I tried to narrow my top picks down but I read so many wonderful historical fiction books this year.
Here are my top three:
The Golden Age by Tahmima Anam follows one family and their neighbours through the turbulent times of the Bangladesh war of Independence in 1971.
The Longest Journey by Diana Patterson and Rita Turner is the sory that takes place in the mid 19 century. It is about a young woman, Elspeth who is sentenced to deportation to Australia for a crime she did not committ. There the Governor of the Colony, Sir Rossmore, employs her. He is widowed and once he learns Elspeth's story, she rises in station and a romance between the two begins.
The story of Mudbound by Hillary Jordan begins with Laura McAllan getting married to Henry. Without telling her, Henry purchases a rundown farm in the Mississippi Delta, nicknamed Mudbound. There is no running water or electricity. At the end of WWII Henry's bother James comes to live with them and thats when things spiral out of control. A story of the Jim Crow south.
An Honourable mention go to:
Ringside by Jen Bryant
I can't wait to see what's new in historical fiction in 2009!