14 New Historical Fiction Books to Start Off the New Year

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Historical fiction novels transport you across time. Utilizing real places and events, these novels re-create history in unique and compelling ways, taking you on incredible journeys across the world in the process. When reading a historical fiction novel, you can expect to encounter a rich and thought-provoking history lesson, atmospheric landscapes, and sometimes, complex connections between past and present.

From compelling new debuts to sequels in established series, here are some of the latest releases in historical fiction hitting book stands this month.

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1. The English Wife, Lauren Willig

Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil live a charmed life: he’s the scion of an old Knickerbocker family, she grew up in a Tudor manor in England, they had a whirlwind romance in London, they have three year old twins on whom they dote, and he’s recreated her family home on the banks of the Hudson and renamed it Illyria. Yes, there are rumors that she’s having an affair with the architect, but rumors are rumors and people will gossip. But then Bayard is found dead with a knife in his chest on the night of their Twelfth Night Ball, Annabelle goes missing, presumed drowned, and the papers go mad. Bay’s sister, Janie, forms an unlikely alliance with a reporter to uncover the truth, convinced that Bay would never have killed his wife, that it must be a third party, but the more she learns about her brother and his wife, the more everything she thought she knew about them starts to unravel. Who were her brother and his wife, really? And why did her brother die with the name George on his lips?

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