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By Jane Jackson -
Published 2001Published 2013
Cornwall, 1795. Melissa Tregonning, unconventional, beautiful but too tall for her time, tries to save her late father’s boatyard, which is encumbered by ...Read Review
By C.L. Grace -
It is 1471. Kathryn Swinbrooke, an accomplished physician, is asked to investigate a recent plague of rats in Canterbury. But Kathryn is not in ...Read Review
By T.F. Banks -
In June 1815, as Wellington’s army faces down the French somewhere in Belgium, in London the officers of Bow Street wage war against ...Read Review
By Dan O’Brien -
As an old man on the eve of WWII, Valentine McGillycuddy remembers an earlier conflict when he served as contract surgeon in the ...Read Review
By Marita Conlon-McKenna -
How awful would it be to be an unwed mother in Ireland in the 1950s? According to Marita Conlon-McKenna, it would be awful ...Read Review
By Laurie R. King -
King’s sixth Russell/Holmes mystery involves the couple in the travails of friends from an earlier volume in the series (O Jerusalem), ...Read Review
By Robert Penn Warren -
The most important thing about this “restored” edition of Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of 1946 is that it stands up very well ...Read Review
By Nick Hazlewood -
In 1830, Robert Fitzroy, commander of the Beagle, took on board his ship a young native from Tierra del Fuego, later called Jemmy Button. ...Read Review
By Jane Kirkpatrick -
In this novel, second in a trilogy after All Together In One Place, a number of independent women seek to make their way ...Read Review
By Adria Bernardi -
Three artists weave the fabric of sixteenth century Italian artistic life in Bernardi’s intriguing novel: Bartolomeo, a peasant farmer who collects shards ...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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