Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Disastrous Mrs.Weldon

By Brian Thompson - Published 2001

Genres:

LiteraryNonfiction

The subject of this unusual biography was born Georgina Thomas, daughter of a delusional, cruel, and pretentious Briton who later assumed the genealogically ...Read Review

Wainewright the Poisoner: The Confession of Thomas Griffiths Wainewright–Regency Author, Painter, Swindler and Probable Murderer–Woven from Historical Fragments

By Andrew Motion - Published 2000

Genres:

LiteraryMystery/CrimeNonfiction

Thomas Griffiths Wainewright began life in a household of leisured literati and ended, through attempts to maintain that life, as convict number 2325 in ...Read Review

Unwise Passions: A True Story of a Remarkable Woman– and the First Great Scandal of Eighteenth-Century America

By Alan Pell Crawford - Published 2000

Genres:

Mystery/CrimeNonfictionRomance

Unwise Passions is an engaging, thought-provoking biography that provides fascinating insight into an old scandal that wreaked havoc among several of the oldest ...Read Review

Genpei

By Kara Dalkey - Published 2001

Genres:

FantasyLiterary

Imperial Japan in the twelfth century is the setting for the newest historical fantasy by the author of the Blood of the Goddess ...Read Review

The Wolf King

By Alice Borchardt - Published 2001

Genres:

FantasyThriller

Although some readers may want to read Ms. Borchardt’s two previous novels, The Silver Wolf and Night of the Wolf, The Wolf ...Read Review

Cane River

By Lalita Tademy - Published 2001

Genres:

Biographical FictionLiterarySaga

Cane River, Lalita Tademy’s literary debut, is a stunning family saga mixed with incredible historical detail and honest, yet brutal and painful, ...Read Review

A House Named Brazil

By Audrey Schulman - Published 2000

Genres:

LiterarySaga

Fran Mourne is nearly 40. When she was seven, her father left home. At 16, her mother abandoned her. Feeling freakish, Fran has learned how ...Read Review

The Discovery of Chocolate

By James Runcie - Published 2001

Genres:

Alternate HistoryFantasyLiterary

Humor and endearing candor ring through the narrative voice of Diego de Godoy. Notary to Cortés, the conquistador, he falls in love ...Read Review

Home Across the Road

By Nancy Peacock - Published 2001

Genres:

LiterarySaga

Generations of the Redd family, divided into the white Redds and the black Redds, people this novel which the New York Times Book ...Read Review

My Dream of You

By Nuala O'Faolain - Published 2001

Genres:

LiteraryMystery/Crime

A beloved colleague’s abrupt death propels travel writer Kathleen de Burca into a quest for personal and historical truths in this debut ...Read Review