HNR Issue 91 (February 2020)

Village of Scoundrels

By Margi Preus - Published 2020


Children/Young AdultLiterary

Based on the true story of villagers who saved thousands of Jews during World War II, Village of Scoundrels traces the fortunes and ...Read Review

Carrying Independence (A Founding-Documents Novel)

By Karen A Chase - Published 2019



All Nathaniel needs to collect is six signatures. If he does, he’ll have enough money to court the woman he loves and ...Read Review

Show Me a Sign

By Ann Clare LeZotte - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

This middle-grade historical novel offers a unique setting with a compelling, relatable heroine who faces horrific prejudice while navigating her own biases. Set ...Read Review

Knockfane: A Novel

By Homan Potterton - Published 2019



This is the first novel of Homan Potterton, distinguished Irish art historian and man of letters. The story begins in the 1950s, and ...Read Review

A Fall of Shadows: A Bess Ellyott Mystery

By Nancy Herriman - Published 2019



Bess Ellyott is a widowed herbalist in late-Elizabethan Wiltshire. As historical fiction readers will foresee, this means she’s an easy target for ...Read Review

The Gimmicks: A Novel

By Chris McCormick - Published 2020


In his debut novel, The Gimmicks, Chris McCormick weaves an unusual tale of three Armenians living in the long shadow of the Armenian ...Read Review

The Testament of Leofric the Black: Volume One, 1040-57

By Edward Cartwright Beard - Published 2019



It is 1071, and William the Bastard has taken the Isle of Elig after an 18-month siege. The betrayer is Leofric the Black, or ...Read Review


By John Harvey - Published 2019



As a postgraduate student more than three decades ago I had reason to be grateful to Dr. Harvey for his Victorian Novelists and ...Read Review

The Vinyl Underground

By Rob Rufus - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

In 1968 Ronald Bingham is mourning the death of his brother Bruce in Vietnam. It’s a pain that hangs with him all the ...Read Review

The Borgia Confessions

By Alyssa Palombo - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This is Alyssa Palombo’s fourth novel and, like her first two, this one takes place in Italy. Set during the Renaissance, it ...Read Review