Category Archives: Historical fiction

“The Sea Gate” by Jane Johnson – Book Review

“The house is full of secrets, and sometimes they come out and whisper together in the night.” A wonderful story that switches between dual timelines featuring two strong, courageous, and resilient women artists. 1943 – Olivia Kitto is sixteen years … Continue reading

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Amazing deals to be had today for Kindle readers! Check out these great deals! These are bestsellers with tons of reviews and excellent ratings by readers. (and NO, I am NOT affiliated with Amazon – I just love a good … Continue reading

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“The Companion” by Kim Taylor Blakemore – Book Review

At a tender age, Mary Blunt used deception to wheedle her way into a position as maid at the mansion of the Burton family, in mid-19th century New Hampshire. It is a household with six servants who work for Mr. … Continue reading

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“The Doll Factory” by Elizabeth Macneal – Book Review

Twins, the Whittle sisters are twenty-one years old and working in a doll factory when we first meet them. They are in the employ of a drug-addled despot named Mrs. Salter. They work grueling hours and live in a damp … Continue reading

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“Blackberry & Wild Rose” by Sonia Velton – Book Review

Inspired by the life of Anna Maria Garthwaite, “Blackberry & Wild Rose” is a fictional rendering of  the mid-eighteenth century silk industry in Spitalfields, London. Esther Thorel – married into money and privilege, she is an Englishwoman in her late … Continue reading

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“The Poison Thread” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

Dorothea Truelove is a twenty-five year old woman of means. She lives a privileged life with her wealthy father, a ladies maid, and other servants. Her only friend seems to be her canary which she calls Wilkie. She lives in … Continue reading

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“The Mausoleum” by David Mark – Book Review @severnhouse

“When lightning strikes an ancient crypt, it exposes a devastating wartime secret” Cordelia Hemlock is living in an English village near Hadrian’s Wall named Gilsland. A village which once housed a WWII POW camp. She lives alone in a grand … Continue reading

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“Echo Hall” by Virginia Moffatt – Book Review

2014 – The story opens with a young woman, Phoebe Flint, visiting a stately home on the English/Welsh border which is open to the public. Though she has paid to enter the building, this is, in fact, the house where … Continue reading

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“The Beekeeper’s Promise” by Fiona Valpy – Book Review

“From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.” A novel with two female protagonists, this book also has … Continue reading

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“Block 46” by Johana Gustawsson – Book Review

“Outstanding, devastating, and memorable crime fiction” Originally written in French, it is brilliantly and seamlessly translated by Maxim Jakubowski.  The blurb: In Falkenberg Sweden, the mutilated body of a talented young jewelry designer Linnéa Blix is found in a snow-swept … Continue reading

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“The binding” by Bridget Collins – Book Review

The time is sometime in the far Anglo-Saxon past. An imaginary time when the annual winter holiday was called “The Turning” and  a time when books were forbidden. So deplorable that the average ‘good’ citizen would not have them in … Continue reading

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“The Widows” by Jess Montgomery – Book Review

“Inspired by the true story of Ohio’s first female sheriff, this is a powerful debut about two women’s search for justice as they take on the corruption at the heart of their community.” A story of two courageous, hard-working, and … Continue reading

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2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Hosted by Amy at Passages to the Past this historical fiction challenge has several reading levels. There are monthly check ins with links to post your reading progress and reviews. I am going for The Victorian Reader. I love historical … Continue reading

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“The Phantom Tree” by Nicola Cornick

Present Day – We first meet Alison Bannister as she is walking past an art gallery in Marlborough, Wiltshire.  She spies a portrait – a portrait of a woman who she is very familiar with. It is a likeness of … Continue reading

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“The Silent Companions” by Laura Purcell – Book Review

I just had to end the month of October with a ghost story. And WOW, what a ghost story! Creepy, gothic, and utterly unique, this novel will remain in my memory for years to come. With two historical timelines, set … Continue reading

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