One of the things I've noticed when it comes to stories set in the past is that a lot of people seem to love to watch them on TV, but not as many love to read about them in books. So today I'm looking at two current, popular historic fictional TV shows and giving suggestions of some fairly recent historical fiction books to try for the people who love them.
First up, Downton Abbey.
If you watch for the upstairs/downstairs contrast and drama:
Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
If you watch for the ladies doing as ladies did (or refusing to act like ladies) during this time period:
Summerset Abbey series by T.J. Brown
If you're interested in the women's rights movement of the time:
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
If you watch for the drama & romance set in the past:
The Luxe series by Anna Godbersen
If you watch for the history (yeah, right, but I went in hoping for interesting 1500s drama and got... drama, at least. So I'll say if you originally went in for the history):
The Royal Circle Series by Katherine Longshore
If you watch for the mystery and intrigue:
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
If you watch for fiery Mary:
The Wild Queen by Carolyn Meyer
Bonus: The Americans.
If you watch for the Cold War intrigue, the spying, and the political tension:
Sekret by Lindsay Smith
Hopefully this will give lovers of these shows some YA historical fiction suggestions to help tide them over for the wait between seasons and maybe expand some horizons! If there are any I missed that you think would be a great match, let me know! Or, do you know of a YA historical fiction novel great for fans of a different historical show? I want to know that too!