Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Lies that Blind: A Novel of Late 18th Century Penang

By E. S. Alexander - Published 2021


1788 Calcutta, India: Jim, a nineteen-year-old Englishman, is a writer at the East India Company’s headquarters. Bored from mindless clerical activities, he aspires ...Read Review

The Saints of Swallow Hill

By Donna Everhart - Published 2022


This novel is a terrific find—an engrossing example of Southern historical fiction that’s full of gritty realism, heart, and hope. Everhart ...Read Review

When Winter Robeson Came

By Brenda Woods - Published 2022



Los Angeles, 1965. Eden Coal is a young teenage African American girl who loves to play the piano and create her own compositions. She ...Read Review

The Lost Book of Eleanor Dare

By Kimberly Brock - Published 2022


In this novel, author Kimberly Brock weaves a multigenerational story based on the supposed descendants of the real-life Eleanor Dare. Dare was the ...Read Review

Our Last Days in Barcelona

By Chanel Cleeton - Published 2022


Palm Beach, 1964. Isabel Perez is stuck in a marriage to a man she doesn’t love, but her pragmatic nature appreciates the safety ...Read Review

Rio Hondo (Three Rivers Trilogy, 3)

By Preston Lewis - Published 2022



When Wes Bracken comes to New Mexico Territory after the Civil War, he has plans—for a horse ranch, a quiet life, and ...Read Review

Sister Stardust

By Jane Green - Published 2022


Sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Claire is a teenager in a small British town who, after a row with her stepmother, leaves ...Read Review

The Chapel in the Woods (A Jack Haldean Murder Mystery, 11)

By Dolores Gordon-Smith - Published 2022



This is another intricate and thoroughly enjoyable ‘who-done-it’ from prolific author Gordon-Smith. Set in the rural Sussex countryside in the 1920s, the narrative ...Read Review

My Queen, My Love: A Novel of Henrietta Maria

By Elena Maria Vidal - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Henrietta Maria in this book’s subtitle was the daughter of Henri IV (1553-1610), France’s first Bourbon king, and his wife Marie (1575...Read Review

Take My Hand

By Dolen Perkins-Valdez - Published 2022


Take My Hand illuminates a horrendous national shame of the recent past. In the early 1970s, more than 150,000 low-income women and girls, predominately ...Read Review