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5 Best Historical Fiction Reads This August

Travel back in time with these five historical novels! Fairies, murder, and love letters will transport you back into the days of old. Featuring New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Hazel Gaynor, these reads are sure to enthrall you.

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1. The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

The New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. The true historic story is coupled with a modern day tale, blending fact and fiction in this magical read. Don't miss the book Booklist calls, "beautifully written and expertly researched."

2. A Beautiful Poison by Lydia Kang

Just beyond the Gilded Age, the deadly Spanish influenza ripples through New York City. But with so many victims in her close circle, young socialite Allene questions if the flu is really to blame. All appear to have been poisoned—and every death was accompanied by a mysterious note. As more of her friends and family die, alliances shift, lives become entangled, and the she begins to suspect that no one is safe.

3. Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy...or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

4. The Man Who Could Be King by John Ripin Miller

When Josiah Stockbridge accepts the position as aide-de-camp to George Washington at the beginning of the Revolutionary War, he thinks only of the glory and romance of battle. He is unprepared for the reality of America’s bloody fight for independence. The Continental Army is starving, underpaid, and dangerously close to mutiny. During one fateful week in American history, Josiah will watch a conflicted general become a legend and will discover for himself that the greatest struggles of war are those within the hearts and minds of ourselves.

5. The Rookery by Emily Organ

When a thief robs Fleet Street reporter Penny Green, she finds herself caught up in a horrifying murder. Someone is terrorizing the residents of St. Giles Rookery. The Scotland Yard sends Inspector James Blakely to investigate. When the serial killer claims a victim outside the slums, London is sent into panic. Can Penny’s friendship with the people of St. Giles uncover the culprit? Or will the murderer claim yet another life?

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