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By Marilynne Robinson -
A very few novelists create worlds—palpable, mappable, 3-D, unique as a scent. Marilynne Robinson’s fictional Gilead, Iowa, is such a world, ...Read Review
By Amanda Dykes -
Set the Stars Alight is a beautiful, intricately woven story of friendship. In London in 2000, Lucy and Dash meet as children and grow ...Read Review
By Maggie O'Farrell -
This is the passionate love story of a glove-maker’s son and Agnes, a wise-woman. It is the tale of an absentee father, ...Read Review
By Zhang Ling -
On the day the Japanese emperor announces his nation’s surrender to the Allied forces, three quite different men, in the unbridled exaltation ...Read Review
By Emma Donoghue -
This novel is set in Dublin during the Halloween of 1918. Nurse Julia Power finds herself solely in charge of a temporary ward in ...Read Review
By Neil Blackmore -
London 1763, and brothers Edgar and Benjamin Bowen are to embark upon The Grand Tour to mainland Europe. They are close in age, around ...Read Review
By Eric Schumacher -
“Oaths are like iron, Torgil,” whispered my father… “You cannot break them. To do so is to bring shame to you and your ...Read Review
By Sarah M. Eden -
After the death of his brother in the American Revolution, Lucas Jonquil set forth to see the world—or at least Europe. Now ...Read Review
By Antonia Hodgson -
The Silver Collar is the fourth in Antonia Hodgson’s series about Thomas Hawkins and Kitty Sparks. I had read the first – The ...Read Review
By M.R.C. Kasasian -
This is the third in Kasasian’s Betty Church murder mystery series. The not-so-sleepy Suffolk village of Sackwater during World War II is ...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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