Category Archives: Historical fiction

“The Midwife’s Secret” by Emily Gunnis – Book Review

“A gripping, heart-wrenching story of love, loyalty and family secrets.” This engrossing story is told via three timelines: “It is God’s will that a woman suffers in childbirth, he says, and it is not my place to interfere with God’s … Continue reading

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“Rizzio” by Denise Mina – Book Review

A young Mary Queen of Scots witnesses the brutal murder of her private secretary David Rizzio during the bloody coup of Holyrood Palace in March of 1566. Ever since reading the brilliant crime trilogy ‘Garnethill‘ several years ago, I have … Continue reading

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“Painting The Light” by Sally Cabot Gunning – Book Review

Painting the Light is set on a sheep farm in Martha’s Vineyard in 1898. Ida Russell is an artist who lives in Beacon Hill, Boston with her parents. Then her young life is beset by loss. First her father and … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “The Stopped Heart” by Julie Myerson – #BookReview #ThrowbackThursday

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

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“The Skylark’s Secret” by Fiona Valpy – Book Review

Told via two separate timelines, this story relays the story of a mother and daughter. The mother, Flora, was a WREN during WWII. She drove ambulances when her small croft fishing community was commandeered by the Home Fleet as a … Continue reading

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“The Winter Sea” by Susanna Kearsley – Book Review

Present Day – Canadian novelist Carrie McClelland travels to Aberdeenshire Scotland to write her latest novel which is set in the historic Slains Castle. Once there, she finds that the book is almost writing itself as she seems to be … Continue reading

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“After the Rising” by Orna Ross – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

Twenty years ago, Jo Devereux fled Mucknamore, the small Irish village where she grew up, driven away by buried secrets and hatreds. Now she is back and needs to uncover the truth of what really happened between her family and their … Continue reading

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“The Pull of the Stars” by Emma Donoghue – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

An intense and grim story about three days in a Dublin maternity ward during the Spanish flu outbreak of 1918. Influenza derives from the Latin word influentia, meaning “influence of the stars. The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed more people … Continue reading

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“Life Sentences” by Billy O’Callahan – Book Review #ReadingIrelandMonth21

1920 – The first story we read is that of Jer (Jerimiah). A man who, born in dire poverty in an Irish workhouse, has gone on to fight in the trenches of WWI and raise a family of six children … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday – “A place called Winter” by Patrick Gale – Book Review

The Throwback Thursday meme was created by Renee over at It’s Book Talk. She made this meme to share some of her old favorites. Although all bookbloggers have an endless TBR pile, we seldom take the time to reflect back … Continue reading

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“The Last Garden in England” by Julia Kelly – Book Review

1907 – Venetia Smith is a single woman in her thirties. Despite the social mores of her time, she has gained a respected reputation as a garden designer. When she is hired to design the garden at Highbury House in … Continue reading

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“The Wartime Sisters” by Lynda Cohen Loigman – Book Review

Firstly, the sisters: Ruth Blum – Married to Arthur, an MIT graduate who works overseeing arms assembly, Ruth now lives on the Springfield Armory campus, in a house for officer’s wives. She is the mother to twin girls. All her … Continue reading

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RHET International Literary Prize for Fiction 2020 Announced! @HouseofAnansi #LiteraryAward

The committee takes into consideration four main criteria: fostering of book club culture, enjoyment, literary merit, and indescribable connection to the text. About RHET Book Club Accidentally founded in 2016, the RHET Book Club has become a beloved establishment in … Continue reading

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“The Hanged Man” by Andrée Rushton – Book Review

Tessa – a librarian from London, is single and in her mid-thirties. She buys into a time-share of a beautiful old farmhouse in south-west France. She shares the house with six other people and they all get along well – … Continue reading

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“The Forgotten Letters of Esther Durrant” by Kayte Nunn – Book Review

1951-52 – Esther Durrant has just lost her infant son. Blaming herself, and suffering from post-natal depression, she is despondent and lethargic. Her husband, at a loss as to what to do, sends her to one of the Isles of … Continue reading

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