Ballantine Books

To Wake the Giant: A Novel of Pearl Harbor

By Jeff Shaara - Published 2020



With no job prospects in Depression-era Palatka, Florida, 19-year-old Tommy Biggs joins the Navy, becomes a hospital apprentice, and is posted to the ...Read Review

The Lost Diary of Venice

By Margaux Deroux - Published 2020


Margaux DeRoux’s debut novel, The Lost Diary of Venice, weaves together two stories of forbidden love. In contemporary New Haven, William, a ...Read Review

The Book of Lost Friends

By Lisa Wingate - Published 2020


Hannie Gossett is an eighteen-year old freed slave. In 1875 she finds herself caught up in the affairs of the Gossett family, on whose ...Read Review

The Words I Never Wrote

By Jane Thynne - Published 2020


In her latest venture into historical fiction, author Jane Thynne turns her attention to two socialite sisters on opposite sides in World War ...Read Review

The First Actress: A Novel of Sarah Bernhardt

By C.W. Gortner - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

“I saw myself at Hugo’s side, the daughter of a courtesan, whom no one save my dear Dumas had believed would amount ...Read Review

Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen (UK) / Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen (US)

By Alison Weir - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This is a superb novel about a young queen who was the victim of powerful and ambitious persons around her. Neglected by her ...Read Review

The Queen’s Fortune: A Novel of Desiree, Napoleon, and the Dynasty That Outlasted the Empire

By Allison Pataki - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

The world-shaking romance of Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine de Beauharnais is well known to readers of historical fiction, but Pataki takes a fresh ...Read Review

Triple Jeopardy: A Daniel Pitt Novel

By Anne Perry - Published 2019



This, the most recent novel in Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series, features their son, lawyer Daniel Pitt, and is set ...Read Review

Finding Dorothy

By Elizabeth Letts - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

It’s hard to imagine a more essentially American life than Maud Gage Baum’s. The wife of the author of the beloved ...Read Review

Daisy Jones & The Six

By Taylor Jenkins Reid - Published 2019


A story about a rock band that climbs to the top of the charts in the Seventies, attaining iconic status, only to fall ...Read Review