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15 Incredible Historical Fiction Novels Inspired by True Stories

Posted about 19 days ago by April S

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Historical fiction novels have been really popular in recent years. If you're looking for a few memorable reads, check out the books in this blog post. They're all inspired by true events, so they're sure to make for a compelling reading experience. Enjoy!

Unforgettable Historical Fiction

Recommended Library Reads

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Ike and Kay by James MacManus
Girl in Disguise by Greer MacAllister
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

A beautiful woman escapes her Austrian arms-dealer husband to become Hollywood legend Hedy Lamarr while hiding a secret double life as a Jewish scientist and sharing vital information about the Third Reich.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

An international best-seller based on the true story of an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor traces the experiences of a Jewish Slovakian who uses his position as a concentration-camp tattooist to secure food for his fellow prisoners.

Ike and Kay by James MacManus

Reimagines the scandalous secret love affair between General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby as they traveled through Europe together on the eve of the final assault on Nazi Germany.

Girl in Disguise by Greer MacAllister

Going undercover to infiltrate the seedy side of mid-nineteenth-century Chicago, Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective, assumes a range of sophisticated identities to track down evildoers and bring them to justice.

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Tells the story of Christina Olson, who served as the host and inspiration for artist Andrew Wyeth, despite an incapacitating illness. By the New York Times best-selling author of “Orphan Train.”

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive, and to reunite, "We Were the Lucky Ones” is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds.

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy ambassador's daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international acclaim, history-making flights and the world-shocking abduction of their child.

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

The best-selling author of “The Paris Wife” returns to her fan-favorite subject, Ernest Hemingway, in a tale set on the eve of World War II that is inspired by his passionate, stormy marriage to a fiercely independent, ambitious young Martha Gellhorn, who would become one of the 20th century's leading war correspondents.

The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher

Reimagines the life of rebellious Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy against a backdrop of 1930s London society, where she pursues a forbidden love with the strictly Protestant heir to the Devonshire dukedom.

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik

Inspired by Forugh Farrokhzad’s verse, letters, films, and interviews—and including original translations of her poems—this haunting novel uses the lens of fiction to capture the tenacity, spirit, and conflicting desires of a brave woman who represents the birth of feminism in Iran—and who continues to inspire generations of women around the world.

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Varina by Charles Frazier
The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Reimagines the story behind the creation of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" from the perspective of L. Frank Baum's intrepid wife, Maud, whose hardscrabble life on the Dakota prairie inspires her husband's masterpiece and her advocacy of an exploited Judy Garland.

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

An evocative retelling of the Anastasia survival myth follows the appearance of a traumatized, badly scarred young woman who claims to be the youngest Romanov daughter, launching a half-century of questions, accusations and changing perspectives on identity as conveyed by her supporters and detractors.

Becoming Mrs. Lewis : the improbable love story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis by Patti Callahan

Fictionalizes the romance between beloved author C.S. Lewis and his wife Joy Davidman, as she begins writing letters to Lewis searching for spiritual answers and eventually finds love.

Varina by Charles Frazier

Sooner or later, history asks, which side were you on? In his powerful new novel, Charles Frazier returns to the time and place of "Cold Mountain," vividly bringing to life the chaos and devastation of the Civil War.

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin

A reimagining of the powerful creative partnership between Hollywood superstars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford traces their friendship and boundary-breaking achievements against a backdrop of pre-World War I Hollywood.


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