13 Best Historical African Fiction

List Updated September 2020

Bestselling Historical African Fiction in 2020


Sister of Mine: A Novel

Sister of Mine: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Lake Union Pr

Love In the Jim Crow South: BWWM Romance Novel for Adults

Love In the Jim Crow South: BWWM Romance Novel for Adults
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection (Dover Thrift Editions)

When I Was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection (Dover Thrift Editions)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020

The Keepers of the House

The Keepers of the House
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

A Tangled Mercy: A Novel

A Tangled Mercy: A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Lake Union Publishing

Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • A Long Walk To Water

Things Fall Apart (African Trilogy, Book 1)

Things Fall Apart (African Trilogy, Book 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

Chasing Moonlight: A Standalone in the "Again for the First Time" Family Saga (AFTFT Book 3)

Chasing Moonlight: A Standalone in the
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Homegoing

Homegoing
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • VINTAGE

John Henry (Picture Puffins)

John Henry (Picture Puffins)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Doubleday

'The Flame and the Flower' Vocabulary

Vocabulary list for historical romance novel "The Flame and the Flower" by celebrated author Kathleen E. Woodiwiss.

ague: a fever characterized by successive cold, hot, and sweating fits.

allay: to put an emotion like fear, doubt, suspicion, etc. to rest.

aspersion: a damaging remark or criticism.

basted: to sew with long, loose stitches, as when temporarily tacking together the pieces of a garment to be made.

batiste: a fine, often sheer fabric.

cad: an ill-bred man, especially one who behaves in a dishonorable or irresponsible way toward wymyn.

chemise: a woman's loose-fitting, shirt-like undergarment.

coiffure: a style of arranging or dressing the hair, often with curls and updo.

colleen: an Irish girl.

decolletage: the neckline of a dress cut low in the front or back and often across the shoulders.

destitute: living in poverty without food, clothing, and shelter.

dour: 1) sullen, gloomy. 2) severe, stern.

drummer: a commercial traveler.

eke: to increase; enlarge; lengthen.

ewer: a pitcher with a wide spout.

gay: carefree, merry, bright, or given to pleasure in social entertainment.

impressment: the act of impressing people or property into public service or use.

irascible: easily provoked to anger.

landau: a four-wheeled, two-seated carriage with a top made in two parts that may be let down or folded back.

mendacious: telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest, lying, untruthful.

mendacity: the quality of being mendacious; the tendency to lie.

mien: air, bearing, or demeanor, showing character.

mince: to soften one's words for the sake of courtesy.

muslin: a cotton fabric made in various degrees of fineness and often woven or embroidered in patterns, especially a cotton fabric of plain weave.

pallor: unusual or extreme paleness, as from fear, ill health, or death.

pate: the top of the head.

portreeve: a port warden.

quail: to lose courage in the face of difficulty or danger; to shrink with fear.

ribald: vulgar, or indecent in speech or language; coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent.

squall: a sudden and violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain, sleet, or snow.

stock: a long usually white kerchief wrapped around the neck, worn in the 18th century and as part of modern riding dress.

temerity: reckless boldness, rashness.

ticks: the cloth case of a mattress or pillow, containing fluff, feathers, or similar.

tiller: a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for steering.

timorous: full of fear; fearful; timid.

tractable: easily handled, docile, yielding.

tricorn: a hat with a brim turned up on three sides.

yew: a coniferous tree of the family Taxaceae, having needlelike and scalelike foliage; this tree can be a symbol of sorrow, death, or resurrection.

yokel: a country bumpkin.

zephyr: a gentle mild breeze

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