Historical Fiction

B-
The Blackout Book Club

Five people with busy, difficult lives find an oasis of friendship in their local library when they join The Blackout Book Club. It’s a story about love, war, and the pleasure of discovering a good book. When Avis’ librarian brother Anthony leaves town, he entrusts to her his position at The ...

C-
When We Had Wings

When We Had Wings is a collaboration between three popular women’s fiction authors, one of whom (Kristina McMorris) has written several heartwarming WWII-set stories. That alone had me excited to read this novel and the fact that Susan Meissner, a personal favorite, is another contributor was the ...

B
That Summer in Berlin

Like many others, I find the time period around and during World War II to be absolutely fascinating. So when I discovered that Lecia Cornwall’s That Summer In Berlin was set in the summer of 1936 during the Berlin Olympic Games, I snatched it up to review. Viviane Alden, a heroine worthy of Jo ...

B+
Marmee

Back in 2019, Sarah Miller wrote an excellent novelistic re-telling of Little House on the Prairie as seen through the eyes of Caroline Ingalls. Caroline: Little House Revisited was one of my favorite novels of that year.  Marmee,which retells the events of Little Women through the eyes of sainted ...

B+
Jacqueline in Paris

In Jacqueline in Paris, you will not encounter the sophisticate who sparked a passion for style and grace from the White House, the world’s most famous widow, nor the woman who married Aristotle Onassis and later forged a life for herself in New York City. Instead, Ann Mah introduces readers to a ...

B+
The American Adventuress

It’s hard to make a likable protagonist out of an occasionally unlikeable person, but The American Adventuress manages that trick in spades. C.W. Gortner tells the truth about Jennie Jerome-Churchill with a soapy overlay – and even though you’re not going to come away from this book loving Jen ...

C
An Indiscreet Princess

Being a child of Queen Victoria was not easy, especially after the passing of her beloved Prince Albert, whose memory obsessed the monarch’s waking hours until her own death. Nine of the queen’s ten children were unmarried at the time of Albert’s death, and Arthur, Leopold and Beatrice were ...

A
The Librarian Spy

Fabulous books are hard to find, books that make you wish to spend more time with the characters and who make you long to find more stories that can do that. The Librarian Spy is just such a book. It is April of 1943. War encompasses the world and Washington D.C. is a city of frantic energy, with ...

D
Daughters of Paris

Elisabeth Hobbes’ Daughters of Paris is a story of intrigue, romance, and redemption. I found it to be an enjoyable if somewhat predictable read till the end of the novel, where things took a turn for the worse. While playing in the yard of the high-end Parisian apartment building in which they ...

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The Manhattan Girls

Gill Paul’s multi-faceted look at a group of world-shaking real life female best friends whose wit, skill and wisdom will change countless lives definitely has a lot of pep. The Manhattan Girls sports snappy dialogue and a fun sense of time and place. New York City, 1920. Reviewer, poet and sat ...