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By Fiona Valpy -
In 1941, thirteen-year-old Josie, her sister, and parents, fearing Nazi atrocities on Jewish families, flee Paris for the relative safety of Vichy France in ...Read Review
By Sara Ackerman -
On Sunday, December 7, 1941, on O’ahu, Hawaii, 23-year-old Daisy is at the beach while most islanders are at church, for she “preferred to ...Read Review
By Roxanne Veletzos -
In 1943 in Sopron, Hungary, young Eva is spending a summer at her aristocratic family’s country estate. She is due to be married ...Read Review
By Mally Becker -
In 1779, aboard a British prison ship anchored near Brooklyn, a prisoner named Philip Parcell is tortured and killed. He had refused to divulge ...Read Review
By Ellie Midwood -
In July 1944, a young couple, Mala and Edek, stroll along a path through Poland’s picturesque Zywiec mountains. Mala, dressed in blue overalls, ...Read Review
By Steffanie Edward -
In London in 2000, thirty-something Yvette receives a call from her father, Joe, from the hospital. After calling her mum, Dolina, who is estranged ...Read Review
By Clare Flynn -
In 1940, Will, originally an Australian, is serving aboard a British cargo steamer in the Atlantic Ocean. A German U-boat torpedoes it. Fortunately, Will ...Read Review
By J'nell Ciesielski -
In 1917 Petrograd, Russia, while “the night burned red with flames of revolution,” Princess Svetlana, her mother, and sister flee the city. They are ...Read Review
By Melissa Addey -
In 79 AD Pompeii, a slave and scribe, Althea, is offered to Marcus, a former soldier, and operator of the amphitheater. Althea’s master ...Read Review
By Sofía Segovia -
On 25 March 1938 in the East Prussian city of Königsberg, Adolf Hitler makes a vital speech about Austria’s annexation, but little Ilse ...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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