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Seaside Historical Fiction

Hi historical fiction fans!

Have you all been enjoying the nice spring weather? I went to a pick-your-own tulip farm over the weekend, and let me tell you it was perfection. Now I’ve got tulip bouquets all over my house and the smell of flowers permeates the air. What could be better?

This week, I’ve got some great new releases and some fun seaside historical fiction for you all to check out. Let’s get into it!

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Bookish Goods

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If you loved the book by Taylor Jenkins Reid — or the recent Amazon Prime adaptation — these Daisy Jones & the Six concert ticket bookmarks are for you. $4

New Releases

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The Cuban Heiress by Chanel Cleeton (April 11, 2023)

Chanel Cleeton’s newest historical fiction novel follows two women whose pasts and futures collide on a luxury round-trip cruise from New York to Havana. Catherine Dohan is a heiress who has it all — or so it seems. But when she’s forced to partner up with a jewel thief, her past quickly catches up with her. Elena Palacio is a woman on the run after a devastating betrayal left her penniless and presumed dead. But now she’s returning to Havana, determined to right the wrongs done to her. And the very prey she’s looking for is aboard this ship.

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Life and Other Love Songs
Anissa Gray (April 11, 2023)

The wife and daughter of a man who disappeared in the last decades of the 20th century search for answers about the man they loved but never truly knew in this novel that spans the Great Migration to 1970s Detroit and 1990s New York City. It’s an intimate portrait of the hopes, losses, secrets, and triumphs of an American family.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

Smell the salt air and feel the ocean breeze no matter the weather with these seaside historical fiction novels.

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A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

In the summer of 1938, socialites and elites like Lily Dane, her former best friend and former fiancé Budgie, and Nick Greenwald return to Seaview, Rhode Island to get away from it all. But there’s no getting away from their complicated pasts, uneasy secrets, and long-buried dreams. The only question is whether the summer — and their inexorable ties to each other — will leave them unscathed.

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Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

In this historical thriller from the author of Mexican Gothic, a young woman in 1970s Baja California gets mixed up in the lives of a glamorous American couple whose machinations and deceits threaten to consume her. What begins as a brief escape from her boring existence soon turns into something far more sinister when one of the Americans dies and Viridian lies to protect her new friends.

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