20th Century

The Murmur of Bees

By Simon Bruni (trans.) - By Sofía Segovia - Published 2019



From his birth in 1910, it is clear there is something unusual about Simonopio Morales. It isn’t just the birth defect which disfigures ...Read Review

Castle Macnab: Richard Hannay Returns

By Robert J. Harris - Published 2018



This is the second in a series of books by Robert J Harris which pay homage to the classic adventure stories of John ...Read Review

A Death in Chelsea (Mayfair 100 series)

By Lynn Brittney - Published 2019



This is the second in the Mayfair 100 series. (The first, Murder in Belgravia, I reviewed for HNR 86 as an online review.) July 1915: Chief ...Read Review

Martyrs, Heroes, and Fools

By John Wells - Published 2018



Martyrs, Heroes and Fools tells the WWII story of the battle for Okinawa as seen from Japanese and Okinawan viewpoints. Takeo is a ...Read Review

Old Baggage

By Lissa Evans - Published 2018Published 2019


The golden, but flawed burden of the memories we carry with us from youth is the subject of Lissa Evans’ beautiful novel, which ...Read Review

American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt

By Stephanie Marie Thornton - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

Alice Roosevelt Longworth—the name itself is enough to capture the attention of readers interested in fictional biographies. Thornton’s gem of a ...Read Review

The Things We Cannot Say

By Kelly Rimmer - Published 2019


Straddling the past and the present, The Things We Cannot Say is a mesmerizing tale of family, memory, forgiveness, and unconditional love, but ...Read Review

Loving Liberty Levine

By Colin Falconer - Published 2019


Sarah Levine has what she calls “bad” thoughts about stealing the children of her relatives. In the early 1900s, her husband Micah decides ...Read Review

Annaliese, Sound and True

By Lindy Keane Carter - Published 2018


Annaliese Stregal is newly widowed in the first years of the 20th century, left with her husband’s lumber company, two young children ...Read Review

Tomorrow’s Bread

By Anna Jean Mayhew - Published 2019


The black neighborhood of Brooklyn in Charlotte, North Carolina, has received a death sentence from city planners. Its churches, restaurants, schools, theaters, and ...Read Review