Historical Fiction

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The Lady of the Lakes

Josi S. Kilpack takes on the love life of Sir Walter Scott in The Lady of the Lakes, a fictionalized account of the two defining romances of his life; with Wilhelmina “Mina” Belsches-Stuart, his childhood sweetheart, and Charlotte Carpenter, his eventual wife and his self-proclaimed ‘best love ...

C
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill

I've never read Julie Klassen before but know her by reputation - several of her inspirational romances have received good grades here at AAR. Therefore it pains me to say this, but her latest book is a predictable and meandering affair punctuated by plot holes that repeatedly took me out of the sto ...

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Good Time Coming

I killed a man in the summer I turned thirteen. Sometimes I still see him in my dreams, his eyes as blue as the Gulf on a clear spring morning, his cheeks reddened by the hot Louisiana sun. So begins a powerful story of the U.S. Civil War as seen through the eyes of an observant and courageous youn ...

B+
Wideacre

Philippa Gregory’s début novel, Wideacre, is a difficult book to describe without spoiling the plot, but I’ll give it a try.  I’ve read reviews which damned it and reviews which praised it, and I’ve agreed with both. Beatrice Lacey wants her family estate, Wideacre. Nothing more, nothi ...

B
Victoria

For anyone who enjoys historical fiction, there’s a lot to enjoy about Victoria. However, for lovers of historical romance, there is less so. Ms. Goodwin’s novel follows the young queen from her coronation to her engagement to Albert and is as much about a young woman learning to be queen as it ...

A
Too Deep for Tears Trilogy

The three reviews of the books in this trilogy made me want to take a week off from life and read these books.   Here's the link to all three reviews. The first review is by Vivien Fritsche. She wrote: Before you begin reading Too Deep for Tears, make sure you have a lot of time ahe ...

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News of the World

If historical fiction is to be written, it should be like this: full of gorgeous details that are as much about the scenes as about the emotions of the people inhabiting the scenes. The word painting is so vivid that it feels like a motion picture. I am so much the richer for having read this book. ...

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The Autumn Throne

Eleanor of Aquitaine happens to be one of my favorite historical figures.  Bold as lightning, smart as copper penny and tough as rawhide, the legends about her sprawl numerously through European history.  Elizabeth Chadwick has written three popular novels about Eleanor’s life, and this autumn s ...

B+
The Girl in the Castle

After reading The Girl in the Castle, I am exhausted and need a glass of wine. If I smoked, I'd gladly take a cigarette too. It’s a compelling, complex and poignant read that slowly lures the reader in and weaves itself into the mind and heart. Almost every human emotion is experienced during the ...

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The Tea Planter's Wife

Growing up, I was completely addicted to the novels of M.M. Kaye, Mary Stewart, and E.M. Forster. Their books were all about the British Colonial period and took place in exotic locales, extoling the mannerisms and lifestyle of an era long gone by.  In The Tea Planter’s Wife Dinah Jefferies does ...