Tuesday, May 8, 2012

HT Recommends - Revolutionary War and Colonial Era

Reader Bridget contacted us with the following request:

I was wondering if you had any suggestions for books circa the Revolutionary War and colonial era? I have read several books about those topics by Ann Rinaldi, who I love, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

Here are the books we would recommend, some of which we have greatly enjoyed:

Midwife of The Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins
The Tory Widow by Christine Blevins
The Turning of Anne Merrick by Christine Blevins
Hearts and Bones by Margaret Lawrence
The Winthrop Woman by Anya Seton
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
City of Dreams: a novel of Niew Amsterdam by Beverly Swerling
Shadowbrook by Beverly Swerling
Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
Into the Wilderness series by Sara Donati
Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon (the later books in particular)

Anyone has other suggestions?
Edited to add: The Lit Asylum recently looked at some older books with this setting. You can read their suggestions here


  1. Great suggestions - I'll be looking into some of these titles.

  2. Oh, Elswyth Thane's Dawn's Early Light, firsts in her Williamsburg series.

  3. Please don't forget Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow!

  4. Any of Sally Gunning's historicals! The Widow's War, Bound, and The Rebellion of Jane Clarke. Also, since Rinaldi and Halse Anderson write for YAs, Bridget might like to see this list at HistoricalNovels.info.

  5. Caleb's Crossing is good. The Tory Widow looks interesting, I will have to get that from the library.

  6. Seconding Celia Garth...and The Witch of Blackbird Pond was my favorite book as a kid!

  7. The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent(later called The Traitor's Wife) was very good. There was a sequel that I haven't read called The Heretic's Daughter.

    I don't know if 1790's is getting too far out of the colonial era, but I also enjoyed The Kitchen House.

  8. I'd also recommend Speaks the Nightbird byt Robert McCammon and the Bone Rattler series by Eliot Pattison. Both are set a tad before the Revolution, but both good.

  9. Thanks so much for these recommendations! I will be sure to check them out!

    Thanks again,

  10. Barbara Hamilton has a new series featuring Abigail Adams as an amateur sleuth. I have read all 3 of the books in the series and I enjoyed all of them. Check this new series out.

  11. Thomas Fleming - Dreams of Glory and Remember the Morning