Historical Fiction

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The Golden Hour

In The Golden Hour, author Beatriz Williams tells the interconnected stories of two women, decades apart, whose lives are irrevocably changed by their deep and abiding love for the men of the Winthrop family. For Lulu, a journalist desperate to uncover the truth about the apparent death of the man s ...

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The Edge of Nowhere

Originally published in 2015, C.H. Armstrong's The Edge of Nowhere is a historical novel loosely based on the life of the author's grandmother. The novel offers the reader a peek into a time and place in American history not usually captured in today's fiction, and I’m glad I chose to pick it up. ...

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The Summer Country

The Summer Country is the latest standalone historical novel from author Lauren Willig. It's a dual timeline story that takes place in Barbados, and I'm pleased to report it's everything I've come to expect from this author, and then some. Emily Dawson has always been the poor relation in the eye ...

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The Night Tiger

Multiple worlds collide head-on in The Night Tiger, an exploration of Malaysian mythology as seen through the lens of its pre-World War II workaday world. In 1931 Malaya, accident-prone eleven-year-old orphaned houseboy Ren is watching the death of his mentor, Doctor John MacFarlane.  On his dea ...

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Black Berry & Wild Rose

Set in eighteenth-century Spitalfields, London, Blackberry and Wild Rose is the rich and atmospheric tale of a household of Huguenot silk weavers as the pursuit of the perfect silk design leads them all into ambition, love, and betrayal. When Esther Thorel, wife of a master silk weaver, rescues S ...

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When We Left Cuba

Late in 2018, I started hearing quite a bit of talk about Chanel Cleeton's novel Next Year in Havana. The premise intrigued me, so I added it to my extremely sizable TBR pile, but didn't actually get around to reading it until February of 2019. I was completely captivated by both the setting and the ...

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The Binding

Bridget Collins’ The Binding is set in a magical quasi-Victorian world in which books are dangerous. I was intrigued by that unusual premise, but the novel ultimately fails to deliver and instead presents the reader with a story that’s at times so dark as to be difficult to get through, and in w ...

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City of Flickering Light

In City of Flickering Light, readers are introduced to twenty-one-year-old Irene van Beck, a woman who has grown disenchanted with her life as a dancer in a bottom-tier Burlesque show. She knows there's more to life than removing her clothing in front of a different group of men each night, and she' ...

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In Another Time

Jillian Cantor’s In Another Time takes us tastefully into the romance of Hanna and Max, two young people who meet and fall in love in Germany on the brink of the outbreak of World War II… and then introduces an awkward plot point that nearly wrecks the proceedings. In 1931, Hanna Ginsberg, a wa ...

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The Poison Bed

London, 1615.  The young, spirited Frances Howard-Carr and her husband (And James I’s long time favorite), the self-made social climber Robert Carr, 1st Earl of Somerset, stand accused of poisoning Sir Thomas Overbury, Robert’s friend and advisor, who knew a dreadfully personal secret about the ...