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By Addison Armstrong -
Armstrong’s dual-timeline debut packs a powerful emotional punch as it explores which lives are valued by society and how much a mother ...Read Review
By Michael Punke -
In 1866, with the Civil War over, a contingent of soldiers led by Colonel Henry Carrington swarms into Wyoming’s Powder River Valley to ...Read Review
By Edward Rutherfurd -
Rutherfurd stumbles uncharacteristically in this tepid outing, his first set outside of a Western culture. In 1839, John Trader comes to China from England, ...Read Review
By Samantha Silva -
On August 30, 1797, midwife Parthenia Blenkinsop arrives at a house in North London to deliver Mary Wollstonecraft’s baby. She’s expecting another routine ...Read Review
By Stacey Lee -
Only Stacey Lee could tie together the Chinese Exclusion Act with the Titanic disaster, which she does with aplomb in her most recent ...Read Review
By Rivka Galchen -
In Württemberg, Germany, in 1618, a neighbor accuses 72-year-old Katherina Kepler, mother of famed astronomer Johannes Kepler, of witchcraft. In a society wracked ...Read Review
By Philippa Gregory -
On Midsummer Eve, 1670, a beautiful young woman from Venice arrives at a ramshackle warehouse in London. Livia di Ricci clutches her infant son ...Read Review
By Greer Macallister -
Lady Jane Franklin says she does not believe her husband, the explorer John Franklin, is dead. Multiple expeditions to the Arctic have failed ...Read Review
By Alice Randall -
In Detroit in 1968, choreographer and emcee Joseph “Ziggy” Johnson lies dying in a hospital. He knows he doesn’t have long to live ...Read Review
By Charlie Lovett -
Lovett’s atmospheric fifth outing is the first set in his native United States and sparkles with all the intrigue and rich historical ...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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