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Not many people realize how exciting and amazing a historical book can be. To me, this genre is the one that can make me feel as if I’m actually experiencing everything the characters are dealing with, whether it’s love, insanity, heartbreak, etc. It all feels almost too real and exciting.

Honestly, at first I didn’t like historical books. It was a few months ago that I started basically obsessing over it because I got my hands on really good books that I would like to share with all of you!

 

The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson

No matter how small East Sussex may be, HUGE and scandalous stories unfold here. In this book you’ll experience the town coming to life, as well as their quirky inhabitants as they fall in love. However, they fall in love with the wrong people, gossip at garden parties starts happening a lot more regularly, and they also get too involved with each other’s personal lives. All of this occurs before the onset of World War I. This book is all about romance and how the outburst of the war can affect such a small community.

 

The Promise by Ann Weisgarber

This beautiful book was inspired by an interview the author conducted for a magazine in Galveston, as well as the decadence of an old house. Those two simple things were enough inspiration for Ann Weisgarber to create scandalous love affairs, broken promises, and a real-life natural disaster. The minute you read the first chapter you won’t be able to let go of the book!

 

China Dolls by Lisa See

This book revolves around San Francisco, just right before the outbreak of World War II. In this book you’ll see the lives of three young Asian women who were once just struggling to fulfill their dreams to become stars. However, now they are fighting to protect their lives all while juggling friendship, betrayal, and identity.

 

The Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake

In this novel you’ll see various stories of different characters. All of this unfolds during the post-World War II in Japan in which the country is still buried in the wreckage of violence and war. The Translation of Love tells an amazing story you simply can’t miss out on. I highly recommend this novel.

 

Away by Amy Bloom

Lillian Leyb has lost her loved ones thanks to the horrors of violence. Lillian Leyb is a young Russian Jewish girl who once she lost it all she fled her country for a brighter future in America. However, everything changes once she finds out that her own daughter might still be alive. Lilian immediately embarks on a journey to find her. This novel was recommended by my sister and I absolutely loved this book. I knew reading it one time wouldn’t be enough so I decided to read it twice to remember all the wonderful adventures Lillian Leyb experienced.