Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

From the Ashes

By Melissa Addey - Published 2021


In 79 AD Pompeii, a slave and scribe, Althea, is offered to Marcus, a former soldier, and operator of the amphitheater. Althea’s master ...Read Review

Libertie: A Novel

By Kaitlyn Greenidge - Published 2021


On the surface, Libertie is a coming-of-age novel. Libertie Sampson, free-born, dark Black daughter of the much lighter and more self-assured Dr. Catherine ...Read Review

The Personal Librarian

By Marie Benedict - By Victoria Christopher Murray - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Marie Benedict’s historical novels have been entertaining and educating historical fiction readers for years, and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray has penned ...Read Review

Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife (Six Tudor Queens 6)

By Alison Weir - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Chronicling Katharine Parr’s life from her first marriage through to the end of her fourth is a huge accomplishment. Through Katharine’s ...Read Review

Angel of Greenwood

By Randi Pink - Published 2021


Children/Young Adult

Angel Hill and Isaiah Wilson have grown up in the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, the prosperous Black community known until summer 1921 as “...Read Review

Letters from Johnny

By Wayne Ng - Published 2021



In 1970, 11-year-old Johnny Wong lives in a Toronto tenement with his Chinese mother. Mother speaks little English and at times works two jobs, ...Read Review

Forget Russia

By L. Bordetsky-Williams - Published 2020


Forget Russia is a luminous look at Russia in the 20th century through the lens of one Jewish woman and her granddaughter. The ...Read Review

A Fatal First Night (An Ella Shane Mystery)

By Kathleen Marple Kalb - Published 2021



This is the second book in Kalb’s series of mysteries set in 1890s New York, featuring opera singer Ella Shane, a mezzo-soprano ...Read Review

The Prophet (A Tabitha Hart Mystery 2)

By Martine Bailey - Published 2021



The story of Tabitha and Nathaniel de Vallory, which began in The Almanack, continues in this mystery set in the Cheshire countryside. It ...Read Review

The Raider Bride

By Johanna Wittenberg - Published 2021


Norway, 822 AD. Ragnhild fought a war to avoid being married off by her father like a peace cow to an Irish king. After ...Read Review