Historical Fiction

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Slammerkin

A slammerkin is a loose dress, and also a loose woman. Emma Donoghue, author of Room, based this book on the true story of a girl who was executed in 1763 for murdering her mistress, and who apparently did it from a longing for ‘fine clothes’. While this wasn’t exactly a pleasant read, it was ...

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The Familiars

I'm drawn to historical novels about witchcraft, so The Familiars by Stacey Halls seemed like a novel I'd absolutely love. I've read quite a few books about the witch hunts of the Middle Ages, but this was the first one I picked up that dealt specifically with the Pendle Hill witch trials in the ear ...

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The Only Woman in the Room

Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room is the story of Hedy Lamarr, a woman best known for her roles on the silver screen. Ms. Benedict looks deeper into Hedy's life, bringing us an engrossing tale of a woman who is both brilliant and beautiful. Hedy Kieseler is a Jewish woman married to an ...

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Miss Bingley Requests

Pride and Prejudice told from the perspective of one of the villains of the piece sounded interesting, so I picked up Judy McCrosky’s Miss Bingley Requests. It was an unusual read that actually made me feel for the main character (can’t exactly call her a heroine) and I kept wondering how it wou ...

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Castle on the Rise

Castle on the Rise weaves three narratives from three different time frames together to give readers a glimpse into Ireland’s storied past and exciting present. It’s an Inspirational tale about facing life’s challenges with vigor, hope and faith. This is the second book in the Lost Castle s ...

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Woman 99

Charlotte Smith‘s sister, Phoebe, has always been subject to rages of temper and bouts of giddiness.  Charlotte has always considered that a facet of her personality and is utterly shocked when her parents choose to send Phoebe off to the secretly infamous Goldengrove asylum as Charlotte’s wedd ...

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The Familiars

Stacey Halls makes a powerful debut in this story of sisterhood and justice, The Familiars. The year is 1612, the place is Lancaster in the north of England, and seventeen-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth is pregnant for the fourth time in three years by her husband, Richard. Having experienced so ...

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Cherokee America

Margaret Verble’s sprawling family saga, Cherokee America, explores the lives of the Singer and Cordery families who live, thrive, suffer and love in the post-Trail of Tears, Post Civil War landscape of mid 1870s Cherokee Nation West. Cherokee America Singer, known as Check, is the mother of fi ...

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Finding Dorothy

As a child, I was utterly captivated by everything and anything related to the Wonderful Wizard of Oz. I dressed as Dorothy for Halloween, read all the Oz books, and watched the movie so often I practically had it memorized. If I could have found a way to fly off to Oz, I probably would have done th ...

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The Lost Girls of Paris

All warfare is based on deception. That is what Sun Tzu said in The Art of War.  In The Lost Girls of Paris, we learn that deception can carry a high price. New York, 1946. When an accident blocks her usual route to work one morning, Grace Healey is forced to cut through the bustling concourse ...