Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Jack: A Novel

By Marilynne Robinson - Published 2020

Genres:

Literary

A very few novelists create worlds—palpable, mappable, 3-D, unique as a scent. Marilynne Robinson’s fictional Gilead, Iowa, is such a world, ...Read Review

Set the Stars Alight

By Amanda Dykes - Published 2020

Genres:

Inspirational Romance

Set the Stars Alight is a beautiful, intricately woven story of friendship. In London in 2000, Lucy and Dash meet as children and grow ...Read Review

Hamnet

By Maggie O'Farrell - Published 2020

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

This is the passionate love story of a glove-maker’s son and Agnes, a wise-woman. It is the tale of an absentee father, ...Read Review

A Single Swallow

By Zhang Ling - Published 2020

Genres:

Literary

On the day the Japanese emperor announces his nation’s surrender to the Allied forces, three quite different men, in the unbridled exaltation ...Read Review

The Pull of the Stars

By Emma Donoghue - Published 2020

Genres:

Literary

This novel is set in Dublin during the Halloween of 1918. Nurse Julia Power finds herself solely in charge of a temporary ward in ...Read Review

The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle

By Neil Blackmore - Published 2020

Genres:

London 1763, and brothers Edgar and Benjamin Bowen are to embark upon The Grand Tour to mainland Europe. They are close in age, around ...Read Review

Forged By Iron (Olaf’s Saga)

By Eric Schumacher - Published 2020

Genres:

Adventure

“Oaths are like iron, Torgil,” whispered my father… “You cannot break them. To do so is to bring shame to you and your ...Read Review

The Ghost Tree (A Betty Church Mystery)

By M.R.C. Kasasian - Published 2020

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

This is the third in Kasasian’s Betty Church murder mystery series. The not-so-sleepy Suffolk village of Sackwater during World War II is ...Read Review

Interviewing The Dead (Carlyle & West Victorian Mysteries)

By David Field - Published 2020

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

London, 1892. After a popular spiritualist predicts revenge upon the city for disturbing a 1665 mass grave, people begin seeing vengeful spirits appear at night. ...Read Review

The Silver Collar

By Antonia Hodgson - Published 2020

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

The Silver Collar is the fourth in Antonia Hodgson’s series about Thomas Hawkins and Kitty Sparks. I had read the first – The ...Read Review