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By Angela Petch -
In 1947, war hero Richard Moorhead receives an invitation to attend a community celebration in Corbello, Tuscany. Although a pacifist, he had worked with ...Read Review
By Colleen Nelson -
Frankie lives the life of a teenage outcast, someone who finds it difficult to trust others. And why not? Born with a rare ...Read Review
By Kaja Kajfez (illus.) - By Yona Zeldis McDonough -
When a Russian pogrom burns her father’s woodcarving shop, twelve-year-old Batya’s family decides to move to America. Mama, Papa, Batya, older ...Read Review
By Fiona Valpy -
In 1941, thirteen-year-old Josie, her sister, and parents, fearing Nazi atrocities on Jewish families, flee Paris for the relative safety of Vichy France in ...Read Review
By Alison Booth -
The painting at the centre of this novel is a family heirloom which Anika brought to Australia when she fled from Hungary before ...Read Review
By Michaela Carter -
Set in France during WW2, Leonora in the Morning Light is a novel about Leonora Carrington and Max Ernst, two important figures in ...Read Review
By Liz Trenow -
In 2019, 84-year-old Molly Goddard is forced to turn her memories back to the time when she, her father, and brother Jimmy first arrived ...Read Review
By Georgie Blalock -
When we first meet Valerie de Vere Cole, she is living the “poor little rich girl” lifestyle. The real-life daughter of disgraced society ...Read Review
By Hilary Hauck -
Twenty-two-year-old Pietro’s life gets upended by a disease that destroys all the vineyards in northern Italy. Then his beloved music-teacher grandfather suddenly ...Read Review
By Isobel Blackthorn -
Emma is nursing Adele, a wealthy elderly woman, in her English summer home just as World War II is breaking. Adele is interested ...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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