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By Amanda Perez Puentes (illus.) - By Kelly Zekas - By Tarun Shanker -
Eighteenth-century England seems like an unlikely time for a woman bare-knuckle boxer to become a celebrity. Alas, that idea would be wrong, as ...Read Review
By Nathan Harris -
Nathan Harris’s debut novel, The Sweetness of Water, reads as though the author has honed his craft for years. The story begins ...Read Review
By Heather B. Moore -
In 1960 in a divided Germany, the Cold War is actually quite hot if one is engaged in espionage. In the late 1950s, Bob ...Read Review
By Pat Barker -
In this immersive read, Pat Barker takes up the threads of her previous book, The Silence of the Girls, continuing the story after ...Read Review
By Kathryn Goodwin Tone -
1775. At thirteen years old, Sam has grown up hearing about the Broad Arrow Laws—laws that reserve all trees suitable for ship masts ...Read Review
By Deirdre Sinnott -
1835: Nineteen-year-old Helen, the new wife of Augustin Galway, has not thought much about slavery until she discovers two escaped slaves hiding in the ...Read Review
By Valerie Fraser Luesse -
After leaving her home in Alabama, Ellie Fields arrives in Bernadette, Louisiana, in 1949 for her new teaching job. The people of this town ...Read Review
By Guinevere Glasfurd -
In April 1815, Mount Tambora erupted on Sunbawa, killing as many as 12,000 islanders. Glasfurd places this eruption, still known as the most lethal in ...Read Review
By Jasmin Darznik -
In her second novel, Darznik presents a shimmering portrait of little-known histories: that of an iconic American photographer, a culture, and a city, ...Read Review
By Andrew Taylor -
Set in London in 1670, The Royal Secret is the fourth of Andrew Taylor’s novels featuring James Marwood and Cat Hakesby. Marwood is ...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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