Put down the time turner, Hermione Granger. You don’t need magic to travel back in time; all you need is a book! Historical fiction fans are in for a treat this year, with an impressive crop of books hitting shelves just waiting to transport readers through space and time. These stories not only have the power to entertain, they also shine a light on forgotten figures and events, and on darker moments in our history that must be remembered if we want to avoid repeating them. Here’s a list of 20 new and upcoming releases to add to your 2020 TBR.
The Library of Legends by Janie Chang
Inspired by real events, Janie Chang’s latest takes place in 1937 after the bombing of Nanking. Minghua University student Hu Lian and her classmates are tasked with transporting a 500-year-old collection of myths to western China, a journey of 1,000 miles.
Two Rogues Make a Right by Cat Sebastian
Cat Sebastian returns this summer with a tender historical romance. After searching high and low, Will Sedgwick has finally found Martin Easterbrook, his oldest friend. Whisking a sick Martin away to the English countryside, Will vows to never let him go again.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
V.E. Schwab returns this fall with the highly-anticipated novel about a young woman who makes a bargain to live forever, but be forgotten by everyone who meets her. Beginning in 1714 in France, the story follows Addie across the centuries of her life until she meets someone who remembers her.
A Duke, the Lady, and a Baby by Vanessa Riley
This historical romance takes readers to London in 1814, where West Indian heiress Patience is doing whatever it takes to be close to her son, who was taken from her after she questioned the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death. The Widow’s Grace helps Patience get a job working for her son’s guardian: the Duke of Repington.
Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
The past and present intertwine in this YA novel told from the perspective of two teen girls: Khayyam, who is spending the summer in Paris with her parents and searching for a lost painting, and Leila, the painting’s subject and a 19th-century concubine dreaming of a different life.
The War Widow by Tara Moss
After the war ends, war correspondent Billie Walker returns to Sydney in 1946 and reopens her late father’s private investigation agency. Soon, she finds herself on the trail of a missing young man. When her sources are murdered, Billie realizes she’ll need to put her life on the line if she hopes to find the truth.
Give the Devil His Due by Sulari Gentill
A murderer is on the loose in Sydney, Australia, but luckily Rowland Sinclair is on the case! Sinclair was prepared to race his 1927 Mercedes S-Class in a charity event for the Red Cross, but when a journalist is found dead, it becomes clear he’ll need to put on his sleuthing cap once more.
A Hundred Suns by Karin Tanabe
Jessie Lesage and her husband Victor, a member of the Michelin family, travel to Vietnam to begin managing a rubber plantation. Just as Jessie’s realizing that her new life—from the plantation to the friends she’s made—isn’t what she thought it would be, secrets from her past begin to catch up with her.