Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

Aethelflaed: Lady of the Mercians

By Tim Clarkson - Published 2018



This biography of Aethelflaed, the 9th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who ruled Mercia, is both an enjoyable read and meticulously well researched. Aethelflaed was the ...Read Review

The Young Desperados: An Ivory and Albert Novel

By Bill Brooks - Published 2018


Children/Young AdultWestern

Bosom buddies Ivory and Albert are teenaged cowpokes with a problem: their murdered friend Gus needs a casket. Preferably one with a little ...Read Review

The Kitchen Marriage (Montana Brides Romance)

By Gina Welborn - Published 2018



French immigrant Zoe le Fleur is forced to leave her employment as a cook—actually as a trained chef—in 1888 New York. Thinking ...Read Review

If I Should Die

By Harlan Hague - Published 2017



Armed with documents handed down by his grandfather, elderly Texas rancher Olin Harris is researching his family history and focusing on one ancestor ...Read Review

The Cards Don’t Lie

By Sue Ingalls Finan - Published 2018


This novel covers the run-up to and the Battle of New Orleans between British redcoats and the rag-tag forces of General Andrew Jackson. ...Read Review

After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet

By Julie Dobrow - Published 2018



This is the story of Mabel Todd and her daughter, Millicent Bingham, a remarkable mother and daughter, unconventional and fearless in their allegiances, ...Read Review

Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster

By Jonathan Auxier - Published 2018


Children/Young AdultFantasy

Set during the Victorian age in London, when the vast majority of chimney sweeps were children, Nan Sparrow pulls the reader along in ...Read Review

A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl

By Jean Thompson - Published 2018



A Cloud in the Shape of a Girl is a multigenerational story set in a small Midwestern town where three women try to ...Read Review

Mercury Falling

By Robert Edric - Published 2018



The east of England in the summer of 1954. Jimmy Devlin, aged 30, lives off his wits in a peripatetic hand-to-mouth existence, finding work and ...Read Review

Miss Royal’s Mules (Nickel Hill)

By Irene Bennett Brown - Published 2018



Book one in Ms. Brown’s Nickel Hill Series sets the stage for an exciting and interesting series set in Kansas in the ...Read Review