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Historical Fiction for Women's History Month

Reading historical fiction is a great way to learn history by walking around in another person’s shoes. I can see what that time and place looked like, and how it felt. We are lucky to have many authors who have created those worlds from a women’s perspective. Today, I’ll point out a few of my favorites. I’ll start with a couple for adult or older readers, then tell you about two for younger readers.


Andromeda Romano-Lax has written several excellent novels, including Annie and the Wolves (featuring Annie Oakley) and Behave (about Rosalie Rayner, psychologist and partner of John B.Watson). Learn more about Andromeda at https://www.romanolax.com.


Annie and the Wolves a novel by Andromeda Romano-Lax, image of Annie Oakley shooing a rifle backwards looking into a mirror


Stephanie Thornton writes great historical fiction about women from many different time periods, from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Alice Roosevelt to Mary Shelley. Check out her website at https://www.stephaniethorntonauthor.com.


cover of Her Lost Words: a novel of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley,, by Stephanie Marie Thornton, image of full pen and inkwell in colorful flower motif, cursive writing in background

Stacey Lee is a wonderful author who started writing young adult historical novels, including the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and the Titanic. She’s now branched out to middle grade, too. Learn more about Stacey’s books at https://www.staceyhlee.com.


Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee, image of Chinese-English girl in 1912 dress, background of S. S. Titanic stacks and birds flying

While we’re talking middle grade, Nancy Springer’s upper middle grade Enola Holmes mysteries are a delight that also give you a view into Victorian England. Her website is https://www.nancyspringer.com.


cover of Enola Holmes and the Elegant Escape, Nancy Springer, young confident girl looking over her shoulder at reader, Victorian coach and estate house in background

This list just scratches the surface, but you get the idea. There are many women authors who write historical fiction. Reading them is a great way to celebrate Women’s History Month!


Do you have any suggestions? Please let us know in the comments.



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