Historical Fiction

B+
The Orphan's Tale

For me, the hallmark of a good book is a desperate desire to reach the end. The Orphan’s Tale was a very good book and I became deeply invested in finding out how it would conclude. When Noa’s family finds out that the German soldier who had been lodging with them had seduced her and left her ...

B
A Piece of the World

A Piece of the World tells the story of Christina Olson, a physically disabled woman who spends her entire life in a small, coastal town in Maine. No one expects much of her, but for twenty years, she serves as muse to artist Andrew Wyeth, and is immortalized in his painting Christina's World. We ...

C+
Dragon Springs Road

My experience with books set in China has not been stellar – I've read too many authors who seem only interested in transplanting characters with western attitudes to a more exotic setting. Janie Chang's Dragon Springs Road, I am happy to say, does not fall in this category. If anything, by adheri ...

A+
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 ...

A-
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 ...

A-
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. ...