HNR Issue 59 (February 2012)

Cross My Heart

By Sasha Gould - Published 2012


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

Venice, 1585. Confined to a convent for the six years since her mother’s death, 16-year-old Laura lives for her memories of her happy ...Read Review

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

By Tony Horwitz - Published 2011



With his raid and subsequent hanging in 1859, John Brown was despised as a madman in the South and revered as a patriot in ...Read Review

A Play of Heresy

By Margaret Frazer - Published 2011



During the reign of Henry VI, Joliffe the Player returns to his travelling troupe as they prepare to assist the citizens of Coventry ...Read Review

The Gates of Troy

By Glyn Iliffe - Published 2011



Upon reading the back blurb, my husband quipped, “Another book about that guy.” Here comes Wise Odysseus again, this time in the lead-up ...Read Review

The Journey of Anders Sparrman

By Per Wästberg - By Tom Geddes (trans.) - Published 2011


Biographical Fiction

The Journey of Anders Sparrman is a biographical novel of the life of the 18th-century naturalist, explorer, and physician. The narrative begins in ...Read Review

An Affair with Mr. Kennedy

By Jillian Stone - Published 2012



In her debut historical romance, Jillian Stone takes us to Victorian England and Scotland Yard. Cassandra St. Cloud, a young widow, rents a ...Read Review

A Dublin Student Doctor: An Irish Country Novel

By Patrick Taylor - Published 2011


Taylor has a loyal fan base, and it’s easy to see why with this lovely, easygoing story about a medical student in 1930...Read Review

Ireland: A History

By Thomas Bartlett - Published 2010



Irish history is often fragmented into single-period studies – examinations of early Christian Ireland, treatments of the Protestant Ascendancy, narratives of the Easter Rising ...Read Review

An American Betrayal: Cherokee Patriots and the Trail of Tears

By Daniel Blake Smith - Published 2011



Many readers interested in Native American history may already know much about the infamous Trail of Tears suffered by the Cherokees in the 19...Read Review

Cowboy Come Home

By Janette Kenny - Published 2011



In west Texas in 1895, Daisy Barton is struggling to run her ranch in the midst of a drought after her father’s death. ...Read Review