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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Gail Meath -
Agustina de Aragón tells the story of Agustina Saragossa, a real-life Spanish heroine of the Napoleonic Wars. Agustina, the daughter of a ...Read Review
By Richard Smyth -
Gravely, east coast of England, 1920s. Harriet and Jon have been happily married for two years. He is a naturalist who makes a ...Read Review
By Camille Aubray -
The Godmothers are four women in an Italian immigrant family living in Greenwich Village – Lucy, Amie, and Filomena have each married a son, ...Read Review
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 Claire Heywood -
Heywood retells a timeless story with fresh insight and poignancy in this debut novel exploring the battles fought by the women of the ...Read Review
By Esther Freud -
I Couldn’t Love You More is a stirring portrayal of motherly love and familial and institutional abuse through the eyes of three ...Read Review
By C.J. Carey -
England, April 1953. But this is a quite different country – one that succumbed to Germany in 1940 and has since been under occupation. Rose Ransom, ...Read Review
By Janet Grunst -
Set mostly in Virginia during the last years of the American Revolution, this is the story of rebel soldier Donald Duncan and of ...Read Review
By Michael Regal -
1787. Rodion Kazansky, one of the remnants of the Zaporizhian Cossacks after they were disbanded by Catherine the Great, finds himself in need of ...Read Review
By Kat Dunn -
1794. In Paris the French Revolution is on the brink of collapse. Chaos looms while dark forces gather, determined to take power. A small ...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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