookworm
The list author says: "There is no doubting the power of a story to fire the imagination and take you on vicarious adventures. Pack your bags and come along."
Moloka'i
Moloka'i
"A heartbreaking eye opener about the beginnings of Hawaii and the "lepers" who were separated from family and friends and sent to Moloka'i"
The Food Taster
The Food Taster
"An amusing lesson in survival during Italy's high Renaissance. Included are actual Renaissance recipes for you to try."
The Remedy: A Novel
The Remedy: A Novel
"Murder, mayhem, unusual medical remedys and a love affair between a Venetian actress and the man who ruled London's medical underworld."
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel
"Friendship, foot binding and the struggle of being a woman in nineteenth century China."
The Sense of Paper (A Novel of Obsessions)
The Sense of Paper (A Novel of Obsessions)
"Fascinating story of love, suspense, art history and the erotic.  Each thread of the story is interwoven and held together by the role of paper in art as well as our everyday lives."
Ireland : A Novel
Ireland : A Novel
"A historical chronicle , filled with myths, legends, and all the people who made Ireland what it is.  Part period saga, part domestic drama. An intriguing, engaging story"
As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel
"Although this book is "historical fiction", the author has done such an exemplary job of providing a descerning and perceptive insight into Brugels life and times, it almost reads like an autobiograhpy."
The Painter
The Painter
"Discovery of a 300 year old journal leads to the exploration of a missing year in the life of artist, Rembrandt van Rijn."
Life Mask
Life Mask
"Take one beautiful comedic actress, add the married twelfth Earl of Derby, stir in widowed sculptor Anne Damer (niece of Horace Walpole) and you have the recipe for a realistic look at 18th century life in England."
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd
"FACT: Within the indian culture, children of any union belong to the mother's tribe.  For this reason, in the year 1854 a Cheyenne Chief asked President U.S. Grant to send 1,000 white women to marry indian braves. This book is the imaginative work of an author who took that small piece of history and created the "Journals of Mary Dodd"."
Artemisia: A Novel
Artemisia: A Novel
"A much more enlightening and all encompasing book about Artemisia Gentileschi than Sue Vreelands the Passion of Artemisia. LaPierre's heroine is wonderfully researched.  She lives  passionately and wildly and her story is riveting."
Push Not the River
Push Not the River
"Taken from the diary of a Polish Countess, this is a story of love, patriotism, heartache, death and survival that transports the reader back 200 years into Polands historic past."
The Sinner's Tale
The Sinner's Tale
"A skilful piece of historical fiction bringing together past and present in a brilliantly conceived story line that addresses the dangers of love and war. The medieval characters are based on real people Sir Guy DeBryan & Sir John Molyns, while the modern day characters address the pros and cons of war in the 21st century."
Women of the Silk: A Novel
Women of the Silk: A Novel
"An in depth look at the life and customs of rural China in 1926. This tale portrays a group of female silk factory workers who through indomitable determination and strength create an alliance that leads to the first strike their village has ever encountered. A first look at feminism in the 20th century."
Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics)
Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics)
"A must read for all lovers of historical romantic fiction.  The 1600's are perfectly captured through the eyes of a successful social-climber. Sort of a Margaret Mitchell and Kathleen Woodiwis on steroids."
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
Queenmaker: A Novel of King David's Queen
"King Davids first wife, Michel, tells her side of the story.  It appears she was the woman behind the man....and also the woman. She guided a young Bathsheba as well as Soloman."
The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals: A Novel
The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals: A Novel
"Accidently discovered this book at a library book sale.  This story is fantastic and you will be enthralled by the stories of both the 20th century New York grad student who is researching Hales as well as Hals as you discover the interesting similarities of both lives.""
White Doves at Morning: A Novel
White Doves at Morning: A Novel
"Epic tale of survival set against the background of the Civil War.  A different kind of book for Burke"
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"Fascinating story utilizing the history of the American circus and the "Great Depression" as a backdrop."
Caught in the Light
Caught in the Light
"Great novel seasoned with many ingredients.. love, loss, murder, amateur detection, and an historical mystery to be solved."
The Crimson Petal and the White
The Crimson Petal and the White
"Complex tale of Victorian England with temptation and cravings fueling much of the novels plot."
The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel
The Lady and the Unicorn: A Novel
"History and fiction woven into a picturesque and captivating literary tapestry."
Resurrection
Resurrection
"Set in Cairo after WWII, this novel is based on the actual events surrounting the finding of the Gnostic Gospels in Egypt. History, mystery and love story all rolled into one good book"
The Chrysalis: A Novel
The Chrysalis: A Novel
"Spanning centuries & continents this book melds art and history, love & religion."
The Eight
The Eight
"Better than the DaVinci Code,(and written long before Dan Brown ventured forth with his offering).  After this one, try Neville's Magic Circle."
Dark Hearts of Chicago
Dark Hearts of Chicago
"Accurate and well researched thriller presenting a picture of the violent, racist and politically corrupt Chicago of 1893."
Uprising
Uprising
"History comes alive in this story of three young women whose lives were dramatically changes by the Triangle Shirt Factory fire in the early 1900's."
The Tuscan Trilogy A Rose By Any Other Name
The Tuscan Trilogy A Rose By Any Other Name
"Although the trials and tribulations of Rosalina Pasquetti are at the heart of this story, it is the supporting characters in this chronicle who provide the flesh and blood to make this book exceptional instead of just a run of the mill love story."
Revolution
Revolution
"Alex Tamayo-Wolf is a true artist with words. His descriptive prose paints a wondrous word picture of the beautiful vistas of Austria, its opulence and grandeur as well as the poverty, disease and filth that were all part and parcel of era in which the story is set."
An Expert in Murder: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
An Expert in Murder: A New Mystery Featuring Josephine Tey
"Clever blend of fact and fiction makes this an above average murder mystery featuring 1930's author Josephine Tey as the protagonist"
The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
The Miracles of Prato: A Novel
"Historical fiction, beautiful religious art and true love are the foundation of this tale set in 15th century Italy."
Honolulu
Honolulu
"Alan Brennert does it again. First he gave us the beautiful Molokai and now he takes his readers on another vivid exploration of Hawaii in the early 20th century.  A captivating tale not to be missed."
The 19th Wife: A Novel
The 19th Wife: A Novel
"Combining historical fact about the early Mormon church with polygamy and murder in the 21st century makes for an interesting read."
The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette
The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette
"Almost everyone knows the basic story of this tragic queen and her life in the French court but Meyer's historical novel gives us a look at court life from the queen's perspective. Excellent YA read"
The Kitchen House: A Novel
The Kitchen House: A Novel
"As the movie critic Roger Ebert once observed, "What matters in a movie (or a book)is HOW it's about WHAT it's about" and THE KITCHEN HOUSE under the talented hand of Ms. Grissom shows us HOW to make the familiar feel fresh."
In the Shadow of the Cypress
In the Shadow of the Cypress
"For those who love well written and lyrical novels built around historical events, Thomas Steinbecks IN THE SHADOW OF THE CYPRESS will provide several hours of reading pleasure as well as a captivating and informative history lesson."
Cogslea Revisited
Cogslea Revisited
"Part magic gothic mystery, part Philadelphia travelogue with a side trip to the paranormal, and part art history lesson."
The Gendarme
The Gendarme
"Alternating between Wadesboro, Georgia in the 1990's and Turkey and Syria 75 years earlier we are given two narratives delivered by the same man at different stages in his life."