Helen of Troy by Margaret George (Penguin)
Margaret George delivers a gorgeous fictional account of Helen of Troy's life, beginning with her relatively carefree childhood, all the way to the onset of the Trojan War.
This is perfect for slightly older readers who want to know more about Helen, and also are interested in a strong, sympathetic woman who is trying to escape her fate.
Find it on Amazon for $13.47.
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Ecco/HarperCollins)
Madeline Miller retells the Trojan War through Patroclus as narrator. It's a fresh retelling of the war, and reintroduces us to the mythical figures of the Trojan War - including Helen - with fresh, sympathetic eyes.
This is perfect for slightly younger readers, who want to understand both the emotions and overarching politics driving the war.
Find it on Amazon $8.47.
Early One Morning by Virginia Baily (Little Brown)
Debut author Virginia Baily has written a gorgeous family-centric drama on survival and relationships during World War II.
It's hard to explain the wonder of this book without spoilers, so get this book for the reader in your life who wants to understand the human elements behind large-scale events, but can also appreciate the larger picture as well.
Find it for $13.65 on Book Depository.
ALl The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doer (S&S)
I don't think that there's any praise that we can heap on All The Light We Cannot See which hasn't already been said.
So we're going to change our tack and say: read this book if you appreciate authors who research their subjects thoroughly, and aren't afraid to go against the grain to deliver a story that is gorgeous, thrilling and absolutely heartbreaking.
Retails for $11.54 at Book Depository.
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory (Touchstone)
While I'm not the biggest fan of Gregory's writing style, I can't deny that she has a skill for finding the most intriguing elements of history + fiction to combine into an intriguing story.
The White Queen is a perfect example, and would make a great gift - along with the Starz DVD - for a fan of the Tudors, and the decades predating Henry and his reign.
Get intrigued by Elizabeth Woodville at Amazon for $9.92.
My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (HarperTeen)
If you have a gift recipient who doesn't mind a pre-order, definitely get My Lady Jane for them.
Hand, Ashton and Meadows reinvent Tudor history in a way that's funny, engaging and ultimately fascinating.
Get it for your friend's TBR list at Barnes & Noble for $16.41.
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