#1. The Ruby in The Smoke by Philip Pullman
Set in turn of the century London, this is the first book in the Sally Lockhart series, a smart and gritty heroine fans of Veronica Mars will admire.
Sally Lockhart's father was an unconventional man who preferred to teach his daughter how to run a business and shoot straight from a pistol, rather than school her in the social graces expected of a young lady. When he dies suddenly and unexpectedly, on a voyage to the Far East, Sally receives a mysterious letter containing a strange warning - one that is to lead to yet another unexpected death.
#2. Forbidden by Kimberely Griffiths Little
In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.
#3. Hush, An Irish Princess Tale by Joana Jo Napoli
Melkorka is a princess, the first daughter of a magnificent kingdom in mediæval Ireland -- but all of this is lost the day she is kidnapped and taken aboard a marauding slave ship.
#4. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger
It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
#5. Manor of Secrets by Katherine Longshore
The year is 1911. And at The Manor, nothing is as it seems. Think Downton Abbey meets The Prince and the Pauper.
#6. What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Murder and intrigue surround a girl in this mystery set in American in the aftermath of WWII. A coming of age story that will break your heart long after you finish the story.
#7. Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maude Montgomery
A classic. Get lost in the lovely descriptions of Prince Edward Island.
#8. The Madness by Allison Rattle
Set in early Victorian times, sixteen-year-old Marnie lives in the idyllic coastal village of Clevedon. Despite being crippled by a childhood exposure to polio, she seems set to follow in her mother's footsteps, and become a 'dipper', escorting fragile female bathers into the sea. Her life is simple and safe. But then she meets Noah. Charming, handsome, son-of-the-local-Lord, Noah. She quickly develops a passion for him - a passion which consumes her.
What are some of your favourite historical reads?