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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Paul Harding -
In 1793, when Benjamin Honey, a former slave, and his wife Patience, an Irish immigrant, arrived at an abandoned Penobscot island off the coast ...Read Review
By Alison Morton -
This is a stunning historical novel set in the 4th century. Julia, the daughter of the ruler of the provincial town of Virunum, ...Read Review
By Molly Greeley -
Before the much-loved tale of Beauty and the Beast came the actual life of Petrus Gonsalvus, who was brought from the Canary Islands ...Read Review
By Lesa Cline-Ransome -
Wow, wow, wow! This is one powerful book. If you thought you knew from history class about the Jim Crow conditions African Americans ...Read Review
By Anthony Quinn -
This book takes its name from a picture of his two daughters made by the 18th-century painter William Merrymount. The other daughter in ...Read Review
By Fiona McFarlane -
A six-year-old boy disappears from his family farm during a dust storm in late 19th-century South Australia, and the community rallies to the ...Read Review
By Chris Lloyd -
Paris, 1940. The Germans have occupied the city. First-person narrator, Eddie Giral, is an intelligent, sensitive police inspector who describes his situation as “a ...Read Review
By Sadeqa Johnson -
The House of Eve explores culture, class, and the sometimes-heartbreaking complications of motherhood within the contrasting worlds of Black families in Washington, DC, ...Read Review
By Lee Martin -
The Glassmaker’s Wife is a novel of murder by arsenic, an illicit paramour, religious zealots, bewitched cows, and revenge. The murder is ...Read Review
By John Cribb -
Abraham Lincoln’s father is worried that his 17-year-old son is heading down the wrong path, fooling around with more education than he ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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