book review, historical fiction

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 Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

The Wolf Den begins in 74 AD (five years before the famous eruption of Vesuvius,) follows Amara from Aphidnai, Greece, who was sold as a slave by her mother after the death of her doctor father. Amara ends up in Pompeii, working in a brothel known as The Wolf Den, for a manipulative and cruel… Continue reading Review: The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper

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Review: Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Faladé

Black Cloud Rising follows Sergeant Richard Etheridge of the African Brigade on their mission liberating Plantations in coastal North Carolina, as well as flushing out remaining Confederates and partisan guerillas. The story takes place in 1863, in a time and place where many enslaved men had fled their masters to join up with the Union… Continue reading Review: Black Cloud Rising by David Wright Faladé

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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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Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman

Set in 1689 New England, Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman follows Ruth Miner, a young woman accused of Witchcraft after the death of her family. After being ostracized from her community, Ruth sets out on her own to reconnect with childhood friend Owen Townsend for help. Serving as the first mate of… Continue reading Out Front the Following Sea by Leah Angstman

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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

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Update & Upcoming Reviews

I haven't posted as much lately as I'd like, but on the plus side, I'm happy to report that I have been researching for a new project and will hopefully begin writing soon! In the meantime, I still have ARCs coming in. Here are the upcoming ARCs I plan to review for the rest of… Continue reading Update & Upcoming Reviews

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Review: The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

The Highland Witch (entitled Corrag or Witch's Light in some countries) by Susan Fletcher is based on the events of the 1692 Glencoe Massacre of Clan MacDonald, told from the perspective of a outsider named Corrag. The massacre occured after the MacDonald Clan swore their oath (albeit by a forced hand) to King William "too… Continue reading Review: The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher