Forthcoming historical novels for 2020

The Historical Novel Society lists mainstream and small press titles set in the 1960s and earlier.  Details are compiled by Fiona Sheppard and are based on publisher descriptions.  This is a work in progress.  Other than short excerpts, please link to this page rather than copying the entries – thank you!

January 2020

David Ashton, The Lost Daughter, Two Roads (Jean Brash mystery book 2)

Greg Bear, The Unfinished Land, John Joseph Adams (historical fantasy at time of Spanish Armada invasion)

Andrew Caldecott, Wyntertide, Jo Fletcher (welcome back to Rotherweird, where an ancient plot is about to come to fruition – and this time the forces of darkness might actually win)

Mary Collins, Ten Bells Street at War, Piatkus (London 1940-separated by circumstances, the girls’ friendship stands strong in the face of hardship as they fight for their place in a frightening new world)

Caroline Dunford, Hope for the Innocent, Accent (new historical crime series set in 1939)

Larry Kramer, The American People, Vol 2: The Brutality of Fact, FSG (completes the radical reimagining of America’s history, ranging from the brothels of 1950s Washington, D.C., to the activism of the 1980s and beyond)

Sarah E. Ladd, The Thief of Lanwyn Manor, Thomas Nelson (1818, latest Regency romance explores Cornwall, England, and the secrets within one of its historic manor houses)

Maggie Mason, Blackpool Weaver, Sphere (next in series after Blackpool Evacuee)

Constance Sayers, A Witch in Time, Redhook (a young witch is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes, as both troubled muse and frustrated artist)

February 2020

Eleanor Anstruther, A Perfect Explanation, HMH (based on true story of author’s grandmother—about the perils of aristocratic privilege, where inheritance is everything and happiness is hard won)

Charlotte Betts, The Palace of Lost Dreams, Piatkus (story set in 18th century India)

Leah Garriott, Promised, Shadow Mountain (Warwickshire, England, 1810―after the heartbreak and humiliation of a broken engagement, Margaret Brinton is determined to never allow her heart to be hurt again)

Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Mercies, Little, Brown (Finnmark, Norway 1617― inspired by the Vardø storm and the 1620 witch trials; story of love, evil, and obsession, set at the edge of civilization)

Marianne Monson, Her Quiet Revolution, Shadow Mountain (biographical fiction brings to life the story of America’s first female state senator, Martha Hughes Cannon, who was also a doctor, suffragist, and champion of public health in the frontier territory of Utah in the late 19th century)

Louisa Morgan, The Age of Witches, Redhook (tale of family, magic, ambition and love in Gilded Age New York and London)

Margaret Verble, Cherokee America, Mariner Books (follows a web of complex family alliances and culture clashes in the Cherokee Nation, during the aftermath of the Civil War)

March 2020

Ann Friedman, A Fine Tapestry of Murder, Accent ( a mystery that spreads from the unsavoury slums of the Ile Notre-Dame to the home of the Duc de Languedoc ― set in Paris, 1676)


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