Revisiting history with the help of a story is fascinating. A fusion of history and fiction has always been popular among authors and readers. But, justifying the pragmatism of the era and maintaining historical accuracy is something very few writers excel at. Given here are five historical fictions, which tick all parameters and make a compelling read.
1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Set in France during WWII, The Nightingale is the story of two sisters, their different philosophies and the moral choices they made in the darkest hours of their lives. This emotionally demanding, action-packed drama not only brings WWII to life but also talks about its impact on the life of a woman, be it a daughter, sister or a wife. Beautifully written, the book raises questions on faith and love in the family, also introducing betrayal and of course cruelty of war.
2. The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
The first of an intended series of seven novels, The Seven Sisters starts with the introduction of Maia d’Apliese along with her five sisters. All of them were adopted as babies. On the death of their adoptive father, they were given clues about their heritage, which sets Maia on the trail of Izabela. Spellbinding, the book is a captivating masterpiece which reads like a fairytale as well.
3. The Architect’s Apprentice by Elif Shafak
It is 1540. A 12-year-old Jahan along with his elephant arrives in Istanbul to serve the Sultan where he is noticed by chief architect Mimar Sinan for his talent. Mimar takes him under his wing to create the most famous buildings of that era.
Shafak has always impressed us with her work and once again she has breathed some magic in this historical-political-fiction.
4. Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran
Rebel Queen is a mesmerizing story of Rani Lakshmi Bhai, ruler of Jhansi and her rebellion against the British Army. Narrated by one of her most trusted guards, Sita, it’s a story of courage and determination. It presents an elegant yet vivid account of one of the most vicious time of Indian history. The book is riveting and historically accurate.
5. Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner
The book is based on legendary Coco Chanel, the most influential fashion designer of all time. This semi-fictional take on Chanel’s life covers her birth, success, romance, fame and of course controversies during WWII. Some people are tricky to write about and Coco Chanel is certainly one of them. However, Gortner has handled it up to perfection. Fashion freak or not, the book is a must-read for all historical fictions lovers.