New releases: July 2016 – historical fiction

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Every month, I look at the top 5 of new releases by genre on Goodreads. On Wednesdays, I always write a post about fiction, young adult and fantasy because those are the three genres I read the most. And then for the forth (and sometimes fifth) post of the month, I look at the covers and titles to see which other genre seems to have some interesting releases. This month, I’m going for historical fiction. Just look at those beautiful covers, I love them (well, except for the fourth one, which is a little less alluring). So let’s dive right in with this month’s top 5!

  1. The Muse by Jessie Burton
    Publication date: July 26th 2016
    From the internationally bestselling author of The Miniaturist comes a captivating and brilliantly realized story of two young women—a Caribbean immigrant in 1960s London, and a bohemian woman in 1930s Spain—and the powerful mystery that ties them together. Rendered in exquisite detail, The Muse is a passionate and enthralling tale of desire, ambition, and the ways in which the tides of history inevitably shape and define our lives.
  2. The House at the Edge of Night by Catherine Banner
    Publication date: July 12th 2016
    A sweeping saga about four generations of a family who live and love on an enchanting Mediterranean island off the coast of Italy—combining the romance of Beautiful Ruins with the magical tapestry works of Isabel Allende. Catherine Banner has written an enthralling, character-rich novel, epic in scope but intimate in feeling. At times, the island itself seems alive, a mythical place where the earth heaves with stories—and this magical novel takes you there.
  3. The Lost Girls by Heather Young
    Publication date: July 26th 2016
    A haunting debut novel that examines the price of loyalty, the burden of regret, the meaning of salvation, and the sacrifices we make for those we love, told in the voices of two unforgettable women linked by a decades-old family mystery at a beautiful, decaying lake house. In a house steeped in the sorrows of the women who came before her, Justine must overcome their tragic legacy if she hopes to save herself and her children.
  4. The Last Hobo: A Clueless Detroit Kid Hitchhikes Across America the Summer the Seventies Ran Out of Gas by Dan Grajek
    Publication date: July 2016
    It’s fourth-of-July week 1979. Seeking thrills, adventure, and freedom, 19-year-old Ted Grager sets out to hitchhike across the U.S. The Last Hobo captures the fun, hilarity, and anxiety of a fantasy-fueled road trip colliding with reality. Based on a true story, the book is a colorful portrait of America and its people during a weird time: the tumultuous transition from the 70s to the 80s.
  5. Girl in the Afternoon: A Novel of Paris by Serena Burdick
    Publication date: July 12th 2016
    Born into a wealthy Parisian family at the center of Belle Epoque society, 18-year-old Aimée Savaray dreams of becoming a respected painter in the male-dominated art world; and secretly, she also dreams of being loved by Henri, the boy her parents took in as a child and raised alongside her. A rich and opulent saga, Girl in the Afternoon brings the Impressionists to life in this portrait of scandal, fortune, and unrequited love.

Sounds exciting, right? Guess which ones ended up on my to-read list… I’ll let you know in the comments if you’re right or not.

Other new releases of July 2016 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

Happy reading,

Loes M.


  1. Yuuuuum. OMG I want all of them.

    I guess The Muse. (For my own purposes, I think I might put The House on the Edge of Night on my list. That looks great.)

    1. I know right! In hopes of keeping my to-read list a little manageable, I really try to limit myself and not add everything to the list. So I have only added one, and that is … Girl in the Afternoon: A Novel of Paris.
      I just love Paris, and I’m dying to see how it is described in this 18th century setting.

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