Year-End 2016 Historical Fiction Favorite Reads + Giveaways


Welcome to my very late Year-End 2016 Favorites!!

My year end favorite reads are books I've read in 2016 for the first time (and not necessarily all reviewed here - eek! or reviewed in 2016 - a few were posted in January 2017).  They are also not all published in 2016, but majority am. 

To start it off, here's what's going to happen. Every day in through February 28th (minus Sunday) at 6:00 PM EST
  1. I will tell you my favorite reads in the category of the day through their covers (you know how I love covers) and 
  2. Remember, you can see my review of the book (in a new window) by clicking on the covers. 
  3. Then you come back and fill out the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a prize! 



(NOT in any specific order!)


      

      

      

      

     


Ahhh. Historical fiction. One of my favorite genres, as well as one of the most reviewed. Don't you just love it when a story takes you back to times you can't even fathom and it comes  alive for you? The settings, the story, the romance, the intrigue and the message - all imprinted into your mind the moment you read it.



We will have (3) winners: 

Prize 1: (1) winner will win SIX of the above books from Bethany House Publishers




Note: To see which books are published by Bethany House Publishers,
click on the image to take you to my review of the book.

Prize 2: (1) winner will with a copy of Land of Silence from Tyndale House Publishers 
& a signed copy of The Loyal Heart from yours truly. 

 

Prize 3: (1) winner will with a copy of Castles in the Clouds from Franciscan Media.


Winners will be selected via Rafflecopter in the order of the prizes as noted above.
Full terms & conditions are on the Rafflecopter.


Many thanks to: 









Don't forget these other Top Faves of 2016 and Giveaways!
(Not in order)

    
     
    
    




CONVERSATION

115 comments:

  1. Some of my favorite historical fiction of all times are Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and Gone with the Wind! Some of the newer historical fiction books that I enjoyed are the Ladies of the Manor series by Roseanna White and all of Jen Turano's series and Dawn Crandall's books. However, I pretty much adore all historical fiction, so I'm not sure I can even say I have a favorite. :)

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    1. Wow!! I think we have VERY similar tastes! I loved everything you said!!

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  2. YAY!!! Thank you, Annie!! What a wonderful group of books you have up here!

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  3. Favorites are hard! But Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz is one of my all time favorites!! I've read it three times (I usually don't re-read), loving it more each time! <3

    Loved Roseanna M. White's LADIES OF THE MANOR series, and also loving Kristi Ann Hunter's regency series! And Lori Benton's The Wood's Edge! :D

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    1. Shantelle, I've heard about Courting Morrow Little a lot from some dear friends. I have yet the pleasure of reading it. I'll need to get to it!

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  4. I love Little Women. My recent book thst I loved was The Ringmaster's Wife. The story was so good I couldn't put it down. I also love anything Carrie TURANSKY writes.

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    1. Love it!! I just read my first Carrie T book, Shine Like the Dawn and just fell in love!

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  5. The covers are all so beautiful. Many of these are on my TBR list!

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  6. "The Cautious Maiden" by Dawn Crandall is one of my favorite historical reads.

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    1. Thanks, Dianne! I'm so glad to hear you loved The Cautious Maiden! ❤

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  7. Wow, what a giveaway! I really enjoy historical fiction as well. Of your list, I've only read An Elegant Facade 🙊 but I have A Lady Unrivaled on my shelf to read next! Many of the others look good too!

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    1. We need to get you to read them ALL!! LOL!!

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    2. I love this selection. I have read 5 of these books. I am looking forward to Kristi's Love's Faithful Promise

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  8. One of my favorites from the last few months is "My heart belongs in Fort Bliss Texas" by Erica Vetsch. I have read some really great books this year so far. :)

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    1. O, I need to read that one. I've heard SUCH GREAT things about Erica's books, I need to start on it! This year - my goal!

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  9. I have so many favorites but I believe "A River Too Deep" and "Lightbird's Song" by Sydney Betts will be my very favorites.

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    1. O, those are new ones to me. See, that is why I love the readers community! Everyone's so willing to share favorites!! =)

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  10. I love stories set in the wild west, cowboys & cattle drives make me want to join them. I also enjoy Civil War era stories.

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    1. O.. cowboys?!! I'm in! You need to look up Mary Connealy's, Karen Witemeyer and Ruth Logan Herne!!

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  11. I have read almost all of these and they are amazing!! There's no way to pick just one!

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  12. The Book Thief and These Is My Words are a couple of my all-time favorites. I all really like Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray, both by Ruta Sepetys.

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    1. The Book Thief is a great one. Love the book more than the movie though. I've heard great things about Ruta Sepetys, so need to try those.

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  13. Always loved reading Janette Oke books. New to me is Shelley Shepard Gray... love her settings. I need to read all of these. :)

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    1. hahahah. Janette Oke's are great. I've only read a few (before I started blogging), but I'm a HUGE fan of Shelley's books. So yes, add all of these to your list!! ;)

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  14. Gone With ThecWind is one of my favorites, but newer ones...so many....The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green was wonderful. Thank you.

