Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Title: The Boy in the Striped PajamasAuthor: John BoynePublication: October 23, 2007Publisher: David Fickling BooksGenre: Historical FictionPages: 215 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Berlin, 1942: When Bruno returns home from school one day, he discovers that his belongings are being packed in crates. His father has received a promotion and the family …

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BOOK REVIEW: Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Title: Lilac GirlsAuthor: Martha Hall KellyPublication: April 5, 2016Publisher: Ballantine BooksGenre: Historical FictionPages: 497 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Violinist of Auschwitz by Ellie Midwood

Title: The Violinist of AuschwitzAuthor: Ellie MidwoodPublication: November 18, 2020Publisher: BookoutureGenre: Historical FictionPages: 356 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Auschwitz, 1943: In the depths of hell, can hope rise? And can love triumph over hatred?Based on the unforgettable true story of Alma Rosé, The Violinist of Auschwitz brings to life one of …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Have and To Hoax by Martha Waters

Title: To Have and To HoaxAuthor: Martha WatersPublication: April 7, 2020Publisher: Atria BooksGenre: Historical Fiction/RomancePages: 367 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Five years ago, Lady Violet Grey and Lord James Audley met, fell in love, and got married. Four years ago, they had a fight to end all fights, and have barely …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

Title: The Cottingley SecretyAuthor: Hazel GaynorPublication: August 1, 2017Publisher: William Morrow PaperbacksGenre: Biographical Historical FictionPages: 416 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) 1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the …

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BOOK REVIEW: When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton

Title: When We Left CubaAuthor: Chanel CleetonPublication: April 9, 2019Publisher: BerkleyGenre: Historical FictionPages: 364 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Beautiful. Daring. Deadly.  The Cuban Revolution took everything from sugar heiress Beatriz Perez–her family, her people, her country. Recruited by the CIA to infiltrate Fidel Castro’s inner circle and pulled into the dangerous …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Elizabeth

Still riffing on the historical fiction film podcast by Megan and Kristin, Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth (1998) was specifically mentioned in the podcast as one of their favorites. And once again, based on anecdotal evidence from conversations with others, Elizabeth seems to be well-appreciated as a film, especially as a performance by Cate Blanchett. In …

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BOOK REVIEW: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Title: Next Year in HavanaAuthor: Chanel CleetonPublication: February 6, 2018Publisher: BerkleyGenre: Historical FictionPages: 394 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity–and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution… Havana, 1958. The daughter …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Lost Orphan by Stacey Halls

Title: The Lost OrphanAuthor: Stacey HallsPublication: April 7, 2020Publisher:  MIRA; Harper CollinsGenre: Historical Fiction, RomancePages: 352 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) A mother’s love knows no bounds… London, 1754. Six years after leaving her newborn, Clara, at London’s Foundling Hospital, young Bess Bright returns to reclaim the illegitimate daughter she has never …

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