Historical Fiction

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The Romanov Empress

I haven't found much in the way of historical fiction set in Russia that doesn't deal with the Russian Revolution, and while that time period does interest me a great deal, I do like a bit of variety in my reading. So, when I read the blurb for C.W. Gortner's latest work The Romanov Empress, I decid ...

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The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida's The Madonna of the Mountains is a sweeping historical saga set in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. It's the story of one woman's desperate struggle to ensure her family's survival as the Fascist party comes to power and her country enters the Second World War. ...

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Another Side of Paradise: A Novel

In the wake of the resurgence of interest in all things Fitzgerald, Sally Koslow’s Another Side of Paradise digs into a topic that biographical fiction writers have rarely explored; Scott’s three-and-a-half year long extramarital romance with gossip columnist Sheilah Graham, one that molded Grah ...

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

Danielle Teller’s reimagining of Cinderella is an interesting story about how illusions can confound and contort, secrets lie fallow waiting to be discovered, and even the simplest of truths turns out to be much more complicated than it seemed.  It’s also something of a depressing ride through ...

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All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother

In All the Ever Afters, author Danielle Teller turns one of our best-loved fairytales on its head. Here, we are given a new spin on the story of Cinderella and her wicked stepmother, and, while this particular retelling takes a lot of the magic out of the story, I still found it an enjoyable read. ...

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Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen

The story of Jane Seymour’s rise to the throne (and her subsequent death after bringing forth Henry VIII’s only male heir) has been well chronicled by many.  Was she pushed by her ambitious family?  Was she truly the docile angel she was later enshrined as?  Alison Weir – well known writer ...

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My Name is Victoria

With My Name Is Victoria, delightful British historian Lucy Worsley (you may have seen her in multiple BBC and PBS productions) brings her second piece of historical fiction to the market.  Featuring the story of Victoria “Miss V” Conroy, daughter of Sir John Conroy – creator of the infamous ...

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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 ...