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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Alan Fisk -
In 1544, Duke Cosimo de’ Medici of Florence commissioned the artist Bronzino to paint a gift for King François I of France. The ...Read Review
By Anna Abney -
1665: Charles II has returned from exile and is now king, but the Civil War still casts its long, dark shadow, intensified by the ...Read Review
By Mimi Matthews -
In 1843, John Eyre leaves his position as a schoolmaster in Lowton, England, to become a private tutor for a pair of young boys ...Read Review
By Colson Whitehead -
In 1960s Harlem, Ray Carney owns his own furniture store and is determined to prove himself as an honest businessman, in stark contrast ...Read Review
By Melodie Winawer -
“Anticipation” often implies hopeful expectation but here refers to the Huntington’s disease (HD) gene, discernible in one generation, anticipated in the next. ...Read Review
By John Fletcher -
No, this is not a hastily written novel about Covid-19. It is a big, sprawling, angry novel that was started well before the ...Read Review
By Juhea Kim -
This beautiful book follows the lives of a girl named Jade, who is sold at the age of ten as an apprentice to ...Read Review
By Katie Hutton -
The eponymous Harmony Loveridge, “Harry” to her family, friends and others who are neither, is raised on a farm in Kent by loving ...Read Review
By Anneka R. Walker - By Josi S. Kilpack - By Sarah L. McConkie -
Set in England in the early 1800s, this collection contains three romantic Christmas tales of about a hundred pages each. Each story involves ...Read Review
By Paula Brackston -
This delightful fourth book in Brackston’s Found Things series picks up where the last, The Garden of Promises and Lies, ended. Xanthe, ...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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