Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Pursuits of Lord Kit Cavanaugh (The Cavanaughs)

By Stephanie Laurens - Published 2019

Genres:

Romance

In this next in the series on the lives and loves of the Cavanaugh clan, Lord Kit Cavanaugh descends on Victorian-age Bristol to ...Read Review

Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life

By Lucy Worsley - Published 2019

Genres:

Nonfiction

Worsley’s book is a fine exploration of Queen Victoria’s life told in a digestible presentation of 24 events of significance (per the ...Read Review

The Man Who Would Be Sherlock: The Real-Life Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle

By Christopher Sandford - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote extensively about mysteries and detective work through his best-known sleuthing character, Sherlock Holmes. From the late 1800s through ...Read Review

Wunderland: A Novel

By Jennifer Cody Epstein - Published 2019

Genres:

Ava has given up on trying to develop a closer relationship with her mother, Ilse. All of her questions go unanswered. Who was ...Read Review

Chasing the Banyan Wind

By Bernadette Gabay Dyer - Published 2018

Genres:

Saga

Driven out of damp and cold Bristol by bad health, Jonathan Gunn, his wife Wilemina, and their two children, Dunstan and Eliza, emigrated ...Read Review

Tom Wasp and the Seven Deadly Sins

By Amy Myers - Published 2019

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Early one morning, Tom Wasp, master chimney sweep, finds the garrotted corpse of the unlikeable Arnold Harcourt, bookseller and philanderer, in the yard ...Read Review

Much Ado About Lewrie (Alan Lewrie Naval Adventures)

By Dewey Lambdin - Published 2019

Genres:

AdventureNautical

All seems to be going well for Captain Sir Alan Lewrie aboard his ship HMS Vigilance. It’s early in the 19th century, ...Read Review

A Stranger Here Below: A Gideon Stoltz Mystery

By Charles Fergus - Published 2019

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

First in a projected series, A Stranger Here Below introduces Sheriff Gideon Stoltz. Stoltz is no hardened old-timer but a twenty-one-year-old Pennsylvania Dutchman, ...Read Review

To Abandon Rome: AD 593 (Tribonian Trilogy Book 2)

By Vann Turner - Published 2017

Genres:

Military

Vann Turner’s To Abandon Rome brings to life a period of Roman history that is unfamiliar to me. In 593 AD, the Lombard ...Read Review

Ungovernable: The Victorian Parent’s Guide to Raising Flawless Children

By Therese Oneill - Published 2019

Genres:

Nonfiction

This thoroughly researched book (the bibliography runs to eight pages) presents everything a Victorian woman needed to know about conceiving, bearing and raising ...Read Review