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Loved by readers and critics alike, fascinating historical fiction ebooks should be on your must-read list. Ranging from mysteries set in Victorian London to romances amid the American Revolution, the popular historical fiction category offers history buffs and everyday readers intriguing escapes into other time periods. Here are some of the historical fiction titles our customers have been loving.

Loved by readers and critics alike, fascinating historical fiction ebooks should be on your must-read list. Ranging from mysteries set in Victorian London to romances amid the American Revolution, the popular historical fiction category offers history buffs and everyday readers intriguing escapes into other time periods. Here are some of the historical fiction titles our customers have been loving.

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The House Is on Fire
The House Is on Fire
The House Is on Fire
The House Is on Fire

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The House Is on Fire

byRachel Beanland

A “wildly entertaining” (NPR), “gripping” (The Washington Post) work of historical fiction about an incendiary tragedy that shocked a young nation and tore apart a community in a single night, from the author of Florence Adler Swims Forever. Richmond, Virginia 1811. It’s the height of the winter social season, the General Assembly is in session, and many of Virginia’s gentleman planters, along with their wives and children, have made the long and arduous journey to the capital in hopes of whiling away the darkest days of the year. At the city’s only theater, the Charleston-based Placide & Green Company puts on two plays a night to meet the demand of a populace that’s done looking for enlightenment at the front of a church. On the night after Christmas, the theater is packed with more than six hundred holiday revelers. In the third-floor boxes sits newly widowed Sally Henry Campbell, who is glad for any opportunity to relive the happy times she shared with her husband. One floor away, in the colored gallery, Cecily Patterson doesn’t give a whit about the play but is grateful for a four-hour reprieve from a life that has recently gone from bad to worse. Backstage, young stagehand Jack Gibson hopes that, if he can impress the theater’s managers, he’ll be offered a permanent job with the company. And on the other side of town, blacksmith Gilbert Hunt dreams of one day being able to bring his wife to the theater, but he’ll have to buy her freedom first. When the theater goes up in flames in the middle of the performance, Sally, Cecily, Jack, and Gilbert make a series of split-second decisions that will not only affect their own lives but those of countless others. And in the days following the fire, as news of the disaster spreads across the United States, the paths of these four people will become forever intertwined. Based on the true story of Richmond’s theater fire, The House Is on Fire is a “stunning” (Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle), “all-consuming exploration” (E! News) that offers proof that sometimes, in the midst of great tragedy, we are offered our most precious—and fleeting—chances at redemption.

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About Historical Fiction

Find yourself transported back in time with some of the best historical fiction ebooks out there. The best historical fiction works like the Wardrobe into Narnia—a kind of magic of the imagination that transports us back in time to a fully realized world and very specific times and places. A past that is both alive and active is shown to us. The best historical fiction books break down the distance between now and the past, making us think about our own faces in history's mirror. And asking us to consider how that reflects on our present. In the early 19th century, Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries began writing historical fiction ebooks. There have been many subgenres of historical fiction since then, including the ever-popular historical romance. Historical fiction has grown in popularity over the past two centuries and has gained passionate readers who are known as sticklers for historical accuracy. When done right, a historical fiction novel exemplifies and carefully considers the manners, social conditions, and other details of the time period in which the novel is set. Bestsellers in historical fiction include The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Gone with the Wind, and The Red Tent. This genre has a strong hold on readers' imaginations and hearts.

Find yourself transported back in time with some of the best historical fiction ebooks out there. The best historical fiction works like the Wardrobe into Narnia—a kind of magic of the imagination that transports us back in time to a fully realized world and very specific times and places. A past that is both alive and active is shown to us. The best historical fiction books break down the distance between now and the past, making us think about our own faces in history's mirror. And asking us to consider how that reflects on our present. In the early 19th century, Sir Walter Scott and his contemporaries began writing historical fiction ebooks. There have been many subgenres of historical fiction since then, including the ever-popular historical romance. Historical fiction has grown in popularity over the past two centuries and has gained passionate readers who are known as sticklers for historical accuracy. When done right, a historical fiction novel exemplifies and carefully considers the manners, social conditions, and other details of the time period in which the novel is set. Bestsellers in historical fiction include The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Gone with the Wind, and The Red Tent. This genre has a strong hold on readers' imaginations and hearts.