Editors' Choice


By Rory Clements - Published 2019



This novel is the third in a series featuring the Cambridge history professor Tom Wilde, the first two being Corpus (reviewed in HNR 80) ...Read Review

The Last Thing You Surrender

By Jr. - By Leonard Pitts. - Published 2019



Private George Simon of Mobile, Alabama, is introduced to war in 1942 when his ship is attacked at Pearl Harbor. Badly injured and trapped ...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 Summer Country

By Lauren Willig - Published 2019



In The Summer Country, Lauren Willig transports readers to 19th-century Barbados with two alternating storylines. Emily Dawson, a vicar’s daughter, arrives in ...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

The Road Beyond Ruin

By Gemma Liviero - Published 2019


Germany’s surrender to the Allies in May 1945 ended World War II, but Europe’s suffering is scarcely abated. Stefano, a scarred Italian ...Read Review

Friends Call Me Bat (Five Star Western)

By Paul Colt - Published 2019



In 1919, William Barclay “Bat” Masterson is a slightly plump, older, gray-haired NYC sportswriter who covers boxing. Bat is sought out by younger newsman ...Read Review

Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel

By Louis Bayard - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

Two visitors arrive in Springfield, Illinois, in 1839: an aristocratic Kentucky belle with politics in her lineage, and a backwoods lawyer, Kentuckian by birth, ...Read Review


By Liz McSkeane - Published 2018


In 17th-century Spain, Fray Martin de Sepulveda is living in relative obscurity after a scandal nearly brought him unwanted attention from the Inquisition. ...Read Review

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