book review, historical fiction

Review: The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters

The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters follows Jayne Swift, a pioneering physician navigating the English Civil War. The book opens in Dorset in 1642 and progresses through the years of the war. Okay, full disclosure, I gave up half way through. There are just too many books on my to-read to waste my… Continue reading Review: The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters

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Review: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly tells the true, yet largely untold story of Titanic's rescue ship, the Carpathia. When Captain Arthur Rostron is woken in the middle of the night with an urgent message from the Titanic, he pushes his crew and twelve-year-old ship to their limit in a race… Continue reading Review: A Brilliant Night of Stars and Ice by Rebecca Connolly

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Review: Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston

After the heavy subject matter of the last book I read, I thought it time for something light! Queen's Hope by E. K. Johnston is the third book of her Padme trilogy, with the final installment taking place from the end of Episode II: Attack of the Clones and at the very start of the… Continue reading Review: Queen’s Hope by E.K. Johnston

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Review: A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa takes place in mid-19th century Puerto Rico and follows Pola, once named Keera, who is kidnapped from her home on the west coast of Africa and taken across the infamous middle passage. Pola/Keera grew up with a gift of being able to see ones' soul and past via… Continue reading Review: A Woman of Endurance by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa

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Review: Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

Booth by Karen Joy Fowler explores a family made (in)famous by the history-altering actions of John Wilkes Booth. While many know that John Wilkes was an actor, many still may not know (including myself) that he came from a family of actors. His father, Junius Brutus Booth, was a famous Shakespearean actor in London who… Continue reading Review: Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

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Review: The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau

The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau takes place about twenty years after the deadliest stretch of the Black Death in 14th century Europe, as well as incorporates flashbacks occurring just before the start of the plague. While the novel follows Sister/Mother John, Mother Ursula, and Sister Magdalene, the nuns sometimes feel like… Continue reading Review: The Maiden of All Our Desires by Peter Manseau

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Review: The Night Train to Berlin

I really didn't know what to expect when I first started The Night Train to Berlin. I wasn't expecting the present day story line, which I normally wouldn't go for. Everyone has their specific tastes and honestly if I see a historical fiction novel with a present day story line I 98% of the time… Continue reading Review: The Night Train to Berlin

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Review: The Highlander’s Tale: Alex by Julia Brannan

I couldn't resist returning to the world of the Jacobite Chronicles, this time with The Highlander's Tale: Alex. This book follows Alex as a young boy coming of age with the MacGregor Clan on the banks of Loch Lomond. Hisfather, MacGregor Clan chieftain, teaches him and his brother Duncan the ways of cattle reiving, swordmanship,… Continue reading Review: The Highlander’s Tale: Alex by Julia Brannan

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Review: Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput follows French Huguenot (Protestant) Isabelle Collete as she continually fights for survival in a Catholic country. Opening in La Rochelle, France in 1661, Isabelle and her mother are all that remain of their family. Huguenots are being persecuted, tortured, and killed in the streets. Everyday, Isabelle walks the… Continue reading Review: Daughter of the King by Kerry Chaput

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Review: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin

Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin is a retelling of the last six books for Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid, from Lavinia's point of view. The reader first meets Lavinia as a pre-teen very close to marriageable age. As suitors begin to present themselves for her hand in marriage, and the keys to the kingdom… Continue reading Review: Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin