A Portrait of Frances Woodward from Joseph Woodward’s Lost Between the Continents Trilogy

4 Biographical Fiction Books with Powerful Female Protagonists

Biographical fiction is like fanfiction about real people, read by those who wish to have been around when these individuals were alive. While movies like Titanic explore real events with fictitious characters, biographical historical fiction explores alternative history with real characters.

Here’s a look at some biographical fiction that empowered female characters.

1.    Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

Most of you might know Queen Victoria as the ruler of the British Empire for well over half a century and survived eight assassination attempts. However, Goodwin’s latest novel takes a closer look at a young woman who went to bed as a teenager and awoke as a monarch to the strongest kingdom on earth.

The book draws on the strength of a young girl as she grew into her role as queen, chose to go by her middle name, and earned the respect of her ministers.

2.    Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence

Jane Austen is something of a virtuoso in the world of romance. Unfortunately, most of her fame is posthumous, which is why not many people know the life and love that inspired this mysterious author’s classics.

Thus, Becoming Jane Austen is a collection of harmless speculations made by Spence to make sense of the inspiration behind Pride and Prejudice, a long-enduring bestseller. However, it’s a book for the books, for it includes real letters exchanged between Austen and the alleged love of her life.

Annabelle Adams, the Inspiration Behind ‘The Three Husbands of Annabelle’

3.    The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife is not an easy read by any mark because it explores some of the most controversial and tiresome themes of all: love, betrayal, and regret.

Centered around Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley Richardson, the story tries to explain why the couple parted the way it did through the vices of Jazz Age Paris, Hemingway’s personal struggles, and in turn, Hadley.

4.    The Three Husbands of Annabelle by Joseph Woodward

The Three Husbands of Annabelle is based on Annabelle Adams, a woman that married thrice during the nine and a half decades of her life.

The novel explains how each of her three husbands contributed to the woman she would grow up to be: a mother, an artist, and a strong female in her own right.

Be a Fly on the Wall with the Best Biographical Fiction

Joseph Woodward is a household name in popular historical fiction books because he writes about real people close to him. More books by the Amazon author include the Lost Between the Continents Trilogy, namely Another Chance, Healing Hands, and Sudden Freedom, Pocket Book of Short Stories, and more.

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