18th Century

The Sheep, the Rooster, and the Duck

By Matt Phelan - Published 2022


Children/Young Adult

Writer and illustrator Phelan has taken a true event—the Montgolfier brothers’ first hot air balloon flight in 1783 at Versailles in which three ...Read Review

That Bonesetter Woman

By Frances Quinn - Published 2022


London, 1757, and two very different sisters arrive on the stagecoach from Sussex. Endurance (‘Durie’) is strong and big-boned, while petite Lucinda cherishes acting ...Read Review

Gallows Road

By LIsa Hall Brownell - Published 2022


Set in the Colony of Connecticut in the 1750s and inspired by true events, this is the tale of Mercy Bramble, whose short ...Read Review

The House of Fortune

By Jessie Burton - Published 2022


Amsterdam, 1705: Eighteen years have passed since the events recounted in Burton’s The Miniaturist (2014). In this novel it is Thea Brandt, niece of ...Read Review

Unnatural Creatures: A Novel of the Frankenstein Women

By Kris Waldherr - Published 2022



Worthy of comparison to Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, in Unnatural Creatures, Kris Waldherr moves the lens of the Frankenstein story away ...Read Review

The Great Passion

By James Runcie - Published 2022


Biographical Fiction

For anyone who loves the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, this novel about his composition of the St Matthew Passion for Good Friday, 1727, ...Read Review

The Bookseller of Inverness

By S.G. MacLean - Published 2022



This is S. G. MacLean’s first stand-alone novel since her popular Damian Seeker series. In 1745, Jacobite Iain MacGillivray is left for dead ...Read Review

Scattered Seed

By Francine Thomas Howard - Published 2022


Three young women of Bambara nobility are sent to spend the summer of 1706 along the banks of the Niger river. When their camp ...Read Review

The Lizzie and Belle Mysteries: Drama and Danger

By Joanna Williams - Published 2022


Children/Young AdultMystery/Crime

In the prologue to this middle-grade mystery, twelve-year-old Lizzie is told an African proverb by her wise mother: give voice to the lions, ...Read Review

The Hidden Saint

By Mark Levenson - Published 2022


Historical Fantasy

Rabbi Adam’s family has been attacked by the supernatural. In his most desperate hour, he comes across an unfamiliar book. He uses ...Read Review