Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Novels with the Most Unique Settings

It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten Tuesday at The Green Mockingbird

The official prompt is: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read or a variation on “unique books”. This one was a little harder to decide on because what think is unique might not be to you. So, I’ve settled on unique settings because that’s a pretty concrete story element we might agree on.

Some of these are highly unique because of their geographical setting and some are more so because of the combination of setting + era. In no particular order……

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10 Novels with the Most Unique Settings


1. The Lady and the Lionheart
by Joanne Bischof

Setting: a circus in Victorian-era Virginia. Lions (and their amazing trainer) and elephants all traveling by wagon, oh my! (No surprise it’s on another TTT list. I could talk about this book all day.)


2. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Setting: A little bed-and-breakfast inn in modern Prince Edward Island, Canada. The first of two contemporary stories on my list this week, the setting is charming and picturesque while it makes its way into the heart of the heroine.


3. The Thorn Healer
by Pepper Basham

Setting: Hot Springs, NC that hosts a post-WWI German refugee camp. It’s a cultural wake-up call for the heroine as she learns to overcome prejudices in her little Appalachian community.


4. The Brontë Plot
by Katherine Reay

Setting: a good part comprises a literary tour of England, complete with London and a visit to the Brontës’ hometown, Haworth. This is the second contemporary story on the list!


5. The Measure of a Lady
by Deeanne Gist

Setting: Gold Rush San Francisco, CA (mid 1800s) with all its roughness and rugged coastal beauty — this is a place the heroine does not want to be, but the people there inexplicably draw her in…


6. The Captive Imposter
by Dawn Crandall

Setting: a wealthy family’s hotel in the mountains of Maine during the Gilded Age (early 1900s).


7. The Sentinels of Andersonville
by Tracy Groot

Setting: Andersonville prison in Andersonville, GA during the Civil War. This prison held Yankees, including one of the main characters.


8. Duchess
by Susan May Warren

Setting: the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, CA, in the 1930s then Europe during crucial parts of political unrest just before WWII.


9. Saving Amelie
by Cathy Gohlke

Setting: a little village in hostile Germany during WWII.


10. A Moonbow Night
by Laura Frantz

Setting: a family lodge and way station of sorts in the wilderness of the Kentucky frontier in the mid-1700s. Think Daniel Boone!

What is one of the most unique settings you’ve read about? Did you participate in TTT this week? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Novels with the Most Unique Settings

    • It’s fantastic, Chrissi! I’m a little bit of a history nerd, so I really enjoyed learning a little through the perspective of someone in Germany during the war. I hope you add it to your TBR!

    • My work here is done. Ha! I’m glad you found some interesting ones to add!

      And yes, The Sentinels of Andersonville was SO good! I need to reread it sometime.

  1. What an interesting selection of books! I haven’t read any of them but I love that you focus on the setting. I’m going to have to add The Red Door to my TBR. I can’t resist a setting in PEI!

    • Why thank you!!!! The Red Door Inn offers such a quaint and pretty look at PEI, as does the second book in the series, Where Two Hearts Meet. It is just as wonderful and a sweet story of romance!

  2. Look at all of these amazing settings! I love stories that go outside “the box” and set their story somewhere that isn’t “safe.” Prince Edward Island makes me happy (one of my dream trips) as does seeing England, and of course a Victorian circus! So many cool places. 🙂

    • Why thank you! I agree — stories with fresh settings are so enjoyable. PEI would be awesome to see! I’d also add Scotland/Ireland to the list, while we’re dreaming.

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