Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

There are few modern writers as talented as Tom Wolfe, who manages to create his own style, in addition to a depth of thought and characters, while writing in a vernacular understandable to his readers.  In fact, after reading The Right … Continue reading

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The House At Riverton by Kate Morton

Kate Morton’s debut novel, The House at Riverton, is a gothic mystery set in England between the world wars.  The main character, Grace Bradley, is a servant in the house, and the story of what happened to the Hartford family’s daughters … Continue reading

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The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock

The book opens in 1947, when Jim Harrison, a test-pilot for the Air Force, is on his way to breaking the sound barrier.  The novel continues to chronicle Harrison’s life (and more specifically his marriage) with the background of the … Continue reading

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The Caves of Perigord by Martin Walker

When the book opens, Lydia Dean, receives a rare walk-in client to the London auction house in which she works.  Major Phillip Manners presents a piece of rock with a painting of a bull on it, they both understand this … Continue reading

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On The Sickle’s Edge by Neville Frankel

Set in the 20th century and spanning generations, On the Sickle’s Edge chronicles a Jewish family’s struggle to survive in Soviet Russia.  Lena Shtein, born in South Africa of Latvian parents, suffers her first loss at birth.  Following the death of her mother … Continue reading

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North And South by John Jakes

Back in 1985, I was one of millions who swooned over the southern charm of Patrick Swayze’s character, Orry Main, in the television adaption of John Jakes’ novel North and South.  I still have a soft spot for the story, and … Continue reading

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Pompeii by Robert Harris

I was curious how Robert Harris would write a novel about the day Mt. Vesuvius erupted and buried the city of Pompeii.  Could he make it interesting?  How would he go about it? I’m a sucker for apocalyptic movies.  I … Continue reading

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