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By Polly Samson -
In 1960 the Greek island of Hydra hosted a community of writers and artists, including George Johnston and Charmian Clift, Leonard Cohen, his muse ...Read Review
By Kaitlyn Greenidge -
On the surface, Libertie is a coming-of-age novel. Libertie Sampson, free-born, dark Black daughter of the much lighter and more self-assured Dr. Catherine ...Read Review
By Que Mai Phan Nguyen -
This was a difficult book to read with the world as we know it being torn apart by the Corona virus, but it ...Read Review
By Tim Mason -
On a hot June day in 1860, someone shoots at Queen Victoria and Prince Albert riding in their carriage. A young pickpocket lies nearby, ...Read Review
By Michael Parker -
Set between the wars, Elise Stewart is a fifteen-year-old dreamer living on the rough Oklahoma prairie with her down-to-earth sister Lorena, 17, who is ...Read Review
By Louis Bayard -
Two visitors arrive in Springfield, Illinois, in 1839: an aristocratic Kentucky belle with politics in her lineage, and a backwoods lawyer, Kentuckian by birth, ...Read Review
By B.A. Shapiro -
This compelling novel encompasses romance, betrayal, fraud, and manipulation in the world of fine art during the early 20th century. The novel’s ...Read Review
By Betsy Carter -
Betsy Carter has written a charming book set at Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida in the early 1970s, though the gentle story feels ...Read Review
By Ingrid Hill -
Published 2004Published 2005
Ursula Wong is the title character in Ursula, Under. She is an endearing, precocious two-and-a-half year-old, half Chinese-American, half Finnish-American only child. On ...Read Review
By Joan Druett -
In 1841 the whaleship Sharon sails out of Massachusetts for the rich hunting grounds of the South Pacific. Halfway through the voyage, Captain Howes ...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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