Always Available on Hoopla: Historical Fiction

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Sometimes current events can feel overwhelming. Escaping to the past through historical fiction can help distract us from an uncertain present. These eBooks are always available through Hoopla.

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America’s First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death.

The Atomic City Girls: A Novel by Janet Beard

In 1944, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, hundreds of young women operate massive machines whose purpose is never explained. They know they are helping to win the war but must ask no questions and reveal nothing to outsiders.

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson

Thanks to the Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, the hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have their very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. To bring the joy of books to the hill folks, Cussy will have to confront prejudice and suspicion.

The Collector’s Apprentice by B. A. Shapiro

In the summer of 1922, nineteen-year-old Paulien finds herself in Paris – broke, disowned, and accused of stealing millions in a sophisticated con. She creates a new identity and sets out to recover her father’s stolen art collection and prove her innocence.

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic by Hazel Gaynor

In 1912, Maggie Murphy sets sail on RMS Titanic, bound for America. When disaster strikes, she is one of the few steerage passengers who survive. In 1982, Grace’s Great Nana Maggie shares a secret she harbored about the Titanic, giving Grace a new direction for her life.

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

London, 1947: Two embroiderers at a famed Mayfair fashion house take part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown. Toronto, 2016: Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of how her beloved Nan came to possess some priceless embroideries.

The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

On a summer evening in 1931, Lilly is allowed outside Blackwood Manor for the first time – and is sold to a circus sideshow. More than two decades later, Julia Blackwood has inherited her parents’ estate and, in a hidden room, finds photos of circus scenes featuring a striking young girl.

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Born on her family’s remote farm in coastal Maine, and increasingly incapacitated by illness, Christina Olson seems destined for a small life. Instead, for more than twenty years, she was inspiration for artist Andrew Wyeth, and became the subject of one of his best-known paintings.

The Wicked City: A Novel by Beatriz Williams

In a Greenwich Village apartment, two generations of women are brought together. “Gin” Kelly is a flapper hiding an extraordinary past. Ella Gilbert is a modern-day Manhattanite forced to start her life anew who senses the spirit of the Jazz Age invading her own shy nature.

The Women in the Castle: A Novel by Jessica Shattuck

At the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, the lives and fates of three Resistance widows become intertwined as all three struggle to come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives.

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