Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

To Be a Queen

By Annie Whitehead - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

Everyone has heard of Alfred the Great; not everyone knows of his daughter, Æthelflæd, ‘Lady of the Mercians’. This is a shame ...Read Review

Whither Thou Goest

By Anna Belfrage - Published 2014



Set in Maryland, this well-produced volume continues the saga of Alexandra Lind. Along with her seventeenth century husband Matthew Graham, this intrepid, time-travelling ...Read Review

When Sorrows Come

By Maria Dziedzan - Published 2015


When Sorrows Come is a beautifully written, magnificent tale that is very difficult to put down. Based upon actual events and experiences, it ...Read Review

Song of the Sea

By Edwin Page - Published 2015



Set in the 1290s, Song of the Sea was inspired by the Mermaid of Zennor legend and relates the enchanting and atmospheric story ...Read Review

Empire of Deception

By Dean Jobb - Published 2015



Since Erik Larson’s Gilded-age classic was published in 2003, any number of historical nonfiction thrillers have laid claim to being part Devil in ...Read Review

The Wisdom of the Beguines: The Forgotten Story of a Medieval Women’s Movement

By Laura Swan - Published 2014



The Beguines were laywomen who lived in productive Catholic communities – kind of like urban kibbutzim for women – from about 1200 on across Europe. They ...Read Review

The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings

By Carol Zaleski - By Philip Zaleski - Published 2015



In this book, writers/scholars Philip and Carol Zaleski explore the lives and minds of four of the most influential thinkers and writers ...Read Review

America and WWI: A Traveler’s Guide

By Mark D. Van Ells - Published 2015



The 2014 centennial of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and the beginning of World War I has been marked by ceremony ...Read Review

In These Times: Living in Britain Through Napoleon’s Wars, 1793-1815

By Jenny Uglow - Published 2014Published 2015



This is a fresh approach to the history of diverse people who lived through the Napoleonic Wars in England from 1798 to 1815, one that ...Read Review

Taking on Theodore Roosevelt: How One Senator Defied the President on Brownsville and Shook American Politics

By Harry Lembeck - Published 2015



Gunfire awakens a small south Texas town one August night in 1906, leaving a civilian dead and a policeman wounded. Fort Brown, adjacent to ...Read Review