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By Gail Meath -
Agustina de Aragón tells the story of Agustina Saragossa, a real-life Spanish heroine of the Napoleonic Wars. Agustina, the daughter of a ...Read Review
By Lori McMullen -
Like many Floridians, I have long been a fan of Marjory Stoneman Douglas. I was fortunate enough to review a collection of her ...Read Review
By Vanessa Riley -
It is a truth that should be universally acknowledged, that history is written by the winning side – and traditionally our history has been ...Read Review
By Henye Meyer -
Meyer’s novel is based on the life of a Norman who converted to Judaism in 1102 and took the name of Ovadya. Intelligent, ...Read Review
By Leda Schubert - By Maya Ish-Shalom (illus.) -
Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult
Nathan’s Song was inspired by the author’s grandfather, born in a Jewish shtetl in Russia in the late 1800s. Always singing ...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 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 Stephanie Marie Thornton -
It’s 1963, and the Cold War era. Catherine Gray believes Elizabeth Bentley has killed her mother. She shows up at Elizabeth’s home ...Read Review
By Shana Abe -
Madeleine Force was just seventeen in 1910 when she caught the eye of the famously rich, dashing John Jacob Astor, who was more than ...Read Review
By Niall Leonard -
January 1901: Queen Victoria has died. Plans for her funeral are made by the court, the military, the police, and by assorted anarchists and ...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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