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By Madeline Hunter -
Daniel St. John is “the seducer,” a French shipping merchant doing business in England. Because of his wealth, Daniel is accepted on a ...Read Review
By P.B. Ryan -
Nell Sweeney becomes governess to a Boston Brahmin family early in this mystery, which is set several years after the end of the ...Read Review
By Patricia Cornelius -
This short book is a memorable portrait of a dysfunctional family in post-WWII Australia. Flashbacks reveal Jack Wheatly’s traumatic childhood – his mother ...Read Review
By Dennis Lehane -
This fast-paced and smartly plotted psychological thriller is set in 1954 on the grounds of the Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. The book ...Read Review
By Larry Watson -
Set in 1953, Larry Watson’s Orchard depicts the newly altered lives of Henry and Sonja House. The sudden death of their young son ...Read Review
By Michael Evans -
In this fascinating study, Evans traces the dramatic stories of the royal deaths of kings from Harold at Hastings to Richard III at ...Read Review
By Gerald Lund -
The final installment of Lund’s trilogy, Behold the Man returns to the tumultuous times of the final days of Jesus Christ. Again, ...Read Review
By Steven M. Best -
This U.S. Civil War novel is based on true stories of the author’s ancestors. Socrates Best, the black sheep of the ...Read Review
By Jenna Kernan -
Kernan’s debut novel is hampered by an annoying heroine, a not-so-heroic hero, and poor writing. In 1835, after a winter in the Rocky ...Read Review
By Barbara Scrupski -
In 19th century Russia, Countess Alexandra Korvin has been left destitute after the death of her father. Believing she will not survive as ...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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