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By Adriana Trigiani -
Matelda Roffo (maiden name Cabrelli) is an 81-year-old matriarch, following generations of Cabrelli gem cutters and goldsmiths in the coastal town of Viareggio, ...Read Review
By Philip K. Allan -
Early in WW2, in order to help Russia with wartime shortages, Britain promised to send them food, ammunition and military equipment. As transport ...Read Review
By Gill Hornby -
The Jane Austen literary industry continues apace, but this is a marvelous addition to the genre—waspish and well-written, with all the incisive ...Read Review
By Damian Dibben -
It is 1510, the height of the Venetian Renaissance. Giorgione Barbarelli—known as Zorzo—is a young painter, fired by ambition but on the ...Read Review
By Alyson Richman -
Focused mostly on New Orleans in 1863 and 1864, this novel follows the lives of people of color during the Civil War. William, a talented ...Read Review
By Vanessa Riley -
Riley brings to life the Haitian Revolution through the lens of its two most important female protagonists in this thrilling and utterly engrossing ...Read Review
By Catherine Hokin -
The Pilot’s Girl is the second book in the Hanni Winter series. While it can be read as a standalone, I would ...Read Review
By Mark Lamprell -
Its 1961 in the outer suburbs of Sydney. Edith Devine moves into a new home with her two daughters and husband, Charlie. As a ...Read Review
By Benjamin Wood -
A novel about architecture, ambition, crime and guilt. It takes place in the early 1950s, and is set mainly on the Surrey farm ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Buchan -
The two women of the title are British expatriates living in Rome; Lottie lives there in the near-present, and Nina lives there in ...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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