Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Doll Factory

By Elizabeth Macneal - Published 2019

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Iris paints porcelain faces, ‘threads hair through the holes in the scalp, sometimes curls it with irons heated in the coals,’ in Mrs ...Read Review

Daughters of Northern Shores (A Blackbird Mountain Novel)

By Joanne Bischof - Published 2019

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InspirationalSaga

Meet the Norgaard family of rural Appalachia in the late 1800s: Norwegian immigrants who are devout and tough people.  Thor, who is deaf, ...Read Review

The Island of Sea Women

By Lisa See - Published 2019

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Literary

Life for women in Jeju, a remote Korean island, is very different than in other places. Here women are the breadwinners, working outside ...Read Review

Who Slays the Wicked (Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery Book 14)

By C.S. Harris - Published 2019

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Mystery/Crime

At one time, Sebastian St. Cyr, himself, had been hunted for crimes he did not commit. Now, however, on a spring day in 1814, ...Read Review

House of Glass

By Susan Fletcher - Published 2018

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Clara Waterfield grew up in the early years of the 20th century with the rare medical condition of having extraordinarily delicate bones, liable ...Read Review

The Office of Gardens and Ponds

By Didier Decoin - Published 2019

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Literary

Set in Heian Japan, the book gives us two startlingly opposed worldviews – the imperial court is described in all its effete, rigid, exquisite ...Read Review

Sarah’s War

By Eugenia Lovett West - Published 2019

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In 1777 an embryonic America is fighting a seemingly doomed battle for its existence. Seventeen-year-old fervent patriot Sarah Champion is sent from her Connecticut ...Read Review

Feast Your Eyes

By Myla Goldberg - Published 2019

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Literary

Lillian Preston is a woman driven to capture her unique world vision through the lens of her camera. In 1953, the seventeen-year old abandons ...Read Review

Gum Moon: A Novel of San Francisco Chinatown

By Jeffrey L Staley - Published 2018

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Gum Moon, Cantonese for ‘Golden Gate,’ indicates the setting for most of this illuminating novel about the slavery of Chinese girls in San ...Read Review

The Parisians

By Marius Gabriel - Published 2019

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In Paris on the eve of the Nazi invasion, the Ritz Hotel is the center of life for the rich and famous and ...Read Review