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By Alison Love -
Published 2014Published 2016
The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom is a sweeping novel that explores humanity, family loyalty, and national prejudice in the face of war. ...Read Review
By Margarita Engle -
Fourteen-year-old Mateo is desperate to escape Cuba and an abusive father scarred by the war with Spain. The Americanos are promising extravagant pay ...Read Review
By Desmond Seward -
This is a factual history of the House of Plantagenet from 1147, when Empress Matilda’s son, Henry, landed in Dorset with a few ...Read Review
By Giovanni Anastasi -
Demon Hunter Severian is an exciting tale of mystery and action about Aurelius Severian, a demon hunter who works for the Holy Roman ...Read Review
By Azaria Frost -
We meet Eliana some months after the Babylonians have conquered her city of Nippur. Her sister is on the eve of marrying the ...Read Review
By Jim Burnside -
“By 1909 Hannah’s education has been curtailed. On her last day she plans to daub the bustle of Queen Victoria’s statue in ...Read Review
By Al Campo -
The Funny Thing About War, Al Campo’s big, warm-hearted, and often quite funny debut novel, centers on twenty-two-year-old Chris Columbo, a smart, ...Read Review
By Tim Topps -
Tim Topps is both our narrator and our hero in this post war/cold war ripping yarn style adventure. Called up for National ...Read Review
By Lindy Keane Carter -
The action of Lindy Keane Carter’s deeply impressive debut novel Annaliese From Off starts in relative domestic tranquility: in 1900, young mother, Annaliese ...Read Review
By Rosanne L. Higgins -
Seventeen-year-old Irish immigrant, Ciara Sloane, begins her adventures at the start of Rosanne Higgins’ novel Orphans and Inmates in the teeth of almost ...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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