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The Spanish Queen - A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, is sent to England to wed Prince Arthur. Quickly widowed when the weak Prince dies, Catherine lingers in a limbo, no longer an English bride but not sent back home. When Ar...

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P.S. Be Eleven

I loved One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, so I was excited to learn that her sequel, P.S. Be Eleven, was available for review. This story picks up where One Crazy Summer left off, with the three sisters – Delphine, Vonetta and Fern...

5 Stars

The Ruins of Lace

The stories in The Ruins of Lace are in first person narrative. Two sisters, Katharina, a lace maker in Lendelmolen at the Flemish abbey, then Heilwich, who is somewhat of a housekeeper to a priest. The other characters were; Denis, border...

3 Stars

Daughters of the Nile - A Novel of Cleopatra's Daughter, #3

While a fan of history, I’d not read any of Stephanie Dray’s work, so I was almost hesitant to start reading “Daughters of the Nile”. But almost instantly I was pulled into the story of Cleopatra Selene, daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antho...

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Confessions of Marie Antoinette - Marie Antoinette Trilogy, #3

Author Juliet Grey awakens the reincarnation that is the tragedy of Marie Antoinette's life with heart and soul! I think I can admit without shame that I have read most of the novels that have been published regarding the life of Marie Anto...

4 Stars

Delia's Shadow

This book is one of the best I’ve read in a long time, a mixture of San Francisco history after the great quake and fire in 1906, along with a bit of the supernatural which introduces Delia’s Shadow. Delia ran away from San Francisco after...

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  • Author: Jaime Lee Moyer
  • Review by: Mary Lignor
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Debut Title, * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Romantic Elements, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Tor Books

The Nero Decree

This is an extremely readable book, which is strange, because the story has been written many times. But, this writer has a different slant which makes it new to the reader even though the Nazis have been fodder for many books in the past....

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Shiri

What an exceptional novel penned by Mr. Taylor! We’re told the story of Shiri, a shepherd girl who is living in Ancient Egypt and because of what she witnessed happen to her parents, she’s out to seek vengeance now. She goes through this li...

5 Stars

The Deepest Night - The Sweetest Dark, #2

Fantasy, dragons, and magic! What more could a story need?! The Deepest Night was a one day read and was so good! Shana Abe is definitely an author that I am going to want to read more from! This is book two in the The Sweetest Dark series...

5 Stars
  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: CrossroadReview
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

Palisades Park

Palisades Park is a great book about childhood memories. I loved the way the author weaved the real history of the park into a well written novel. The characters where great to read about, and I was so proud of Antoinette for following her...

5 Stars

City of Hope

Jump through the pages of this book and into the Great Depression. There is so much going on in the world and this story gives you more than the downtrodden in the US but gives a rural Ireland perspective too. Ups and downs and surprise vis...

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The Sisterhood

The Sisterhood was an awesome read about finding out where you came from. Menina was an orphan. She had no idea why her parents left her, and why they left her the items they did. A medal and a hand written book were found with her. She was...

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Spring Awakening - Summerset Abbey, #3

Spring Awakening is the third book and conclusion to the Summerset Abbey series. The story builds around two sisters and their maid. You follow their journey during the uncertainty of World War I. Rowena and Victoria were very free willed a...

4 Stars

Master and God

Lindsey Davis’ latest book is a sweeping saga covering the reign of Domitian, Roman emperor, as seen through the eyes of Gaius Vinius Clodianus, a soldier, and Lucilla, hairdresser to the women of Roman society. “Master & God” is a lush per...

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The Secret History - A Novel of Empress Theodora

This is not a book that I would normally have grabbed. But I loved the cover! So I grabbed it from Night Owl Reviews and finally made it on my list! So it took me three days to finish as we were running around! At the time that I started th...

5 Stars

A Hundred Summers

With A Hundred Summers I really need to ask what people were smoking?! As I have seen a ton of 5 star reviews everywhere!!! I am sorry but this one ended up being a DNF for me as it was. I had a hard time with all the skipping back and fort...

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Midnight at Marble Arch - Thomas Pitt, Book 28

In her latest suspense novel Anne Perry deals with a murder and rape in a troubling case that Special Branch head Thomas Pitt and his former boss, Lord Victor Narraway, take quite personally. Hard on the sexual assault and apparent suicide...

4 Stars

Tarnish

I don't know much about this time period, but I did enjoy how the author had an "author's note" explaining what was Fiction and what was real. Anne was a strong character, and I really liked her. Her love interests were a little annoying th...

