19th Century

Shaka the Great

By Walton Golightly - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

A weighty tome like this is usually a blessing for me, the bigger the better, but sadly this was not the case with ...Read Review


By Carrie Lofty - Published 2011



Lofty moves from medieval to Victorian romance in this first in a series about the Christie siblings. Lady Vivienne Bancroft is trapped in ...Read Review

A Good Man

By Guy Vanderhaeghe - Published 2012



In the 1870s, the resistance of the Plains Indians to the inexorable advance of the United States was coming to its tragic and ...Read Review

May B.

By Caroline Rose Starr - Published 2012


Children/Young AdultWestern

Twelve-year-old Mavis Elizabeth Betterly (May B.) is a Kansas prairie pioneer girl, whose parents send her to a neighboring homestead to help out – “...Read Review


By Ted York - Published 2011


This is a large book and looks, in my opinion, professionally produced. It is a very readable book but what lets it down ...Read Review

Leah and the Bounty Hunter

By Elaine Levine - Published 2011



1868. Leah Morgan has become an expert at hiding her femininity beneath the boy’s clothes she wears. To survive in her brutal, corrupt ...Read Review

The Printmaker’s Daughter

By Katherine Govier - Published 2010Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

Readers will cherish this story and not soon forget the daughter of Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1839). The famous painter of The Great Wave had ...Read Review

The Ballad of Tom Dooley

By Sharyn McCrumb - Published 2011



Before reading Sharyn McCrumb’s new novel, all I knew of Tom Dooley came from the famous Kingston Trio song; I didn’t ...Read Review

The Butterflies Are Free

By Anne-Marie Vukelic - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

The Butterflies are Free, a quotation from Bleak House, is the title of Vukelic’s excellent new novel about Charles Dickens. Set against ...Read Review

Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress

By Brad Asher - Published 2011



This book tells the true story of the bond between Cecelia Reynolds, who escaped from slavery in 1846, and Fanny Thruston, who owned her. ...Read Review