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Hosted by Jane Healey, Historical Happy Hour is a live interview and podcast featuring premiere historical fiction authors and their latest novels.


The Secret Book of Flora Lea by Patti Callahan Henry

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry joins Jane Healey on the podcast to discuss her new novel, The Secret Book of Flora Lea. When a London woman discovers a rare book with connections to her past, long-held secrets about her missing sister and their childhood in the English countryside…

The Golden Doves by Martha Hall Kelly

Jane Healey welcomes bestselling author Martha Hall Kelly to talk her latest novel, The Golden Doves. Two female spies, bound together by their past, risk everything to hunt down an infamous Nazi doctor in the aftermath of World War II—an extraordinary novel inspired by true events from the New…

The Underground Library by Jennifer Ryan

Historical Happy Hour welcomes acclaimed author Jennifer Ryan to discuss her latest novel, The Underground Library. When the Blitz imperils the heart of a London neighborhood, three young women must use their fighting spirit to save the community’s beloved library in this heartwarming novel based on true events. …

The Phoenix Crown by Kate Quinn and Janie Chang

Bestselling authors Janie Chang and Kate Quinn join us to discuss their new novel, The Phoenix Crown, a thrilling and unforgettable narrative about the intertwined lives of two wronged women, spanning from the chaos of the San Francisco earthquake to the glittering palaces of Versailles. …

The Sicilian Inheritance by Jo Piazza

The podcast welcomes bestselling author, podcast creator and award-winning journalist, Jo Piazza to discuss her latest book. The Sicilian Inheritance is a multigenerational mystery and adventure about a woman who returns to Sicily to claim her family’s land and is threatened by the same forces that murdered her greta…

Finding Margaret Fuller by Allison Pataki

New York Times bestselling author of The Magnificent Lives of Marjorie Post, Allison Pataki, is our guest! Join us to discuss her new novel, Finding Margaret Fuller. This is an epic reimagining of the life of Margaret Fuller—America’s forgotten leading lady and the central figure of a movement that…

The Women by Kristin Hannah

It’s the 3rd anniversary of Historical Happy Hour. And my guest this month is the amazing, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kristin Hannah, to discuss her latest novel, THE WOMEN. From master storyteller Kristin Hannah, bestselling author of The Nightingale and The Four Winds, comes the story of a turbulent, transformative era…

The Mayor of Maxwell Street by Avery Cunningham

The Mayor of Maxwell Street is a work of Adult Historical Fiction where an ambitious Black debutante and aspiring journalist enlists the help of a low-level speakeasy manager to identify the head of an underground crime syndicate in the dangerous world of Prohibition-era Chicago….

Goodnight from Paris by Jane Healey

To start 2024, I present an in-depth look at the story of Drue Leyton and her historic contributions to the end of WWII….

A Beautiful Rival by Gill Paul

Bestselling author Gill Paul joins us to talk about her new book, A Beautiful Rival. This stunning new novel reveals the unknown history of cosmetic titans Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein and their infamous rivalry that spanned not only decades, but also broken marriages, personal tragedies, and a world that…

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon

From the New York Times bestselling author of I Was Anastasia and Code Name Hélène comes a gripping historical mystery inspired by the life and diary of Martha Ballard, a renowned 18th-century midwife who defied the legal system and wrote herself into American history….

The Spectacular by Fiona Davis

From the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Magnolia Palace: A thrilling story about love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of dreams, set amidst the glamour and glitz of Radio City Music Hall in its mid-century heyday….

A Bakery in Paris by Aimie K. Runyan

From the author of The School for German Brides, this captivating historical novel set in nineteenth-century and post–World War II Paris follows two fierce women of the same family, generations apart, who find that their futures lie in the four walls of a simple bakery in a tiny corner…

California Golden by Melanie Benjamin

Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author joins us to discuss her latest novel California Golden, tells the story of two sisters navigating the thrilling, euphoric early days of California surf culture in a dazzling saga of ambition, sacrifice, and the tangled ties between mothers and daughters. Entertainment Weekly calls…

The Keeper of Hidden Books by Madeline Martin

Madeline Martin is a New York Times and International Bestselling author of historical fiction and historical romance. Her latest novel The Keeper of Hidden Books is a heartwarming story about the power of books to bring people together based on the real life heroic efforts of Warsaw’s librarians during…

Night Angels by Weina Dai Randel

Weina Dai Randel joins Jane Healey to talk about her novel, Night Angels. From the author of The Last Rose of Shanghai comes a profoundly moving novel about a diplomatic couple who risked their lives to help Viennese Jews escape the Nazis, based on the true story of Dr. Ho Fengshan, Righteous Among the…

Daughters of Nantucket by Julie Gerstenblatt

Set against Nantucket’s Great Fire of 1846, this sweeping, emotional novel brings together three courageous women battling to save everything they hold dear… Nantucket in 1846 is an island set apart not just by its geography but by its unique circumstances. With their menfolk away at sea, often for…

The Perfumist of Paris by Alka Joshi

Alka Joshi joins us to talk about her new novel, The Perfumist of Paris. The final chapter in her New York Times bestselling Jaipur trilogy takes readers to 1970s Paris where Radha’s budding career as a perfumer must compete with the demands of her family and the secrets of her…

The Ways We Hide by Kristina McMorris

New York Times bestselling author Kristina McMorris is our guest! Join us to discuss her new novel, The Ways We Hide, a sweeping World War II tale of an illusionist whose recruitment by British intelligence sets her on a perilous, heartrending path….