3 Stars

Seduction - A Novel of Suspense

I will admit, the book blurb for this novel was the hook that drew me in as I am a huge Victor Hugo fan and read his works in my free time (what little there is of that). I was not in the least bit disappointed. For author M.J. Rose to take...

5 Stars

The Corpse Reader

What an astounding experience! The Corpse Reader is a smooth journey from start to finish. This story transcends the meaning of historical novel. The plot is well-developed, and the characters are well written making this book a delight to...

5 Stars

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Jennifer Chiaverini is one of my favorite authors. I have read all of her book in the Elm Creek Quilts series and enjoyed them. When I saw this new book on the library shelf, I just had to read it. Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker is a wonderful f...

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The Queen's Vow - A Novel of Isabella of Castile

C. W. Gortner's historical fiction books are always a delight for fans, and "The Queen's Vow" was just as wonderful as his previous books. His attention to detail and ability to bring long-dead figures to life, create novels that are a wond...

5 Stars

The Shadowy Horses

The thing that first made me want to read this book was the fact it was set in Scotland. After reading a few chapters I became engrossed in the storyline which I found to be incredibly interesting because I have always enjoyed learning new...

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Maid of Secrets - Maids of Honor, #1

I was over joyed when I received Maid of Secrets in the mail from Night Owl Reviews. Not only was it something that I really wanted to read, but it came as a finished copy. That just made me even happier! However the happy stopped there. I...

4 Stars

Children of Liberty

I am so interested in the early years of our country. This novel is set in and around Boston in the late 1800’s. It is the story of one family of immigrants, Gina, her mother Mimoo, and her brother Salvo. Upon arriving in America, the famil...

3 Stars

Death and the Courtesan

This was a different and interesting take on the normal Regency romance in that it is told from the viewpoint of a courtesan instead of one of the Society misses or gentlemen. The main character is unrepentantly delightful in her enjoyment...

4 Stars

The Boleyn King - Anne Boleyn Trilogy, #1

We all know one of England's most notorious stories from history, the execution of King Henry VIII's 2nd wife Anne Boleyn. She was executed for treason because of a supposed incestuous relationship with her own brother. She had been unable...

5 Stars

Passions of Dr. Darcy

This book is in a series about the Darcy Family. When the book starts, Fitzwilliam Darcy is opening a trunk given to him that was his Uncle George's, a physician who practiced in India in the late 1700's. Upon opening it, he discovers it is...

5 Stars

A Bloom in Winter - Summerset Abbey, #2

In Part two of the Summerset Abbey Trilogy three women, Prudence, Victoria and Rowena are in very different stages of their lives. One is in jail, one gets engaged and one is married. This book is a continuation of the Buxton family in Lond...

4 Stars

Oscar Wilde and the Murders at Reading Gaol - The Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries, #6

Gyles Brandreth murder mysteries featuring Oscar Wilde have been a favorite of mine ever since I discovered the very first one. Oscar Wilde, as a personality, comes across larger than life, with his zest for life, witty bon mots, and his ab...

5 Stars
  • Author: Gyles Brandreth
  • Review by: Danya
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Suspense: Mystery
  • Publisher: Touchstone

Lizard Key

There are few books I have found that are as laugh out loud hilarious as Lizard Key. The story is one that brings some zany, crazy characters together in some off the wall scenarios to create some truly insane situations that will have read...

5 Stars

Jack Absolute

The character of Jack Absolute has been around for a very long time, as a character in the play, The Rivals, by one Richard Brinsley Sheridan. He has always been a lover and a scoundrel, a gentleman, a dedicated British spy and really, a ja...

4 Stars

The Ballad of Frankie Silver - A Ballad Novel

I thoroughly enjoy Ms. McCrumb's books. FRANKIE SILVER was the first McCrumb book I read and it is now being re-issued. It was a page turner right away. The Ballad of Frankie Silver in particular held a lot of historical references. Ms. McC...

4 Stars

One Glorious Ambition - The Compassionate Crusade of Dorothea Dix

The little bit I knew about Dorothea Dix was that she was head of nurses for Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. I never realized how much more there was to this fascinating woman until picking up One Glorious Ambition by Jane Kirkpatrick...

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An Inquiry Into Love and Death

This story packed a punch for me in regards to the ghost storyline. I love a good ghost story and with this one, I have to say that while I was reading it late at night, I was a bit jumpy at every noise I heard. The author meshed a great gh...

