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User Topic: Need historical novel recommenadations for a trip
Member # 19946
Default  Posted: 1:36 AM, June 25th (Saturday)

I'm going backpacking with bf and will need a cozy book to read on my ipod.

I enjoy historical fiction, romance is ok as long as it's not crazy gooey silly. Mostly I love well drawn characters that you care about, not too much disgusting violence.

what do you think?

[This message edited by InnerLight at 1:37 AM, June 25th (Saturday)]

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Crazy Daze
Member # 31843
Default  Posted: 2:50 AM, June 25th (Saturday)

I enjoyed Lady in Waiting by Susan Meissner.

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Member # 8637
Default  Posted: 8:47 AM, June 25th (Saturday)

The Other Boleyn Girl or The White Queen

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Member # 325
Default  Posted: 9:14 AM, June 25th (Saturday)

"March" by Geraldine Brooks is a good one about the Civil War. Mr. March is the fictionalized dad of the "Little Women."

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Default  Posted: 11:56 AM, June 25th (Saturday)

Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.

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Member # 21431
Default  Posted: 5:10 PM, June 25th (Saturday)

Coming Home by Rosamunde Pilcher ... oldie but goodie about WWII.

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Member # 1558
Default  Posted: 6:08 PM, June 25th (Saturday)

Either the Lymond Chronicles series or the House of Niccolo series by Dorthy Dunnett.

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Member # 30136
Default  Posted: 6:46 PM, June 25th (Saturday)

I like the Eugenia Price Florida Trilogy.

The first book is called "Maria."

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Member # 12031
Default  Posted: 8:46 PM, June 25th (Saturday)

"Chesapeake" by James Michener is very good.
Most all of his books are historical novels and I've never been disappointed.

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Emerald Eyes
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Default  Posted: 7:18 PM, June 29th (Wednesday)

I second the Outlander series.

Posts: 1238 | Registered: Aug 2005 | From: Texas
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Default  Posted: 7:22 PM, June 29th (Wednesday)

Ken Follet's The Pillars of the Earth is awesome.

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Default  Posted: 7:37 PM, June 29th (Wednesday)

I third the Outlander series! I've read them several times!!! The Other Boleyn Girl was pretty good, too.

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Default  Posted: 12:37 AM, June 30th (Thursday)

I enjoyed "Cane River" it was one of the early Oprah picks. It is not light reading as the topic tracks the lives of 5 generations of women from slave time to the dawn of the civil rights movement. It is based in truth, but written in a fictionalized manner.

Another excellent book is "Rain of Gold" by Victor Villasenor and the sequel "Thirteen Senses" both books tell the story of the authors grandparents lives in Mexico at the time of the Mexican revolution and the subsequent immigration to the United States.

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Default  Posted: 8:57 PM, July 6th (Wednesday)

If a mystery series in a historical setting sounds good to you, I like Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January novels. Start with A Free Man of Color.

Georgette Heyer wrote historical romances that I will actually read (and I don't like romances.)

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