The Witch of Tin Mountain by Paulette Kennedy

Paulette Kennedy is my latest guest to discuss her new novel, The Witch of Tin Mountain, a witchy southern gothic set in rural Northern Arkansas during the Great Depression, coming to you February 1st, 2023 from Lake Union Publishing. …

The Matchmaker’s Gift by Lynda Loigman

From Lynda Cohen Loigman, the bestselling author of The Two-Family House and The Wartime Sisters, comes a heartwarming story of two extraordinary women from two different eras who defy expectations to utilize their unique gift of seeing soulmates in the most unexpected places in The Matchmaker’s Gift….

Where the Sky Begins by Rhys Bowen

Bestselling author Rhys Bowen discusses her new novel, Where the Sky Begins.  A woman’s future is determined by fate and choice in a gripping WWII novel about danger, triumph, and second chances by the New York Times bestselling author of The Venice Sketchbook and The Tuscan Child. London, 1940….

Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women by Kris Waldherry

This month’s book pick for Historical Happy Hour is perfect for Halloween! Please join me and the fabulous author Kris Waldherr as we celebrate the launch of her latest novel Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women. Some tales aren’t what you think. For the first time, the untold…

The Thread Collectors by Alyson Richman and Shaunna Edwards

1863: In a small Creole cottage in New Orleans, an ingenious young Black woman named Stella embroiders intricate maps on repurposed cloth to help enslaved men flee and join the Union Army. Bound to a man who would kill her if he knew of her clandestine activities, Stella has…

Historical Happy Hour: Power Panel

Three fabulous authors, Piper Huguley, Libbie Grant and Aimie K. Runyan, join me for a very special panel, celebrating the launch of Piper Huguley’s novel, By Her Own Design. It’s the incredible untold story of how Ann Lowe, a Black woman and granddaughter of slaves, rose above personal struggles…

The Next Ship Home by Heather Webb

This is a novel of the dark secrets of Ellis Island, when entry to “the land of the free” promised a better life but often delivered something drastically different, and when immigrant strength and female friendship found ways to triumph even on the darkest days. Inspired by true events…

Angels of the Pacific by Elise Hooper

Inspired by the extraordinary true stories of World War II’s American Army nurses famously known as the Angels of Bataan and the unsung contributions of Filipinas of the resistance, this novel transports us to a remarkable era of hope, bravery, perseverance, and ultimately—victory….

Antoinette’s Sister by Diana Giovinazzo

As Marie Antoinette took her last breath as Queen of France in Paris, another formidable monarch—Antoinette’s dearly beloved sister, Charlotte—was hundreds of miles away, in Naples, fighting desperately to secure her release from the revolutionaries who would take her life. Little did Charlotte know, however, that her sister’s execution…

Beautiful Little Fools by Jillian Cantor

USA Today best-selling author Jillian Cantor reimagines and expands on the literary classic The Great Gatsby in this atmospheric historical novel with echoes of Big Little Lies, told in three women’s alternating voices….

The Last Season by Jenny Judson and Danielle Mahfood 

The Last Season is a collaboration between Jenny Judson and Danielle Mahfood, who met in high school and shared a mutual love of historical fiction and romance novels. Instead of passing notes in class, Jenny and Danielle would write short excerpts from imaginary novels that featured themselves and their classmates…

Defending Britta Stein by Ron Balson

Thrilled to have Ron Balson, bestselling author and winner of the National Jewish Book Award, as my guest for this month’s Historical Happy Hour. We will be discussing his latest novel, Defending Britta Stein, a fascinating story of bravery, betrayal and redemption. …

The Show Girl by Nicola Harrison

My guest for this Historical Happy Hour is Nicola Harrison to discuss her new novel, The Show Girl. The Show Girl gives a glimpse of the glamorous world of the Ziegfeld Follies through the eyes of a young midwestern woman who comes to New York City to find her…

The Last Green Valley by Mark Sullivan

My guest for Historical Happy Hour is bestselling author Mark Sullivan. He will be joining me to discuss his latest novel, The Last Green Valley, the epic WWII story of one family’s decision to escape tyranny and run to freedom. …

Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland

Join us for a special Catskills edition of H3 with Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel. We’ll go back in time to discuss the hotter-than hot vacation destination in the 50s, why it was known as the Borscht Belt, and its depiction in Dirty Dancing….

Lady Sunshine by Amy Mason Doan

ONE ICONIC FAMILY. ONE SUMMER OF SECRETS. THE DAZZLING SPIRIT OF 1970S CALIFORNIA.“A delicious daydream of a book.” —Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of 28 Summers … “With lyrical writing and a page-turning plot, this sun-dappled book has it all: heart, smarts, and an irresistible musical beat.” —Karen Dukess, author of The…

The Secrets We Left Behind by Soraya Lane

Occupied France, 1940. When the staff at a field hospital draw straws to find out who will join the evacuation from Dunkirk, Nurse Cate is left behind. But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking one patient…

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff is our guest! Join us to discuss her new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star. Inspired by harrowing true stories, the novel is an emotional testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive….

Band of Sisters by Lauren Willig

A group of young women from Smith College risk their lives in France at the height of World War I in this sweeping novel based on a true story—a skillful blend of Call the Midwife and The Alice Network—from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Willig….

The Last Tiara by M.J. Rose

From New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller M.J. Rose comes a provocative and moving story of a young female architect in post-World War II Manhattan, who stumbles upon a hidden treasure and begins a journey to discovering her mother’s life during the fall of the Romanovs….

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