Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Magdalen

By Marita Conlon-McKenna - Published 2002

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How awful would it be to be an unwed mother in Ireland in the 1950s? According to Marita Conlon-McKenna, it would be awful ...Read Review

Mamzelle Dragonfly

By Raphaël Confiant - Published 2001

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Literary

Mamzelle Dragonfly describes the turmoil of Martinique in the 1950s when the island sought independence from France. The novel, written in Creole and ...Read Review

The Pearl Harbor Murders

By Max Allan Collins - Published 2001

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Mystery/Crime

Collins’ thrilling new mystery is spellbinding. World-famous author Edgar Rice Burroughs is too busy basking in the warm Hawaiian sun to pay much ...Read Review

The Tortoises

By Veza Canetti - Published 2001

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Biographical FictionLiterary

The Tortoises (trans. from the German by Ian Mitchell) focuses on a tense waiting period endured by a Viennese Jewish couple. In late 1938, ...Read Review

Chinatown Mission

By Geraldine Burrows - Published 2002

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RomanceSagaWestern

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, Lorna Davidson is a feisty, independent schoolteacher whose lifelong ambition is to go to China as a missionary. Since ...Read Review

Fire in Beulah

By Rilla Askew - Published 2001

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SagaWestern

Fire in Beulah examines events, including lynching, racial warfare and land grabbing, that occurred during Oklahoma’s oil boom of the 1920s. It ...Read Review

Grass Heart

By M. M. B. Walsh - Published 2001

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EpicWestern

The fate of the Mandan Amerindians (the ‘White Indians,’ also once thought to be migrant Welsh) of the upper Missouri River makes up ...Read Review

The Last Canyon

By John Vernon - Published 2001

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AdventureSagaWestern

In the first of two parallel stories, John Vernon chronicles Major John Wesley Powell’s 1869 expedition through the Great Canyon. On May 23, Powell ...Read Review

French Leave

By Sheri Cobb South - Published 2001

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Romance

Lisette Colling, escaping from a French convent to avoid a forced marriage, literally runs into an unexpected savior: the dissolute sixth earl of ...Read Review

A Dream to Follow

By Lauraine Snelling - Published 2001

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InspirationalSaga

Lauraine Snelling captures the hearts of two young adults as they work towards their life’s dreams in the late 19th century. She ...Read Review