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By Lee Smith -
Lee Smith is a talented novelist who has written an absorbing novel of the post-Civil War South. Molly Petree is an orphan living ...Read Review
By Edna O'Brien -
The novel opens in the latter half of the 20th century. Dilly, bedridden in a small rural Irish hospital, reminisces about her past ...Read Review
By Lalita Tademy -
Published 2006 (UK)Published 2007 (US)
“This is not a story to go down easy, and the backwash still got hold of us today. The history of a family. ...Read Review
By Alice Hoffman -
Encaleflora, a tiny village in Spain, has been home for the deMadrigal family for over five hundred years. Estrella, sixteen and on the ...Read Review
By Bernard Knight -
AD 1195. ‘Crowner John’ – otherwise the splendidly-named Sir John de Wolfe, black-haired and frequently bad tempered – is confronted by an abandoned ship and ...Read Review
By K. L. Cook -
It is New Year’s Eve, 1959. Almost 16-year-old Laura Tate, her father, and her three brothers have been trying to make a ...Read Review
By Alice Greenway -
Some “literary” novels contain rich, descriptive language that might be enjoyable to read but has no real bearing on the story they ...Read Review
By Deryn Lake -
When newly widowed John Rawlings and his daughter Rose are invited to accompany Elizabeth di Lorenzi to Helstone for the annual Floral (...Read Review
By Sena Jeter Naslund -
The author of the bestselling Ahab’s Wife, Sena Jeter Naslund takes on a true historical figure this time, in Abundance, an ...Read Review
By Peter Behrens -
Life burns hot in The Law of Dreams, an exceptional novel about a young man’s struggle for survival during the Irish potato ...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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