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By Sharon Kay Penman -
It is 1193. Richard, King of England, is being held prisoner by the Holy Roman Emperor, leaving his mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, to come ...Read Review
By James Spencer -
Originally written as a sequence of short stories, this novel follows the WWII Pacific theatre service of Steve Larkin, a P-38 Lightning pilot, ...Read Review
By Bruce Alexander -
This ninth novel in Bruce Alexander’s critically acclaimed series featuring Sir John Fielding, a blind-eighteenth-century London judge, and his young assistant deserves ...Read Review
By Sharon Kay Penman -
A new Penman novel is always cause for celebration. To many, her story will be familiar, but Penman has the gift of presenting ...Read Review
By Robert B. Parker -
Best known for his Spenser detective series, Robert Parker changes his focus from a private eye in contemporary Boston to a late 19th ...Read Review
By Karen Joy Fowler -
In Gilded Age San Francisco, Lizzie Hayes is a volunteer for the Ladies’ Relief and Protection Society. A plain spinster of forty, she’...Read Review
By Amy Tan -
No writer navigates the emotional terrain of family relationships – particularly mother-daughter relationships – better than Amy Tan. She writes of mature relationships laden with ...Read Review
By John Altman -
In 1933, Katarina Heinrich murders a co-worker and assumes her identity and her job as a professor’s housekeeper. By the time her employer ...Read Review
By Simone Zelitch -
At the end of WWII, Nora Graz, a refugee in the newly formed State of Israel, reflects on her life in Budapest before ...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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