17th Century

I, Coriander

By Sally Gardner - Published 2005


Children/Young AdultFantasy

Sally Gardner delightfully draws the reader into this historical fiction/fantasy novel with her main character, Coriander Hobie, stating, “I have a great ...Read Review

The Minister’s Daughter

By Julie Hearn - Published 2005


Children/Young Adult

Young Nell the merrybegot converses with piskies and fairies. Her grandmother, the healer and midwife in their English village, fosters her connection to ...Read Review

Strange Saint

By Andrew Beahrs - Published 2005



This is the author’s first novel. He effectively uses accounts of the old Plymouth Colony to portray life in a congregation of ...Read Review

Island Wilderness: Imagining the Early Years of Martha’s Vineyard

By Christopher Burns - Published 2005


Biographical Fiction

In June of 1671, Governor Thomas Mayhew was sole proprietor of Martha’s Vineyard. When Island Wilderness begins, he has ruled for twenty-nine years. ...Read Review

Angel and Apostle

By Deborah Noyes - Published 2005



At the close of The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne speaks of the angel and apostle as a woman of beauty and purity who ...Read Review

Emilie’s Voice

By Susanne Dunlap - Published 2005



Émilie is content to sit in her father’s atelier, singing to him as he crafts his violins and cellos. When a composer ...Read Review

A Bride Most Begrudging

By Deeanne Gist - Published 2005



In the 17th century, women were indentured as “tobacco brides” to Virginia farmers. Lady Constance Morrow boards a shallop to say goodbye to ...Read Review

Earthly Joys

By Philippa Gregory - Published 2005



John Tradescant designs gardens for Sir Robert Cecil as James I takes the throne of England. Through these lofty connections, Tradescant is able ...Read Review

Captain Alatriste

By Arturo Pérez-Reverte - Published 2005



The story (pub. 1996 in Spanish) is “the adventure of masked men and two Englishmen,” a superbly told tale set in 17th century Madrid. ...Read Review

The Cardinal’s Heir

By Jaki Demarest - Published 2005



The infamous Cardinal Richelieu is dead, poisoned by one of his many enemies. But who? Long the defender of France and its monarchy, ...Read Review