4 Stars
  • Author: Simone St. James
  • Review by: Diana Coyle
  • Genre: Mainstream
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Suspense: Mystery, Supernatural
  • Publisher: NAL

The Sweetest Dark

I had very little back story before beginning The Sweetest Dark, having only read the synopsis on the back cover, and I'm glad I did. The less you know the better. Orphan and ex-insane asylum patient Lora (Eleanor) can hear sounds and songs...

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  • Author: Shana Abe
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: * Fantasy, Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: Bantam

Leah's Children

"Leah's Children" is an inspirational story about finding oneself. Not only is this a continuation of Leah's journey, but the tales of her three children, Aaron, Rebecca, and Michael. Each sibling learns about themselves and what they want...

4 Stars

Leah's Journey

"Leah's Journey" really is a journey. A journey filled with emotion, despair, love, dreams, and perseverance. Gloria Goldreich has written an inspiring tale of a young woman's survival in the midst of war and poverty. The details will trans...

4 Stars

The Shadowy Horses

The Shadowy Horses is an exhilarating, ghostly read that is a must read for anyone who is a fan of a historical fiction! Ms. Kearsley writes a broody, Scottish, enchanting read that leaves readers biting at their nails at her sheer brillian...

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The Woman Who Wouldn't Die - Dr. Siri Mysteries

If you enjoy exotic settings and characters who don’t travel the beaten path, you’ll love this thriller set in Laos and featuring Dr. Siri Paiboun, the country’s newly retired national coroner, and his wife, Madame Daeng. The amateur sleuth...

4 Stars
  • Author: Colin Cotterill
  • Review by: Bob Walch
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, Suspense: Mystery, Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Soho Crime

The Songbird With Sapphire Eyes

The Songbird with Sapphire Eyes is a historical fiction which is one of my favorite genres. It starts out with a very young girl running away from home. She is a blues singer and a good one. She sings in clubs until prohibition comes along....

4 Stars

A Place Called Armageddon - Constantinople 1453

Gregoras Lascaris - soldier, mercenary, a man with secrets who is about to go back to the city responsible for the mask he wears and his exile. Theon Lascaris - his twin brother, though as different from Gregoras as day is from night. Sophi...

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Great Expectations (Splinter Edition) - Classic Lines

Of the Charles Dickens books I have read, Great Expectations is my favorite. For me, the books is all Dickens: The events that become turning points, the different paths in life, how far you can go, how low you can be brought down, how assu...

4 Stars

Lionheart

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, an avid interest in English history. While I'm always excited to find a new book in this genre, not all authors do a good job of bringing history alive. Sharon Penman not only brings her characters to...

5 Stars

The Winter Witch

When I read the book blurb for The Winter Witch, I was intrigued. It sounded like a beautiful love story and a story of true love overcoming adversity and beating the odds, which is the type of book I usually love to read. When I received t...

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The Reckoning - The Taker Trilogy, #2

The reader is once again taken on a breathtaking journey in the lives of Lanny, Luke, Adair, and Jonathon. The second installment of the trilogy picks up right where The Taker leaves off. I found myself once again immersed in the many twist...

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The Jericho River

Jericho River by David Carthage was a wonderful read. The history of Western Civilization such as Egypt or Ancient Greece has always been one of my favorite things to learn about. I enjoyed that while it was a fantasy novel is was also hist...

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Portlandtown - A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes, #1

I’m not much of a zombie fan but a novel like Portlandtown, written by Rob DeBorde, was a book I could not put down. It’s not just a “zombie story” or an “Old West” story. It’s a story of secrets, magic and mystery. It’s a story of two men,...

5 Stars

The Gilded Lily - A Novel

Ella Appleby has seized what may be her only chance at a life as something other than a servant, bringing her sister, Sadie, with her to London. The only problem is that Ella's employer has died, and his brother holds Ella not only responsi...

4 Stars

The Lucky Ones - A Bright Young Things Novel

While I wasn't a fan of Godbersen's Luxe series, I snatched up Bright Young Things in a second. You see, my favorite required reading in high school was by far The Great Gatsby. As soon as I read the synopsis and saw the gorgeous covers, I...

4 Stars
  • Author: Anna Godbersen
  • Review by: Emireally
  • Genre: YA
  • Tags: Historical Fiction, * Young Adult
  • Publisher: HarperCollins

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