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Ten Most Anticipated Historical Fiction Books in 2014

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I have a weakness in books, and it is a very specific weakness. I cannot get enough historical fiction. However, it is not just any old historical fiction, it is historical fiction that is from the perspective of a female during the Tudors era in England and Europe. Surprisingly, there are plenty of books and authors available to quench that thirst.

This list has the 10 most anticipated historical fiction novels coming out in 2014, and I promise they aren't just Tudor era novels from the perspective of women.

10. Love Comes Calling

Author: Siri Mitchell; Release Date: March 4, 2014

Love Comes Calling is the 10th book on our list of the most anticipated 2014 historical fiction books. Aspiring actress and socialite Ellis Eaton fills in for a look-alike friend at the telephone exchange when she hears a call that threatens a man she has recently come to care for. when heart gets muddled as handsome officer Jack Flanigan begins investigating the case, she may discover the role of a lifetime.

9. Fair Play (It Happened at the Fair #2)

Author: Deeanne Gist; Release Date: May 6, 2014

Fair Play is the second novel in the series It Happpened at the Fair and ranks at number 9 on our top 10 list of the most anticipated historical fiction novels releasing in 2014. The book follows a love story between a captivating woman with a man's name and a man's profession, and a Texas Ranger who meet at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Their relationship is initially tense but they come around to each other, and become a fast team when they discover an abandoned baby. What happens next is nothing short of what you would expect of a determined woman with a big heart. 

8. Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander, #8)

Author: Diana Gabaldon; Release Date: June 10, 2014

The Outland series by Diana Gabaldon has captured the hearts of many. The ninth installment of hte series, Written in my own Heart's Blood comes in at number eight on our list. In case you have not read the series up to this point, I will not show any of the details. I will say that it is not a series to miss!

7. Full Steam Ahead

Author: Karen Witemeyer; Release Date: June 3, 2014

Karen Witemeyer's book Full Steam Ahead falls in the 7th place on our list of 10 most anticipated Historical Fiction novels in 2014. The book follows Nicole Renard who has always had trouble impressing her father for not being male, not being married, and not being able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.

Nicole decides to rectify these issues the best she can by attempting to secure a huspand. Her adventure has obstacles such as company rivals and an extreme change of plans. Eventually she comes into employment by the somewhat eccentric scientist Darius Thornton who is set on preventing another steamship explosion. Sparks fly, but Darius doesn't fit her needs as she needs someone who can take over the family business. In addition, the company rivals have not given up on her quiet yet.

6. A Match Made in Texas

Author: Karen Witemeyer; Release Date: January 7, 2014

Karen Witemeyer has kept busy and is the only author to have two books on this list. A Match Made in Texas is the sixth book in the top 10 most anticipated historical fiction novels of 2014. It is a Novella Collection written by four different authors, with Witemeyer leading the way.

The novel takes place in Dry Gulch, Texas in 1893. It follows a young woman who loves to help those in need, and hires men and woman of good character who she believes can help her "targets." Eventually, she ends up playing cupid by accident and her friends turn the tables with a matchmaking plan of their own.

5. A Burnable Book: A Novel

Author: Bruce Holsinger; Release Date: February 18, 2014

The historical fiction thriller A Burnable Book ranks at number 5. In Chaucer's London, young King Richard's life is at risk according to songs from a so-called "Burnable Book." Chaucer himself turns to fellow poet John Gower to aid in saving the king. Gower discovers that the book implicates so much more, and now the king's fate rests in his hands. Historical fiction thrillers really tend to shine.

4. The Dancing Master

Author: Julie Klassen; Release Date: January 7, 2014

The fourth book on my list of the most anticipated historical fiction novels in 2014 is The Dancing Master. A dancing master moves his family into a quiet village to unfortunately discover that dancing is prohibited. He finds solace and an ally in Miss Julia Midwinter but she questions his past. The description poses the question "can they bring new life to this quiet village--and heal long-kept-secret scars?"

3. A Beauty So Rare (Belmont Mansion #2)

Author: Tamera Alexander; Release Date: March 23, 2014

Number three on my list is an American historical fiction novel that is the second book in the Belmont Mansion series. While the frilly cover initially turned me off, one sentence in the description immediately turned my senses around:

A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life--building a home for destitute widows and children from the Civil War.

One of my favorite historical fiction books growing up was about a woman who was a nurse during the Civil War, so this one touched my heart. Based in Nashville, Eleanor Braddock tries to work with her despised Aunt to build the home but finds failure until the Archduke of the House of Habsburg arrives in town. They build the home, and a relationship, together but their love for each other risks falling apart at the end.

2. Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco #2)

Author: Julie Lessman; Release Date: January 7, 2014

I won't lie and tell you that I love historical American fiction, because I don't, but I also won't lie and tell you that this book didn't catch my eye. Allison McClare is a spunky, independent woman who realizes that she needs to learn self-defense during her explorations of the coast. She convinces Detective Nick Barone to teach her jiu-jitsu and, perhaps expectantly, the forced friendship turns into something more. However, one day Nick disappears without a trace and Allison is in despair and wonders if she can ever trust someone to love again.

1. The Collector of Dying Breaths: A Novel of Suspense

Author: M.J. Rose; Release Date: April 8, 2014

Number one on our list of the top most anticipated historical fiction novels in 2014 is The Collector of Dying Breaths. What an exciting novel title! While this does not fall under my personal weakness, I know I am going to have to pick this one up. It is partly based in 1533, and the story surrounds an orphan boy with a knack for perfumes. He is asked to be Catherine de Medici's perfumer and goes from a life of poverty to one of comfort.

To repay his debt to the Queen, he occasionally makes her poisons to rid her of her rivals. This has led to a new fascination for him: reanimating life. 

Five centuries later Jac L’Etoile finds out about the perfumer and sets on a quest to discover the secret to immortality. This book jumps back and forth between the past and the present, contains suspense and historical fiction, and is definitely not one to miss.

That concludes our top ten list of the most anticipated historical fiction books in 2014. Check out the top ten list of the most anticipated fantasy novels and keep checking back for more. Did any historical fiction novels on this list catch your eye? Which historical fiction books are you looking forward to that this list missed?

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