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By Sarah Miller -
Readers of Little Women are well aware that Louisa May Alcott based the beloved characters of that classic novel on her own family. ...Read Review
By Emma Seckel -
On a remote Scottish island in 1949, Iain MacTavish and Leigh Welles have returned for different but equally tragic reasons. Iain has survived his ...Read Review
By Laura Anne Gilman -
Gilman, best known for her popular Devil’s West historical fantasy series, which reimagined 19th-century American expansion in a nation where magic exists ...Read Review
By Eva Wong Nava -
In this atmospheric YA novel, Nava traces the plight of the mui tsai (little sisters)—unwanted girls of impoverished parents whose labor is ...Read Review
By Rachael English -
This popular Irish author’s novels often feature young women searching for meaning in their lives by learning about the secrets buried in ...Read Review
By Kimberly Garrett Brown -
Cora, a Black New York City librarian in 1928, is grateful for her stable job and its access to the literary glories of the ...Read Review
By Geraldine Brooks -
Brooks succeeds gloriously at creating a love letter to thoroughbred horses, racing, and the beauties of antebellum Kentucky, and passably well at creating ...Read Review
By Francesca Stanfill -
This weighty, rambling novel will please readers who like traditional medieval epics about damsels in unhappy arranged marriages, as long as they’re ...Read Review
By Angela Jackson-Brown -
In this inspirational romance, Jackson-Brown creates a fascinating dilemma for her heroine: what’s a super-competent, Christian, Black restauranteur to do when the ...Read Review
By Katherine J. Chen -
You might think Joan of Arc’s tale has been told enough times, but this detailed, lived-in portrait puts the legendary historical figure ...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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