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By Patricia Morrisroe -
This is a fictional biography of Countess Giulietta (Julie) Guicciardi, to whom Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata was dedicated in 1802. Little is known about ...Read Review
By Susan Andersen -
Around the turn of the 20th century, an eleven-year-old red-headed orphan arrives in a small town, and her irrepressible curiosity and outspokenness shake ...Read Review
By Cara Black -
Cara Black, best known for the Aimée Leduc mystery series, has given us an exciting, fast-paced World War II thriller in Three ...Read Review
By Anne Enright -
In Enright’s drily humorous and spare prose, she brings to life the fictional actress, Katherine O’Dell, through the eyes of her ...Read Review
By Laura Marks -
In late 19th-century New York City, during the heyday of spiritualist seances, fourteen-year-old Daphne is filled with rage caused by the sudden death ...Read Review
By Laura Purcell -
Set in the city of Bath in the 19th century, The Shape of Darkness is a wonderfully tangled Gothic tale. It features Agnes, ...Read Review
By Kei Kianpoor -
In approximately 600 BCE, King Astyages of Media dreams that his daughter’s newborn son will dethrone him and dominate the world. The fearful ...Read Review
By Rory Clements -
1942. The King’s brother, Prince George, Duke of Kent, is killed in a mysterious air crash in the north of Scotland, but was ...Read Review
By Stacie Murphy -
Gilded Age New York City is a world of possibilities—one woman’s oyster, another’s fraught with danger. Amelia Matthew’s subtle ...Read Review
By Jacqueline Seewald -
In this near-the-Highlands romance, set in 1746, young Frenchwoman Madeleine de Marnay is a 17-year-old who falls inexplicably in love with 28-year-old Colonel Gareth ...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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