Category Archives: Historical fiction

“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

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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“The Clockmaker’s Daughter” by Kate Morton

Ever since reading “The Forgotten Garden“, I have been a huge fan of Kate Morton’s novels.  Since they have been published in 34 languages and have been international bestsellers, it would seem I am not alone. “The Clockmaker’s Daughter” has … Continue reading

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“The sewing machine” by Natalie Fergie – Book Review

“The sewing machine has provided work in manufacture, eased work in the home and facilitated work when there was none to be had.” A well researched historical novel that alternates between several timelines. 1911 Clydebank, Scotland where we meet an … Continue reading

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“The secret life of Mrs. London” by Rebecca Rosenberg (spotlight #blogtour)

2018 BEST NEW NOVEL nominee! I’m so happy to be included in the blog tour for the historical novel “The secret life of Mrs. London“. which reveals the love triangle between Houdini, Charmian and Jack London. Only one woman could … Continue reading

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“The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz – Book Review

“An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal crime, the doctor who tends to him, and a woman guarding her long-buried past.”Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a … Continue reading

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“Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce

Set during the London Blitz in 1940-41, you’d expect a dark and dour novel but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  It was a happy/sad book that highlighted the indomitable and resilient spirit of Londoners during the time, yet … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: May 24, 2018 #TBT #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Playing with fire” by Tess Gerritsen for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in October 2015 by Ballantine Books and was, for me, … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Patricia Falvey

For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years.  It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable characters. “Indeed, … Continue reading

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“How to stop time” by Matt Haig

“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As … Continue reading

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