Historical Fiction

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The Last Tudor

Philippa Gregory – author of the White Queen and White Princess novels, and of The Other Boleyn Girl – needs no introduction from me. This somewhat disastrous fifteenth tome in her series chronicling the lives of the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties sweeps us from the reign of Edward I to the exe ...

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The Daughters of Ireland

The Daughters of Ireland is Santa Montefiore's second novel featuring the Deverill family. The story picks up pretty much exactly where book one, The Girl In the Castle, left off, so potential readers will definitely want to pick that up before starting on this one. In 1925, members of the Deveri ...

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The Last Tudor

Fans of historical fiction most likely aren't strangers to the writing of Philippa Gregory. She's perhaps best known for her masterful reimagining of the lives of the Tudors, especially sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn in her bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. In this, the last novel in her Planta ...

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The Life She Was Given

I don't have nearly enough words to express my love for this latest novel by Ellen Marie Wiseman.The Life She Was Given, is a dark, brutal portrayal of family life, with a few glimmers of hope shining through when the reader least expects it. It's a book I sped through and then wished I had taken mo ...

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Cocoa Beach

Some authors write character based stories, some write plot based ones. Beatriz Williams writes great characters and places them within a gripping plot. Such is the case with her latest novel, Cocoa Beach. Although most of her books are standalones she is able to uniquely link her novels through a s ...

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The Woman in the Castle

I've been on a bit of a World War II kick lately, so Jessica Shattuck's latest novel, The Women in the Castle, seemed like something that would be right up my alley. I relished the idea of seeing how a group of women and children rebuilt their lives and created a cohesive family unit after the strug ...

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The Wild Girl

This is an extremely difficult book to rate.  At turns beautiful and gruesome, much like the fairytales that surround and weave through it, it chronicles the largely unknown life of Dortchen Wild, a next door neighbor of the sprawling Grimm family.  Dortchen has as many sisters as the Grimms have ...

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Mr. Rochester

I first read Jane Eyre over twenty years ago, right before I entered high school. I was captivated from the very beginning of Jane's story, and have revisited Charlotte Brontë's classic novel five or six times since then. It's the kind of story I can never imagine growing tired of. So, it should co ...

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The Witchfinder's Sister

I’ll admit right out of the gate that one of the reasons I picked up The Witchfinder’s Sister for review is because the real-life events that play out in the novel took place in the area in which I now live – North East Essex and South Suffolk.  Matthew Hopkins is a well-known historical figu ...

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The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence is the story of Simonetta Cattaneo, a young woman who moves to Florence in order to marry the rich and potentially powerful Marco Vespucci, but ends up finding love in the arms of another man. It's a richly drawn historical novel, filled with art, intrigue, love, ...