Historical Fiction

The Girl in His Shadow

Book Review The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake Sometimes, I find myself on the first page of a book and immediately know — there’s something special here. Barely a few words in, the story already screams five stars. It’s a rare and elusive sort of magic. Indescribable, except for the gut-feeling of a bookworm. That was this book …

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The Arctic Fury

Book Review The Arctic Fury by Greer Macallister I pick books by their covers all the time. And this was one that had me hooked from the instant I first saw it on #bookstagram. Better yet? The story features an all-female arctic expedition AND a murder trial. Intrigued? So was I! About The Arctic Fury: (From the publisher) Eccentric Lady …

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The Venice Sketchbook

Book Review The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen The city of Venice — could there be a more romantic setting? Bestselling author, Rhys Bowen, truly captures the charm of this ancient, Italian port. Her writing is vivid, inviting readers to experience the sights, smells, and tastes of a city built along the canals in this romantic, historical fiction. The Venice …

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Book Review The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson When I think about characters with blue skin, I immediately assume that I must be reading some sort of fantasy novel. But this book explores the inspired-by-real-life story of the blue-skinned people of Troublesome Creek and Kentucky’s incredibly courageous pack-horse librarians. An intensely original and beautifully researched story …

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The Women of Chateau Lafayette

Book Review The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray An epic saga from bestselling author, Stephanie Dray, this novel is based on the true story of Chateau Lafayette and the three, fierce-hearted women who protect its legacy. About the book: Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women… A founding mother…1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes …

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Surviving Savannah

Book Review Surviving Savannah by Patti Callahan I remember visiting a Titanic exhibit at the Royal Victoria Museum as a teen. Walking amidst the artifacts and recreations, the tragedy came to life in a new way. Blue lights cast across the floor as I clutched a little paper passport — the name of an actual Titanic passenger scrawled across the …

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The Rose Code

Book Review The Rose Code by Kate Quinn Kate Quinn does it again! The Rose Code is a hefty 650+ page read that is so well written and intricately crafted, you don’t want it to end! The premise: It’s 1940 and England finds itself at war against Germany. Three young women answer the call to Bletchley Park — sworn to …

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Things We Didn’t Say

Book Review Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green From 1942 through 1945, more than 400,000 Axis prisoners were shipped to the United States and detained in camps in rural areas across the country. This relatively little-known historical fact acts as the focal point for this impressive debut novel, Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green. About: It’s …

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21 Book Covers With Women Facing Away

The 52 Book Club’s annual challenge is made up of fifty-two fun and unique prompts. Every year, three of these categories are randomly drawn from suggestions made by our 52 Book Club Facebook group members. And one of the 2021 challenge‘s winning categories was “a cover with a woman who is facing away.” This cover trend has been fairly popular …

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

Book Review The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict It’s December 1926 and Agatha Christie has disappeared. For eleven days, England unleashes an unprecedented manhunt. And then, just as mysteriously as she disappeared, she reappears — claiming amnesia. Was it an elaborate stunt to promote her newest book? A hoax? A “fugue” state? Or something more? While we may …

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