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    1. O.. who doesn't love Scarlett and Rhett?!! I haven't read The Mark of the King yet, but hopefully soon! =)

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  15. Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz. jarning67(at)hotmail.com

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    1. That one has been the book by Laura Frantz I've heard the most about. REALLY need to read that one!

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  16. My longtime favorite historical fiction is the Little House on the Prairie series! My current Regency romance that I love to read over and over is Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson :)

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    1. O yes.. Little House on the Prairie!! And Edenbrooke need to get on my TBR PILE (not list). Heard so much about it!

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  17. I don't know about my favorite of all time, but I think my favorite from the past few years has been Burning Sky by Lori Benton.

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    1. Lori Benton is another author I've been meaning to try. Thanks!

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  18. So honored to be on your list, Annie! What an amazing group of books!
    Thanks for your support and encouragement!
    Susan

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    1. Thank you Susan!! I actually have the first two in the series. I need to read them!!

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  19. My all-time favorite historical books is "Christy" by Catherine Marshall. A current favorite is
    "The Feathered Bone" by Julie Cantrell. Thanks for the exciting giveaways!
    Janice
    pjrcmooreATwindstreamDOTnet

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    1. Christy is new to me. Will have to look it up. The Feathered Bone is on my list to read. thanks!

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  20. Some of the books you've listed are favorites of mine, too. I don't really have an absolute favorite historical fiction book, but I really enjoyed For the Record by Regina Jennings and The Thorn Healer by Pepper Basham.

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  21. All time? Gone with the Wind. Recent? The Cautious Maiden for sure!!!!

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    1. Wow, thank you! I'm so glad you loved The Cautious Maiden that much! ❤

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  22. Connilyn Cossette and Melanie Dickerson YES! I can't wait to check out some of the other books that made your favorites list! Also, your giveaways are amazing O.O

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    1. Thanks Abigayle!! Thank you for dropping in. I can't wait for the next Martin book from you!

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  23. You have some great choices! I loved An Elegant Façade and An Uncommon Courtship. I also love Not By Sight and For Such a Time as This, both by Kate Breslin.

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    1. O yes. An Uncommon Courtship would be on the list if I read it in 2016. Unfortunately, I read it in the new year.....maybe next year (most likely with #myTrent being the main character....). Kate's are on my 2015 list!!! Great tastes, Connie!

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  24. Ah, favorite fiction of all time? Hard choice. I'd have to say right now, the answer to both of those questions is Roseanna White. :)

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  25. I have read 10 of these! Own 2 more and want to read the remaining 3 lol! A lot of these were on my favorites list as well!

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    1. hahah. Just halfway there on this list. You can do it!! =)

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    2. Ahhh, I was looking at this on my phone and it cut one of the rows off haha! I have read 13....own 2 and want to read the other 5...I swear I am good at math! Hahaha!

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    3. hahhaha. I think I am the one that NEEDS a refresher course.. I wasn't counting your numbers!!!! =P

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  26. I just started reading historical fiction, so I would say "The Silent Governess" by Julie Klassen was great.

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    1. Julie Klassen is a great author to start your reading in the genre!! Have fun!!

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  27. Thanks, Annie! I'm so honored to be on your list THREE TIMES! I'm so glad you found my books and loved them! ❤

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    1. I would totally add The Hesitant Heiress if I didn't stop myself at 20!! You know I'm quite fond of Nate!!

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  28. Great list to keep handy for future purchases. I've only read two on the list.

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    1. Thanks Jeanne!! I think you'll enjoy them!

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  29. Favorites of all time would be Little Women and Gone With The Wind. More current would be difficult to choose but just a mention of several authors and their recent respective series....Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Melissa Jagears.

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  30. Wow! Love historicals. Have read a couple of these and most are on my to read list. I am requesting some for the library to buy--- Dawn Crandall and Pepper Basham included! Have you read the trilogy by Jessica Dotta? Incredible! I love Roseanna White, Beth White, Jody Hedlund , Sarah Sundin, Julie Klassen Kristi Ann Hunter to name a few. There are just so many good historical novels out there! Would love to win them all!!!

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    1. Thanks for requesting The Everstone Chronicles at your library! I'm always an advocate for library requests of my books! ❤ I hope you love them as much as Annie has! ❤

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    2. Jessica Dotta? I need to check her books out. She's new to me. But I love your list of authors!

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  31. My favorite historical fiction of all times is The Scarlett Thread. My favorites in the last 5 years are books by Julie Klassen, Tamara Alexander, and Rachel Hauck. Thanks so much for the list and the contest. Judy Cooper

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    1. Great choices July! The Scarlett Thread - I need to look up. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  32. The Jane Austen novels are faves and the Scotland/Bible figure novels by Liz Curtis Higgs.

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    1. Yes! Fellow Austen fan!! And I've heard so much about Liz from my fellow CFRR steward, Bonnie Roof! I need to start reading her books too!

