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5 historical fiction novels to read for a blast from the past


Picture this: You're sitting on the cutest pink beach chair with a perfect view of the ocean in front of you, enjoying your latest obsession in historical fiction. Sounds like the best day ever, right? If you're obsessed with *everything* Pride and Prejudice and need some similar reads, get a notepad and a pencil to add these books to your reading list ASAP.

Anne of Green Gables

Amazon, $6

Anne Shirley is *definitely* the perfect heroine for this classic read. You might have first discovered this gem in English class (or from the Netflix show, Anne With An E).  For those who haven't heard of talkative Anne, we've got you covered. The middle-aged Cuthebert siblings are in desperate need of help on their farm at Green Gables. They request for an orphan boy but end up receiving sweet Anne—who they decide to keep. What can you expect from the series? Touching (chosen) family moments and characters you can't help but root for. Goodreads rating: 4.28 stars.


Amazon, $10

If you're a fan of multiple perspectives, this historical fiction book is for you. With three main characters—each from a different corner of the globe—and set in a variety of time periods, this read will definitely keep you on your toes. Mahmoud, Josef and Isabel are three unique narrators, each longing for freedom and safety in the new countries they are venturing towards. This heartfelt novel reveals a whole other side to history and *definitely* deserves a spot on your shelf. Goodreads rating: 4.42 stars.

Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz)

Amazon, $9

If you loved Counting By 7s, this will be your next fave read. Moose Flanagan and his family have relocated to Alcatraz for this father's new job—however, not everyone is happy about the move. Now his sister's caretaker, Moose has to deal with navigating a new school *and* making new friends (not to mention avoiding trouble and finding his passions). This book is perfect for anyone looking for a read that's equal parts feel-good and funny. Goodreads rating: 3.84 stars.

Esperanza Rising

Amazon, $6

Family values and risk-taking are two major themes in Esperanza Rising—which you'll want to read again (and again) because of the v. relatable main character. In addition to edge-of-your-seat plot twists and srsly unexpected events, this poignant novel tells the story of the thousands of people who were affected by both the Mexican Revolution and the Great Depression. Goodreads rating: 4.01 stars.

Beyond the Bright Sea

Amazon, $7

Imagine knowing *nothing* about your past and living in the middle of the ocean. For Crow, this is her daily life with Osh, the kind man who acts as her caretaker. This novel is all about Crow's journey to discovering her family's history. Mystery paired with perfect storytelling is exactly why you need to give this book a read. Goodreads rating: 4.11 stars.

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by Elizabeth Gregg | 8/8/2022