Today marks the second "Best of" list of 2015. Having revealed my Best Autobiography / Memoir / Nonfiction books yesterday, today will be the Best Historical Fiction. None of the novels on this list were a disappointment, in fact I had a very difficult time deciding which spot each would take. A God in Ruins was just as intricate and spellbinding as its companion novel, Life After Life. The Secret Life of Violet Grant was the perfect vacation read -- full of adventure and drama. I was completely invested in Anita Diamant's beautifully feminist book, The Red Tent, and was pleased to find that her most recent novel, The Boston Girl, was just as thrilling. The novel you will find at #1 is the perfect combination of all of these books -- its story is both elegantly written and undoubtedly important.
Top Historical Fiction of 2015:
8. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
7. The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver
6. The Secret Life of Violet Grant, by Beatriz Williams
5. A God in Ruins, by Kate Atkinson
4. The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant
3. The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant
2. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin
1. The Nightingale, by Kristen Hannah (Scored 29/30)
The Nightingale is a story of two very different sisters living in France during World War II. Vianne is a mother who must quarter a German soldier in her home when the Nazis arrive in her village. Isabelle is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl who joins the Resistance, delivering secret messages by bicycle until she realizes she was meant for something greater. The Nightingale is an inspiring, historical read that captures the voices and stories of women during the most trying of times.
Read my Best Historical Fiction of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014