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Historical Novels Review | Issue 92, May 2020
By Allison Montclair -
Brava! Brava! Bravissima! That’s one big cheer for each of two delightful main characters, Iris Sparks and Gwendolyn Bainbridge, and an even ...Read Review
By Deborah Burrows -
January 1942, freezing blacked-out mid-Blitz London where under leaden skies and German bombs, amongst the debris and the ruins, conflict reigns between Britain and “...Read Review
By Andrew Taylor -
When a British intelligence officer is murdered by the Gestapo in 1939, an eccentric English businessman, Alfred Kendall, is recruited for a minor assignment ...Read Review
By Susan Anne Mason -
In 1919 Derbyshire, England, Quinten Aspinall, a returnee from WWI, stands valet-like before the Earl of Brentwood. Quinten is requesting a leave of absence, ...Read Review
By Mariah Fredericks -
Jane Prescott enjoys her duties as lady’s maid to Louise Tyler, a newly married New York society lady in 1913. The entertainments available ...Read Review
By Camille Di Maio -
By all accounts, Emma Koehler was an extraordinary woman. A prominent figure in the history of San Antonio, Texas, she was a German ...Read Review
By Alex George -
On a hot summer day in 1927, four unconnected Parisians live their lives. By the end of this day, their stories will have altered, ...Read Review
By Nathaniel Lande -
Max Mueller has been serenaded by the finest music since birth, for his Berlin-born father is the lionized conductor of Prague’s symphony ...Read Review
By Jill McCroskey Coupe -
In Knoxville, Tennessee, in the mid-South in 1951, Hanna and Gail grow up as near twins in a middle class household. That is, they ...Read Review
By Javier Cercas -
Lord of All the Dead is a curious book. Labeled as a “nonfiction novel,” it opens with the enigmatic sentence, “His name was ...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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