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  33. Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites!! :) I also love Lisa T. Bergen's River of Time series! <3

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    1. Anne of Green Gables!! Woohoo!!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  34. Fantastic list! TY for including The Ringmaster's Wife. ;) Smiling & grateful over here!

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    1. Thanks Kristy!! I love it! So looking forward to The Illusionist's Apprentice!

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  35. I love Lauraine Snelling's Red River Valley series of books. Only the historical romance ones. I'm not into contemporary romance much.

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  36. I don't read historical fiction; this would be a gift to my grandma.

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  37. The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton

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  38. I love Dawn Crandall's The Everstone Chronicles! Annie, you have great taste in historical fiction.

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    1. Thanks Caryl! And so do you! LOVE The Everstone Chronicles!

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  39. The Amish Princess! It was amazing! sonja(dot) Nishimoto @ Gmail(dot)com

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  40. My favorite of all time is The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart.

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    1. That is a new one for me. Will have to check it out! Thanks!

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  41. A Noble Masquerade totally pulled me in! I loved its excitement, intrigue, and romance! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

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    1. YES!! LOVE ANM!! Kristi knows how I BUGGED her from the beginning about more!! hahaha

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  42. Too hard to pick a single favorite! Some of my favorites are Pride and Prejudice, Christy by Catherine Marshall, Roseanne White's Ladies of the Manor series, anything by Elizabeth Camden, and a newer favorite of mine is Kristi Ann Hunter. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway, too!

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    1. NICE choices there!! Thanks for sharing!

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  43. I think my favorite historicals are the Gothic mysteries that Sandra Byrd has been writing lately. They take me back to the days of reading Victoria Holt in high school. I also really enjoyed A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron and the entire Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene.

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    1. O, I have to agree. Sandra's recent series, Daughters of Hampshire are pretty good!!

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  44. One of my long time favorite historical series is Lori Wick's English Garden series. Susan Anne Mason's Irish Meadows series is my current favorite series. It is hard to pick favorites though because there are so many good authors and stories out there. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I still need to check in on Lori's books! And I LOVE Susan's Irish Meadows series (at least book 3...) hhehe. I need to get on with books 1 & 2 pronto!

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  45. Gone With The Wind, The Grapes of Wrath, Little Women, The Tall Woman

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  46. I like historical fiction of WWII and what I'm reading now is Gemma Liviero's Broken Angels.

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    1. O, that's new to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. Lovely covers! Some of my most favourite historical fiction books are Pride and Prejudice, Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.

    More recent ones include books by Karen Witemeyer and Kristi Ann Hunter.

    Arletta

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    1. Arletta, you and I will make great book buddies!!

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  48. My fave???? I can't answer that!! I think my brain just exploded lol

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    1. hahahah. I can't do that to my buddy!!!

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  49. I don't think I could ever pick a favorite! Every book I read is my favorite while I am reading it! I got hooked on historical fiction many years ago when my great grandmother gave me her collection of Jannette Oak books and I haven't stopped reading since. Mary Conneally is top of my list of favorites now, but I am enjoying so many others as well.

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    1. So agree!! Mary.. did you check out my post today? She's just awesome. Also, head over to Carrie's Reading is My Superpower blog for a giveaway featuring Mary today too!

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  50. I have too many "favorites" to list. The best historical fiction books I've read recently are The Velvet Hours by Alyson Richman, Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom, and Jubilee by Margaret Walker.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! All new to me. I love it! Thanks!!

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  51. Awesome Historical Favs list, Annie. This is my favorite genre! Its so hard to pick an all-time favorite...I guess I could narrow it down to two: Winter Passing Trilogy by Cindy McCormick Martinusen and Heirs of Anton series by Susan May Warren. Current favorite authors are many that you listed: Kristi Ann Hunter, Roseanna M. White, Dawn Crandall, Renee Ryan.

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    1. hahah. I know what you mean. But had to ask, that way, I get great recommendations!! (I know, quite sneaky of me!)

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  52. Favorite historical fiction of all time -- That is a hard question. Historical fiction is my favorite genre....

    Last 5 years -- One I am constantly referring back to was The Lady and the Lionheart.

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  53. Gosh, that's such a hard question. But one book I love is The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton.

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  54. I don't think I can choose a favorite historical fiction of all time. My long time favorite authors are Janette Oke and Tracie Peterson. My recent favorite historical fiction would have to be A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter. Some other recently discovered authors that are becoming fast favorites are Karen Witemeyer and Jen Turano.

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  55. I truly don't know if I could ever pick a favorite. Classic would be Louisa May Alcott's Little Women series. I own and treasure a set that was passed down (once given to my grandmother by her mother, then handed down to my mother, and now I own them), these books will always hold a special place in my heart.

    Modern day...too many great ones to choose from! Kristi Ann Hunter's series, Carrie Turansky's, or Sarah E. Ladd. There are countless others too!

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  56. I have just started reading Tessa Afshar and love her work in bibical fictions. I read many kinds of books but the historical is my fave type.
    thanks for sharing.

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