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By Christine Trent -
Trent marries the story of a talented dollmaker to the fate of the French queen, Marie Antoinette, who will eventually lose her head ...Read Review
By Helen Benedict -
The Edge of Eden is rich in contrasts: the Seychelles Islands and fog-shrouded London; well-to-do British colonists and the poverty of natives; religious ...Read Review
By Pierre Magnan -
Published 2003Published 2009
This dense novel bears the weight of tragedy, from the shocking murder of a family in remote upper Provence, France in 1896 to the ...Read Review
By C.S. Harris -
Regency London is stunned by the murder of the bishop, Sir Francis Prescott. Responding to the request of his aunt and the Archbishop ...Read Review
By Anne Perry -
This Dickensian tale begins in 1895 London, a poor young girl of eight anxiously searching for Charlie, her uncle’s donkey. Uncle Alf, a ...Read Review
By Margaret Campbell Barnes -
“It is strange how many want to sit in the king’s seat even though it’s so uncomfortable.” From the mouths of ...Read Review
By Jerry Peterson -
Sheriff James Early is an old-fashioned lawman in late 1940s Kansas confronted with a gruesome murder and a daylight bank robbery that leads ...Read Review
By Marina Fiorato -
Published 2008Published 2009
In a tale of genius and tragedy, Leonora Manin is inspired to travel to Murano, Italy, from Hampstead, England, the home of her 17...Read Review
By Sarah Dunant -
In Renaissance Italy the Council of Trent moves to purge convent life of the contamination of the outside world, the Counter-Reformation imposing further ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Garner -
Published 2008Published 2009
Picture this: A meteorite spills a shower of stars into the sky one cold February night in 1847 Oxford, England. That same night, Edgar ...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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