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By Jean Mary Flahive -
This is a fictionalized account inspired by the life of the true Billy Laird, the only American Civil War soldier from the state ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Chadwick -
John FitzGilbert is King’s Marshal to Henry I. His duties are many, including responsibility for the good administration of the court, organising ...Read Review
By Denis Lépée - By Sue Dyson (trans.) - By Yves Jégo -
Orphaned Gabriel de Pontbriand has fled the stifling conformity of the country life his uncle has planned for him for the flesh pots ...Read Review
By Peter Smalley -
Smalley has been hailed as the heir to those great writers of naval historical fiction, Patrick O’Brian and C.S. Forester. I ...Read Review
By Loretta Chase -
After her bitter and high-profile society divorce, Francesca Bonnard took revenge on her husband by making herself the most notorious and sought-after courtesan ...Read Review
By Graham Ison -
This is a most enjoyable police procedural, fast paced and easy to follow, an expert piece with a clever subtlety reminiscent of Sherlock ...Read Review
By Judith Pella -
It’s 1882, and Maggie Newcomb, just turned eighteen, is determined to win handsome Colby Stoddard for her husband—if, that is, she can ...Read Review
By Cheryl Morgan (trans.) - By Lluís-Anton Baulenas -
Awarded the highest prize in Catalan letters, the Ramon Llull Prize, this somber novel, first published in Spain, tells a tale in the ...Read Review
By Kate Furnivall -
Published 2008 (UK)Published 2008 (US)
The Red Scarf is an epic tale of survival and hope in Stalinist Russia. It is 1933, and Sofia and Anna have already been ...Read Review
By Gwen Kirkwood -
This novel continues the Pringle family saga set within the farming community near Lockerbie in the Scottish Highlands. Every member of the clan ...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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