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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Sarah Miller -
Readers of Little Women are well aware that Louisa May Alcott based the beloved characters of that classic novel on her own family. ...Read Review
By Graeme Macrae Burnet -
An author researching a notorious and now-forgotten British psychotherapist unexpectedly receives a series of notebooks written by a former patient. Thus begins Graeme ...Read Review
By Natalie Haynes -
Most of us know something about the ancient Greek myth of Perseus slaying Medusa and making off with her head. The gaze of ...Read Review
By Maggie O'Farrell -
Maggie O’Farrell follows her award-winning Hamnet with another touching tragedy of a young life cut short. Lucrezia de’ Medici is 15 when, upon ...Read Review
By Barbara Mujica -
Stories of two different but equally engaging women intertwine in Mujica’s superb historical novel portraying the life of film star Dolores del ...Read Review
By A.K. Kulshreshth -
In 2005 Singapore, the elderly Ah Ding is making a precarious living selling packets of tissues in one of modern Singapore’s steel and ...Read Review
By Penny Thorpe -
Autumn 1938, and unease about a possible war is spreading among the workers of Mackintosh’s chocolate factory in Halifax, Yorkshire, especially as some ...Read Review
By Nancy Cole Silverman -
In Phoenix, Arizona, in 1996, Kate is summoned by her WWII veteran father, Steve, and shown a piece of an airplane’s aluminum skin ...Read Review
By Amita Parikh -
The World of Wonders circus and the train that carries it through Europe is the only world Lena has known. Raised by her ...Read Review
By Beverly Lewis -
Beverly Lewis continues to impress with thoughtful journeys and gentle romance in her latest novel, The Orchard. In this mid-20th century tale, ...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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