The Tea Planter’s Wife

By Dinah Jefferies - Published 2015Published 2016Published 2016-09-13


Gwendolyn Hooper is newly married to a tea plantation owner and is keen to join him in Ceylon. She seems at ease with ...Read Review

The Mapmaker’s Children

By Sarah McCoy - Published 2015


This story takes place (most of the time) in New Charlestown, West Virginia during two different centuries tied together by a vintage doll’...Read Review

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

By Erik Larson - Published 2015



Everyone has been taught that the sinking of the merchant liner R.M.S. Lusitania drove the United States of America to enter ...Read Review

The New World

By Andrew Motion - Published 2014Published 2015Published 2015-07-14



This is a sequel to the former Poet Laureate’s own sequel to RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island. This was titled Silver (reviewed ...Read Review

The Woman Who Would Be King: Hatshepsut’s Rise to Power in Ancient Egypt

By Kara Cooney - Published 2014



This biography of Hatshepsut, the female pharaoh whose successors attempted to erase her from the historical record, charts a rise from king’s ...Read Review

The Barefoot Queen

By Ildefonso Falcones - By Mara Faye Lethem (trans.) - Published 2014


The Barefoot Queen brings to life a little-told story: the saga of the Spanish gypsies in 18th-century Bourbon Spain, their culture, and their ...Read Review

The Road to Middlemarch

By Rebecca Mead - Published 2014



George Eliot published her novel Middlemarch some forty years after the period of time it describes (1830-1832), so it might just have qualified ...Read Review

I Shall Be Near to You

By Erin Lindsay McCabe - Published 2014


More than 250 women are known to have disguised themselves to serve as soldiers in the Civil War. Some did it for love, some ...Read Review

A Study in Revenge

By Kieran Shields - Published 2013



1893, Portland, Maine. Deputy Marshal Archie Lean is called to investigate a burned body and strange occult symbols in an abandoned house. Even stranger ...Read Review

My Last Empress

By Da Chen - Published 2012



Samuel Pickens is a precocious young man at the beginning of this novel that spans life in Connecticut and China in the late 19...Read Review