Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Homesman by Glendon Swarthout

Pioneering was especially hard on women.  Author Glendon Swarthout wrote this novel to portray what might happen to women on the prairie who suffered from the loss of their mental faculties, due to the extreme hardships many endured. In the … Continue reading

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The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran

Nefertari is a Egyptian princess, the niece of the heretic Queen Nefertiti.  When her childhood friend, becomes the Crown Prince, she struggles to find her place in his heart and in Egypt as his Queen. While there has been much … Continue reading

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Wounds Of Honour by Anthony Riches

From Goodreads: “Marcus Valerius Aquila has scarcely landed in Britannia when he has to run for his life – condemned to dishonorable death by power-crazed Emperor Commodus. The plan is to take a new name, serve in an obscure regiment on … Continue reading

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Petronella Oortman is a naive 18 year old girl who enters a marriage of convenience with a wealthy trader, Johannes Brandt.  The year is 1687 and the setting is Amsterdam.  The book reads very easily, as Nella must adjust to … Continue reading

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Gone For Soldiers by Jeff Shaara

Gone for Soldiers is a novel about the Mexican American War.  Many of the main players on the American side went on to serve with distinction in the US Civil War, and this battle experience helped prepare them for that. … Continue reading

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The Queen’s Fool by Philippa Gregory

I think Philippa Gregory often gets a bad rap in historical fiction circles.  I admit she’s not a purist, but she doesn’t often venture outside the realm of real possibility, either. The Queen’s Fool is a good example of a well-written … Continue reading

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Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I can’t recall if I have read this novel before, but as I was reading it this time, my memory brought back the whole story (I’m sure I’ve seen a film version) – so no surprises for me. Dickens is … Continue reading

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