Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

This Other Eden

By Paul Harding - Published 2023

Genres:

Literary

In 1793, when Benjamin Honey, a former slave, and his wife Patience, an Irish immigrant, arrived at an abandoned Penobscot island off the coast ...Read Review

Julia Prima (Roma Nova Thriller Series)

By Alison Morton - Published 2022

Genres:

Thriller

This is a stunning historical novel set in the 4th century. Julia, the daughter of the ruler of the provincial town of Virunum, ...Read Review

Marvelous

By Molly Greeley - Published 2023

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Before the much-loved tale of Beauty and the Beast came the actual life of Petrus Gonsalvus, who was brought from the Canary Islands ...Read Review

For Lamb

By Lesa Cline-Ransome - Published 2023

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

Wow, wow, wow! This is one powerful book. If you thought you knew from history class about the Jim Crow conditions African Americans ...Read Review

Molly & the Captain

By Anthony Quinn - Published 2022

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This book takes its name from a picture of his two daughters made by the 18th-century painter William Merrymount. The other daughter in ...Read Review

The Sun Walks Down

By Fiona McFarlane - Published 2023

Genres:

Literary

A six-year-old boy disappears from his family farm during a dust storm in late 19th-century South Australia, and the community rallies to the ...Read Review

Paris Requiem

By Chris Lloyd - Published 2023

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeThriller

Paris, 1940. The Germans have occupied the city. First-person narrator, Eddie Giral, is an intelligent, sensitive police inspector who describes his situation as “a ...Read Review

The House of Eve

By Sadeqa Johnson - Published 2023

Genres:

The House of Eve explores culture, class, and the sometimes-heartbreaking complications of motherhood within the contrasting worlds of Black families in Washington, DC, ...Read Review

The Glassmaker’s Wife

By Lee Martin - Published 2022

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The Glassmaker’s Wife is a novel of murder by arsenic, an illicit paramour, religious zealots, bewitched cows, and revenge. The murder is ...Read Review

The Rail Splitter

By John Cribb - Published 2023

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

Abraham Lincoln’s father is worried that his 17-year-old son is heading down the wrong path, fooling around with more education than he ...Read Review