Historical Fiction

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The Home for Unwanted Girls

The Home for Unwanted Girls is the second novel by author Joanna Goodman. It's the story of a mother and daughter separated by circumstance and their journey to be reunited. It’s 1950s Quebec and sixteen-year-old Maggie Hughes is tired of straddling the line between the French and English. Her ...

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Bury What We Cannot Take

Our immigration system is a hot topic in the news lately and it seems like personal accounts of success and failure by people who come to this great land are broadcast by our media on a regular basis. Bury What We Cannot Take is a story of immigration which moves the issue to a historical context; i ...

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The Magnificent Esme Wells

In The Magnificent Esme Wells, author Adrienne Sharp introduces readers to the always resourceful daughter of a Hollywood starlet and an aspiring gangster. It's a lushly atmospheric novel that moves back and forth between 1930s Hollywood and 1950s Vegas as it recounts the story of Esme's journey to ...

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Lost in the Beehive

In Lost In the Beehive, author Michele Young-Stone introduces readers to teenager Gloria Ricci, a young woman doing the best she can to make her way in a confusing and often unforgiving world. The novel is set against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1960s, an era I'm not often drawn to, but Gloria's ...

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My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton

It’s rare the novel that entrances its reader so thoroughly that you find you’ve passed half the day reading a story and you’d feel as if you'd die for more. Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie weave such an enchanting spell with their take on the life of Eliza Hamilton. Put it on your wish list n ...

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I Was Anastasia

I've long been fascinated by the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, and so, when Ariel Lawhorn’s I Was Anastasia came up for review, I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. I had really high hopes for this book, but, because of some quirks in the storytelling, I found myself quite disapp ...

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All the Beautiful Girls

Are you looking for an historical novel featuring a hard-working, single-minded heroine? Do you adore books that revolve around a tight-knit group of female friends? Are you always eager to lose yourself in the glitz and glamour that can only be found in Las Vegas? If you've answered yes to all of t ...

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Next Year in Havana

This island will break your heart if you let it. Home, exile, family and above all, hope. These themes all figure prominently in Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's beautiful novel of love and Cuba. We see the love stories of a grandmother and her granddaughter playing out in Havana, but we also ...

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Song of a Captive Bird

One of my favorite things about historical fiction is its ability to teach me about people and places I wouldn't have otherwise known about. I'm not a huge poetry fan, so the work of Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzhad wasn't even on my radar until I read the synopsis for Song of a Captive Bird, the dé ...

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The Glass Forest

Cynthia Swanson's The Glass Forest is one of those books that pretty much leapt out of nowhere and took up permanent residence in my heart. I picked it up on a whim, and I'm so glad I did. It's an examination of a family's dark secrets, filled with unforgettable characters doing their best to surviv ...