Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Vixen

By Francine Prose - Published 2021

Genres:

Literary

This is one of the most satisfying novels I’ve read in ages. From the beginning, Prose places us firmly in the consciousness ...Read Review

The Woman at the Front

By Lecia Cornwall - Published 2021

Genres:

Saga

This book is a love story—a deep and compelling one—but it’s not only about romantic love. It is also about ...Read Review

The Dead Cry Justice (A Gilded Age Mystery)

By Rosemary Simpson - Published 2021

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

As we are reminded by 19th-century photographer Jacob Riis’s zealous documentation of the slums, the plight of destitute children is painful to ...Read Review

An Irish Wife

By Deborah Lincoln - Published 2021

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This is a love story set against the harsh reality of the immigrant experience in the late 19th century. Niamh Kilgariff leaves Ireland ...Read Review

Gallimore

By Dorothea Cobb - Published 2020

Genres:

Saga

Gallimore is a family saga that digs into the roots of a family tree. Opening in 1765 London, after Gemma and her young son ...Read Review

Splinter on the Tide

By Phillip Parotti - Published 2021

Genres:

Military

War makes boys grow up fast, and World War II had that effect on plenty of civilian guys turned naval reserve officers, men ...Read Review

The Mystery of the Sorrowful Maiden (A Laetitia Rodd Mystery)

By Kate Saunders - Published 2021

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Laetitia Rodd is a private detective valued for her common sense, ability to view the dead without screaming, and her nose for a ...Read Review

The Twin

By Kevin St. Jarre - Published 2021

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“Sui generis” best describes Kevin St. Jarre’s one-of-a-kind new novel, which retells the story of Jesus from the point of view of ...Read Review

In the Shadow of the Empress: The Defiant Lives of Maria Theresa, Mother of Marie Antoinette, and Her Daughters

By Nancy Goldstone - Published 2021

Genres:

Nonfiction

Maria Theresa—Holy Roman Empress, Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, Archduchess of Austria—was one of Europe’s greatest leaders of the 18th ...Read Review

The French Gift: A Novel of World War II Paris

By Kirsty Manning - Published 2021

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This multi-period historical mystery centers on the relationship of a famous French author and resistance fighter, Joséphine Murant, and Margot Bisset, a ...Read Review