Tag Archives: Historical Fiction

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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BOOK REVIEW: The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick

Title: The Girls with No NamesAuthor: Serena BurdickPublication: January 7, 2020Publisher: Park RowGenre: Historical FictionPages: 336 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Not far from Luella and Effie Tildon’s large family mansion in Inwood looms the House of Mercy, a work house for wayward girls. The sisters grow up under its shadow with …

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BOOK REVIEW: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Title: Before We Were YoursAuthor: Lisa WingatePublication: June 6, 2017Publisher: Ballantine BooksGenre: Historical FictionPages: 352 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one …

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BOOK REVIEW: A Fire Sparkling by Julianne MacLean

Title: A Fire SparklingAuthor: Julianne MacLeanPublication: August 1, 2019Publisher: Lake Union PublishingGenre: Historical FictionPages: 424 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) After a crushing betrayal by the man she loves, Gillian Gibbons flees to her family home for a much-needed escape, but when she finds an old photograph of her grandmother in the …

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BOOK REVIEW: The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz Author: Heather MorrisPublication: September 4, 2018Publisher: HarperCollinsGenre: Historical FictionPages: 249 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads: In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a …

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BOOK REVIEW: Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary Friendship by L.M. Elliott

Title: Hamilton and Peggy!: A Revolutionary FriendshipAuthor: L.M. ElliottPublication: February 13, 2018Publisher: Katherine Tegan BooksGenre: YA Fiction, Historical FictionPages: 453 SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads) For fans of the extraordinary Broadway musical Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author L. M. Elliott delivers a richly detailed historical novel about the lively Peggy Schuyler …

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