Historical Fiction

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The Whispers of War

The Whispers of War is Julia Kelly's second novel, a deftly plotted story of female friendship set against the backdrop of the early days of World War II. Its well-drawn characters and strong sense of place make it a book that is sure to appeal to fans of historical fiction everywhere. Nora, Haze ...

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye

Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris' Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing read ...

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The Glittering Hour

The Glittering Hour is a blood-letter of a novel, lacerating the reader nonstop with its depressing plot twists. It’s one of those novels that’s well-written and has interesting characters, but as those characters all but go out of their way to make themselves miserable, the reader becomes annoy ...

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The King's Evil

The King’s Evil is the third book in Andrew Taylor’s series of historical mysteries set in and around Restoration London in the year or so following the Great Fire of 1666.  As was the case with the previous two books – The Ashes of London and The Fire Court  - this latest release in the Mar ...

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The Giver of Stars

In 1936, Alice Van Cleve, newly married to the son of one of Kentucky's wealthiest and most influential coal miners, finds herself at loose ends. Life as Bennett Van Cleve's wife is not the fairytale she was led to believe it would be, and she is in desperate need of a cause to lose herself in. So, ...

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Caroline: Little House Revisited

I must confess that when I read the Little House books, Ma Ingalls was never my favorite character. Her hackles-raised reaction at the mention of Native Americans didn’t sit well with me, and she always seemed a bit stiff and humorless compared to Pa. But I did enjoy the books, so when I saw there ...

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The First Lady and the Rebel

Sisterhood can be a powerful thing, but sometimes it provides a dividing line.  Susan Higginbotham’s The First Lady and the Rebel is a fine exploration of familial and romantic love and how its bonds can be strained by the forces of a cruel outside world. Mary Todd and her baby half-sister, Em ...

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Saints

Orson Scott Card’s Saints is an unusual book - written by a devoutly religious author about devoutly religious people, but never coming across to me as inspirational fiction. While it wasn’t a perfect read, I not only enjoyed it but actually teared up once or twice. The story is a sprawling h ...

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A Single Thread

A Single Thread is a different sort of love story – the story of a woman’s love for the peace of a cathedral and the order of religion in a world filled with bloodshed and violence. Thirty-seven year old Violet Speedwell is a so-called ‘surplus woman’.  Left behind by the wracking cost o ...

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The Sisters of Summit Avenue

The Sisters of Summit Avenue is one of those stories filled with intergenerational bile that combines interesting ideas and character moments with impossible coincidences and melodramatic twists. Ruth and June  have been caught up in a rivalry that’s lasted for the majority of their shared lif ...