Diva by Daisy Goodwin

Diva by Daisy Goodwin

The real-life dramatics behind the life of opera legend Maria Callas are fictionalized in Diva, which follows the legend from her teenage to her final years. It’s a charming, dishy book that is wholehearted in its sincerity; a very moving look at Callas’ struggles. But it’s also a slice of historical fiction that’s rife with…

Irish Eyes by Hope C. Tarr

Irish Eyes by Hope C. Tarr

Irish Eyes is both plummily overwritten and enjoyably dramatic. It reminded me of those old John Jakes historical sagas – minus the rape and murder. Or maybe it’s simply old skool without the rape. Riding the borderline between historical fiction and historical romance, its characters are imperfect and its dual romances have some pretty unlovable…

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon

Ariel Lawhon’s latest work is my favorite book of 2023. This whopper of a novel delicately peels back the layers of history to reveal the intricate struggles and enduring resilience of women in post Revolutionary War 18th-century America. Through the eyes of Martha Ballard, a local midwife and guardian of the town’s hidden stories, Lawhon…

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