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By Laurie Lico Albanese -
In 1829, 19-year-old Isobel Gamble emigrates from Scotland to Salem, Massachusetts, with a tyrannical husband who’s ruined his apothecary practice through an opium ...Read Review
By Marianne Wiggins -
In this sprawling, beautifully written but oddly constructed novel, World War II tests an individualistic, self-reliant California family in unexpected ways. Rockwell “Rocky” ...Read Review
By Lucy Jago -
London, 1609. Anne Turner, seamstress and mother of six with a much older husband and heavy debts, can’t believe her luck when she’...Read Review
By Taylor Brown -
In the 1930s, daredevil pilot Zeno Marigold and his equally fearless wife, Della, barnstorm around rural Georgia for nickels and dimes in their ...Read Review
By Jenny Tinghui Zhang -
Despite being named for a tragic heroine of legend, Daiyu has a happy childhood in 1880s China. Growing up in a fishing village, ...Read Review
By T. Jefferson Parker -
If you’re into the hippie scene, Laguna Beach, California, is the place to be in summer 1968. However, sixteen-year-old Matt Anthony has more ...Read Review
By Jonathan Franzen -
Days before Christmas 1971, long-ignored pressures seethe within the Hildebrandt family, whose patriarch, Russ, is associate pastor of a suburban Chicago church. His eldest ...Read Review
By Paul Auster -
Born in 1871, the ninth surviving child to devout Methodist parents, he was said to read fluently by age four and drank his first ...Read Review
By Oliver Clements -
One night in 1577, as Elizabeth I’s royal train proceeds through a forest, masked gunmen empty their arquebuses at her carriage and flee ...Read Review
By Thomas Keneally -
In 1868, Edward Dickens, the tenth, ne’er-do-well child of the famous author, emigrates to Australia at age sixteen to learn the sheep business. ...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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