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2017 top history reads

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Welcome back, reader friends! I hope y’all had a blessed Christmas and maybe some books under your tree?! Do tell! We’re launching into day 3 of our year-end celebration so click here if you missed one of the earlier posts!

Genres, time periods, settings… we love them all! SO, what kind of fictional experience are y’all in the mood for?! Not sure? Can’t decide? I’m here for you! We’re dedicating this final week of the year to the swoof files! Seven lists of ten books each categorized by swoof, my experience of the reads!

2017 top history reads on Faithfully Bookish

Let’s talk history! Historical fiction brings the past to life with rich detail and I love it! The lists of dates, names, and places mean next to nothing to me without the story behind them. These particular titles spark that itch to learn more about the historical facts and visit featured locations! Each of these books has been featured on Faithfully Bookish in 2017 so y’all can get the scoop by clicking the covers below for more about these lovely stories!


The Road to Paradise
by Karen Barnett

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett

Don’t you love this retro 1920s style cover?! This book kicks off a new series centered around the National Park System and I’m so excited to experience them all!


Many Sparrows
by Lori Benton

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

Native American culture has always fascinated me and this story takes readers deep into the daily lives of a Shawnee tribe.


High as the Heavens
by Kate Breslin

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

This WWI story is set in Brussels and loaded with action, espionage, grief, heartache, faith, and love.  


Wings of the Wind
by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

That’s Jericho, y’all! Can you imagine?! This conclusion to the Out of Egypt series gives readers an intimate look at the biblical tale. 


A Moonbow Night
by Laura Frantz

A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz

Head deep into the Kentucke territory in the days of Daniel Boone and experience the first American frontier west of the Appalachians.


Creek Country Saga
by April W. Gardner

The Sacred Writings by April W. Gardner The Ebony Cloak by April W. Gardner Bitter Eyes No More by April W. Gardner

This series celebrates the beauty of diversity amid different cultures that inhabit the deep south during America’s infancy!


The Mark of the King
by Jocelyn Green

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green 

Settlers strive to carve even a scrap of civilization from the unforgiving wilderness of French Louisiana colony. 


With You Always
by Jody Hedlund

With You Always by Jody Hedlund

We’ve all heard of the orphan trains but this new series explores living conditions at both ends of the rail lines!


In His Eyes
by Stephenia H. McGee

In His Eyes by Stephenia H. McGee

A reluctant romance for the sake of an innocent set against the backdrop of the Reconstruction Era.


The Samurai’s Heart
by Walt Mussell

The Samurai's Heart by Walt Mussell

Sixteenth-century Japan… mic drop.


Which one of these history reads have YOU experienced, reader friends?
What books would you add?


28 thoughts on “2017 top history reads”

  1. Love this, Beth Erin! You reflect my own history loving fiction heart. Over the moonbow that moonbow is on the list! Thank you for reading and sharing so others can benefit. Can’t say enough about that!


  2. I’ve read High as the Heavens, A Moonbow Night, The Mark of the King, With You Always, and In His Eyes. I enjoyed all of them in different ways and for different reasons.


  3. Wow, Beth, this is my favorite genre and you’ve put together such a great list of diverse time periods! Samurai, really? I love it!! I have several of these titles I’m already excited to start reading, and now I’ll be adding more. 🙂 Thanks for including High As The Heavens, too. Happy New Year! XO


  4. The only one on this list that I have read is As High as the Heavens. It’s a great book. I love all of Kate Breslin’s books.
    There are several on my wish list.


  5. I’ve read and loved Many Sparrows, High as the Heavens, A Moonbow Night and Mark of the King. I gave A Moonbow Night to my heart sister for Christmas.


  6. Oh, yes! So many of these are on my list, too! I would add Lynn Austin’s ‘Where We Belong’, ‘The Illusionist’s Apprentice’ by Kristy Cambron, and ‘A Name Unknown’ by Roseanna M. White. There’s a few on here I haven’t got around to reading yet, though. Soon!


  7. I have read In His Eyes and Mark of the King and both were wonderful books. I have all of the others on kindle waiting to be read except High as the Heavens which is on my birthday list that is in January. I don’t have Karen Barnett’s. A bunch of good looking books for sure. Happy New Year!


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