The Best Historical Fiction Books for 2021 (Anticipated)


2021 historical fiction books and novels new releases anticipated

I’m looking forward to a lot of the 2021 historical fiction releases that will be released soon. There’s a bunch of exciting new titles on the horizon covering a range of time periods. I’m personally most excited about Kate Quinn’s upcoming novel, The Rose Code, and I’m curious about Laura Pucell’s The Shape of Darkness as well.

This is a list of some of the Best (Anticipated) Historical Fiction Books for 2021.

Have anything to add? Which of these books are you looking forward to?


The Shape of Darkness
Laura Purcell

What It's About: As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another...

Publication Date: January 21, 2021
  


Eternal
Lisa Scottoline | G.P. Putnam's Sons

What It's About: #1 bestselling author Lisa Scottoline offers a sweeping and shattering epic of historical fiction fueled by shocking true events, the tale of a love triangle that unfolds in the heart of Rome...in the creeping shadow of fascism.

What war destroys, only love can heal.

Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro grow up as the best of friends despite their differences...

Publication Date: March 23, 2021
  


The Lost Apothecary
Sarah Penner | Park Row

What It's About: In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged them—setting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course

Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman.

Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecary’s register...

Publication Date: March 2, 2021
  


The Nature of Fragile Things
Susan Meissner | Berkley

What It's About: April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about...

Publication Date: February 2, 2021
  


The Rose Code
Kate Quinn | William Morrow

What It's About: The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Huntress and The Alice Network returns with another heart-stopping World War II story of three female code breakers at Bletchley Park and the spy they must root out after the war is over.

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes...

Publication Date: March 9, 2021
  


The Four Winds
Kristin Hannah | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Great Alone comes an epic novel of love and heroism and hope, set against the backdrop of one of America’s most defining eras—the Great Depression.

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains...

Publication Date: February 9, 2021
  


The Children's Blizzard
Melanie Benjamin | Delacorte Press

What It's About: The New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife reveals a little-known story of courage on the prairie: the freak blizzard that struck the Great Plains, threatening the lives of hundreds of immigrant homesteaders--especially their children.

The morning of January 12, 1888, was unusually mild, following a long cold spell, warm enough for the homesteaders of the Dakota territory to venture out again, and for their children to return to school without their heavy coats--leaving them unprepared when disaster struck...

Publication Date: January 12, 2021
  


The Women of Chateau Lafayette
Stephanie Dray | Berkley

What It's About: An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in three of humanity's darkest hours

Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women...

A founding mother...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  


Wild Women and the Blues
Denny S. Bryce | Kensington

What It's About: Ordinary People meets Chicago the musical as played out in the city's Black Belt, Wild Women and the Blues is a mainstream historical fiction novel that weaves the stories of a grieving film student in 2015 and an ambitious chorus girl in 1925 in a tale of history, love, and secrets that only family can define...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  


Our Darkest Night
Jennifer Robson | William Morrow Paperbacks

What It's About: A Paperback Original—Also Available as a Hardcover Library Edition

To survive the Holocaust, a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer’s wife in this unforgettable novel from USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Robson—a story of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice, inspired by true events, that vividly evokes the most perilous days of World War II...

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
  


Band of Sisters
Lauren Willig | William Morrow

What It's About: A group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I in this sweeping novel based on a true story—a skillful blend of Call the Midwife and The Alice Network—from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig.

A scholarship girl from Brooklyn, Kate Moran thought she found a place among Smith’s Mayflower descendants, only to have her illusions dashed the summer after graduation...

Publication Date: March 16, 2021
  


The Nature of Fragile Things
Susan Meissner | Berkley

What It's About: April 18, 1906: A massive earthquake rocks San Francisco just before daybreak, igniting a devouring inferno. Lives are lost, lives are shattered, but some rise from the ashes forever changed.

Sophie Whalen is a young Irish immigrant so desperate to get out of a New York tenement that she answers a mail-order bride ad and agrees to marry a man she knows nothing about...

Publication Date: February 2, 2021
  


The Heiress: The Revelations of Anne de Bourgh
Molly Greeley | William Morrow

What It's About: In this gorgeously written and spellbinding historical novel based on Pride and Prejudice, the author of The Clergyman’s Wife combines the knowing eye of Jane Austen with the eroticism and Gothic intrigue of Sarah Waters to reimagine the life of the mysterious Anne de Bourgh.

As a fussy baby, Anne de Bourgh’s doctor prescribed laudanum to quiet her, and now the young woman must take the opium-heavy tincture every day...

Publication Date: January 5, 2021
  


Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife (Six Tudor Queens #6)
Alison Weir | Ballantine Books

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Publication Date: May 11, 2021
  


The Sunflower Sisters
Martha Hall Kelly | Ballantine Books

What It's About: In Sunflower Sisters, Kelly tells the story of her ancestor Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse who joins the war effort during the Civil War, and how her calling leads her to cross paths with Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Ann-May Wilson, a southern plantation mistress whose husband enlists...

Publication Date: March 30, 2021
  

Becoming Leidah
Michelle Grierson | Simon & Schuster

What It's About: An utterly gripping love story set in nineteenth-century Norway, about a woman rescued from the sea, the fisherman who marries her, their tiny and unusually gifted daughter, and the shapeshifter who follows their every move, perfect for fans of Alice Hoffman, Yangsze Choo, Eowyn Ivey, and Neil Gaiman...

Publication Date: April 6, 2021
  


The Children's Train
Viola Ardone | HarperVia

What It's About: Based on true events, a heartbreaking story of love, family, hope, and survival set in post-World War II Italy—written with the heart of Orphan Train and Before We Were Yours—about poor children from the south sent to live with families in the north to survive deprivation and the harsh winters.

Though Mussolini and the fascists have been defeated, the war has devastated Italy, especially the south...

Publication Date: January 12, 2021

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While Paris Slept
Ruth Druart | Grand Central Publishing

What It's About: A family's love is tested when heroes-turned-criminals are forced to make the hardest decisions of their lives in this unforgettably moving story of love, resistance, and the lasting consequences of the Second World War.

After. Santa Cruz, California, 1953. Jean-Luc and Charlotte Beauchamps have left their war-torn memories of Paris behind to live a quiet life in America with their son, Sam...

Publication Date: February 23, 2021
  


Meet Me in Bombay
Jenny Ashcroft | St. Martin's Press

What It's About: United by love. Separated by war. Will they find their way back to each other? Find out in Jenny Ashcroft's historical romance Meet Me in Bombay...

"Meet Me in Bombay is a powerful, poignant and deeply emotional tale of love, mystery, loss and joy." –Kate Furnivall, New York Times bestselling author

It's New Year's Eve in Bombay, 1913, and Madeline Bright, new to the sweltering heat of colonial India, is yearning for all she has left behind in England...

Publication Date: January 19, 2021
  


The Personal Librarian
Marie Benedict

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2021 historical fiction books and novels new releases anticipated

2021 historical fiction books and novels new releases anticipated

2021 historical fiction books and novels new releases anticipated

2021 historical fiction books and novels new releases anticipated