Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Burr by Gore Vidal (1973)

I remember hearing about Burr in the early 70s (when it was first published) from the author himself on the Tonight Show.  I thought it sounded interesting, and certainly as Gore Vidal spoke about it I was intrigued but somehow I … Continue reading

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The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Book of Longings was selected for our in-house book club to read and I heard good things about it from friends who had read it but I personally have read or heard nothing else about it.  As I usually … Continue reading

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The Roll of the Drums by Jan Drexler

While I have enjoyed a number of stories set in the Amish culture, The Roll of the Drums is the first book I’ve read by Jan Drexler.  It is a story I would classify as a cozy romance although it … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf, May 10th, 2019

Here are some more books I have read in recent months but not written reviews of as of yet. Perhaps you have read some of them or have been meaning to read them.  Maybe you’ve never heard of them.  See … Continue reading

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Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring) gives us another fascinating historical novel based on the lives of fossilist and palaeontologist Mary Anning and her fellow-enthusiast Elizabeth Philpot and their important discoveries in the early 19th century which fuelled speculation … Continue reading

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I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I Was Anastasia begins with a Fair Warning: If I tell you what happened that night in Ekaterinburg I will have to unwind my memory—all the twisted coils—and lay it in your palm. It will be the gift and the … Continue reading

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Tuesday’s Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted by I’d Rather Be At The Beach —  you can reach it here.  Easy to participate.  Include your book title and author, a picture of the cover, and quote the first (or first two) paragraph(s) … Continue reading

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The Gown by Jennifer Robson

Historical fiction, Robson has pulled together many threads of the time: post war austerity in Britain, the role of the monarchy in buoying public spirit, the declining yet still marked difference between classes, personal rebuilding from wartime trauma, and the … Continue reading

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Tuesdays’ Tantalizing Teasers & First Chapter, First Paragraph: Revelation by C.J. Sansom

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted by I’d Rather Be At The Beach — you can reach it here.  Easy to participate.  Include your book title and author, a picture of the cover, and quote the first (or first two) paragraph(s) … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf July 13/18

The last two weeks have been simultaneously busy and relaxing.  My house sale closed, I celebrated Canada Day, I planned a vacation in Spain for August, I was ill, and I drank lots of liquids and read, read, read. I … Continue reading

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