What are the best historical fiction novels set in 1700s?

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    #1The Kitchen House

    The Kitchen House
    The Kitchen House is a historical fiction novel by Kathleen Grissom that tells the story of Lavinia, an Irish immigrant working as a kitchen maid. Set in a plantation in Virginia prior to the Civil War, the color of her skin sets her apart from other slaves.

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    Sandra Hunt
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I loved this historical fiction novel named The Kitchen House. Set in the 1700s, it tells the tale of an Irish kitchen maid who is a immigrant. I liked the story of a white orphan being taken in my a plantation owner's illegitimate daughter. It deals with a plantation mistress that is addicted to opium. This book really delves into the meaning of family. Wonderful tale!"
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    #2Water Music

    Water Music

    Water Music is a historical adventure fiction written by Thomas Coraghessan Boyle, also known as T.C. Boyle. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2006 by Penguin Books. This book's first publication is in 1981.


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    Shreyas Jhadav
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I have read many books of Boyle and I can easily say that I love the way that he writes the book; like story telling. If you are interested in history fiction, you should definitely take a look at thia book. I also recommend the other books of the author."
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    #3The Whiskey Rebels

    The Whiskey Rebels

    The Whiskey Rebels is a standalone historical fiction novel written by David Liss which centers on the most valuable spy Ethan Saunders who now haunts in the taverns of Philadelphia. 


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    Miguel Ángel Carbajal
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Liss is just really solid. He excels at blending historical and fictional elements and this is a good example of that. The story is paced well and is really engaging. "
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    #4The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)

    The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)
    The Baron in the Trees is the second book in the classic fiction series I nostri antenati written by Italo Calvino which centers on an Italian nobleman Cosimo who rebels by climbing into trees and will remain there for his entire life. 

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    Jennifer Coleman
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a great time piece. The story is detailed and thoughtfully written and the characters are developed so richly."
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    #5City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light is a historical fiction book written by Marge Piercy which centers on Danton and Robespierre, along with actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline Léon.


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    Michelle Morris
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I am still trying to figure out how I feel about this book. I feel like the author was trying too hard to make the characters dynamic but instead they just feel like caricatures of real people. Maybe other people enjoyed it but I really tried to get into this book and it just wasn't for me unfortunately. "
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    #6Mason & Dixon

    Mason & Dixon

    Mason & Dixon is an American historical novel four young adults and adults written by post-modern author Thomas Pynchon. It was released in June 2012. It became a Time Magazine and a New York Times best book of the year.


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    Lawrence Fisher
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The book was an okay read for me. I thought that the characters were interesting. I also thought the plot was decent, nothing mind blowing. It is a book that you should read if you are interested in the 1700's and like the atmosphere of that time period."
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    #7The Widow's War

    The Widow's War

    The Widow's War is the first book in the historical fiction series Satucket written by Sally Cabot Gunning which centers on Lyddie who is married to Edward Berry for 20 years and has been used to being a whaler's wife. 


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    Ana María Castellanos
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Married for twenty years to Edward Berry, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaler's wife in the Cape Cod village of Satucket, Massachusetts—running their house herself during her husband's long absences at sea, living with the daily uncertainty that Edward will simply not return. And when her worst fear is realized, she finds herself doubly cursed. She is overwhelmed by grief, and her property and rights are now legally in the hands of her nearest male relative: her daughter's overbearing husband, whom Lyddie cannot abide. Lyddie decides to challenge both law and custom for control of her destiny, but she soon discovers the price of her bold "war" for personal freedom to be heartbreakingly dear. Includes the fascinating "story behind the story" of The Widow's War, a map of colonial Brewster, and a driving tour of the village of Satucket."
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    #8Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
    Jean-Baptiste Grenouille was abandoned as a child to the dirty streets of Paris, where he discovered he had a special talent: a unique sense of smell. Able to create the most exquisite fragrances, there is only one smell he hasn't been able to capture: the scent of a virgin.


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    Marilyn Berry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This solution does not appear to fit what I am looking for. There is no mention of historical fiction or the 1700's seems like it just didn't come out right. Overall I don't think this solution is what I want but decent try."
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    #9A Tale of Two Cities

    A Tale of Two Cities

    Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities is set in the late 18th century during the French Revolution. While political events drive the story, Dickens takes a decidedly antipolitical tone, lambasting both aristocratic tyranny and revolutionary excess.


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    Kenneth Evans
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I've tried to read A Tale of Two Cities probably over ten times, but every time I get frustrated and put it down. The very interesting story of the French revolution is buried under pages of descriptions of how candles are melting on a table, the color of a tablecloth, and other boring details that let you know Dickens was originally being paid per word."
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    #10Treasure Island

    Treasure Island

    Treasure Island is a children's historical novel by Robert Louis Stevenson that tells the story of Jim Hawkins as he sets off on an expedition in search of Captain Flint's buried treasure. Along the way, he endures mutiny and pirate attacks. 


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    David Price
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I remember reading this as a kid along with other classics such as huck fin and black beauty. It's both adventurous and easy to read along with having some of the best pacing that makes each chapter a blast to read. Highly recommended. "
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    #11The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle)

    The System of the World by Neal Stephenson is a historical fiction novel originally published in 2004. This is the third book in Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle series. It is preceded by The Confusion.


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    Alan Sheng
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "im sure there is better but this will defiantly fit the bill"


Best What are the best historical fiction novels set in 1700s
1The Kitchen HouseBooks 40 Paid
2Water MusicBooks 36 Paid
3The Whiskey RebelsBooks 33 Paid
4The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)Books 32 Paid
5City of Darkness, City of LightBooks 30 Paid
6Mason & DixonBooks 20 Paid
7The Widow's WarBooks 15 Paid
8Perfume: The Story of a MurdererBooks 6 Paid
9A Tale of Two CitiesBooks 5 Paid
10Treasure IslandBooks 3 Paid

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