Historical fiction novels take place in the past. Written with a careful balance of research and creativity, they transport readers to another time and place—which can be real, imagined, or a combination of both. Many historical novels tell stories that involve actual historical figures or historical events within historical settings.
Book Review: We Hope for Better Things
Having previously read three books by this author, I trusted her storytelling skills to thread together three stories set in different times - the American civil war, 1967 Detroit riots, and present day.
Book Review: Nunslinger Book Three: A Pilgrim and a Stranger
Episode three keeps the tension high and the situation dismal. Abe and Sister Josephine are battling their toughest enemy yet - winter in the Sierra Nevada mountains. But at least they have a…
Book Review: A Most Agreeable Murder
A Most Agreeable Murder by Julia Seales My rating: 5 of 5 stars A wickedly witty sendup of Regency and Victorian era novels, with a splash of Clue (the movie) thrown in for…
Book Review: Nunslinger Book Two: The Good, the Bad and the Penitent
Nunslinger Book 2: The Good, the Bad and the Penitent by Stark Holborn My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sister Thomas Josephine’s adventure’s continue in Book Two of the Nunslinger saga. As always,…
Book Review: Acorn
I've been a dedicated reader of the Magnificent Devices series ever since the beginning. It's always fun when a new volume arrives, and Acorn is no exception.
Book Review: Nunslinger, Book One
This rousing story is written in colorful, authentic language that easily coaxes mental imagery in the reader's mind.
- Action and Adventure, Book Review, Coming of Age, Detective and Mystery, Dystopian, Historical Fiction, Realist Fiction, Suspense and Thriller, Young Adult
Book Review: Back in the USSR
The back-cover synopsis had me lunging for this book, which I easily read in just a couple of evenings. It's quite the page-turner! Now, I'm not going to write a book report describing…
Book Review: Keeper of Enchanted Rooms
This is a book I probably shouldn't have liked... but in spite of that fact, I *loved* it.
Book Review: Advanced Triggernometry
Full disclosure/confession: I failed Algebra in high school. From 1st grade right on up through high school, I struggled to hang onto a barely-passing D in anything pertaining to math of any sort.…
Book Review: The Emperor’s Aeronaut
As a long-time reader of Shelley Adina's Victorian era steampunk adventures, I'll admit I was a bit hesitant to step into the Regency era with her. I was also unfamiliar with R.E. Scott's…
Book Review: Signal Moon
A couple of decades ago I was sitting in my car, parked at the side of the road next to a bus stop in the middle of nowhere, waiting for the bus to…
Book Review: Triggernometry
The clever title word caught my attention, and the teaser blurb had me lunging for the 'buy' button. But as a lifelong Mathophobic, I wondered if I'd be able to really get into…
Book Review: The Professor Wore Prussian Blue
It's hard to believe we've come to the end of this wild and twisty Victorianish-steampunky adventure, following along with Freddie and Daisy Linden and their friends as they searched for their missing father,…
Book Review: Hard Times
Finishing this book is a great example of "Hard Times". I started it just before Halloween, 2021, and just finished it last night.
- Black Authors, Book Review, Coming of Age, Historical Fiction, Realist Fiction, Womens Literature, Young Adult
Book Review: Flygirl
I expected to like this book, as it deals with topics dear to my heart. I enjoy learning more about the lives of those who experienced World War II, and as a woman,…
Book Review: The Official Peaky Blinders Cookbook
The Official Peaky Blinders Cookbook pays homage to the eccentricities of dining during the interwar years, honing in on British fare of the 1920's as imagined by the drama series, Peaky Blinders..
Book Review: Defy or Defend
By far my favorite of the Delightfully Deadly series! I gobbled this one up in no time and could easily have spent another two wacky weeks with the Supernatural and Spy Sets.
Book Review: Poison or Protect
Poison or Protect by Gail Carriger My rating: 4 of 5 stars “After four marriages, and four deaths, she had everything in life a woman might desire: titled position, swollen coffers, the freedom…
Book Review: The Secrets of Elloughton Park
Ideally, this book should be read while propped up on a pile of pillows, under an afghan, with hot tea close at hand.
Book Review: Ambush or Adore
Ambush or Adore by Gail Carriger My rating: 3 of 5 stars I highly recommend that you read Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series before reading the three stories that make up the Delightfully…
Book Review: The Keeper of Happy Endings
Where to even start writing this review??? Perhaps with my frustration that I can't give the book ten stars!
Book Review: The Lighthouse Witches
If you are looking for a spooky, atmospheric Halloween-season read, you are in luck.
Book Review: There Is No Lovely End
This is a ghost story, make no mistake about it. But these ghosts don't behave as you'd expect them to.
Book Review: Hell of a Book
How do I even start describing the most powerful book I’ve read in years? I know I won’t be giving you a synopsis of the story. If you’re hoping for a clear-cut, concisely…
Book Review: Gwynn Place
This short story is the fourth and final book of the “Manor House” tales. To read all my reviews for the Manor House series, here are the links. Book One: Carrick House ~…
Book Review: Holly Cottage
Holly Cottage: A short steampunk adventure by Shelley Adina My rating: 5 of 5 stars The third of four “Manor House” tales, Holly Cottage may be a short story, but I believe it…
Book Review: Selwyn Place
Selwyn Place: A short steampunk adventure by Shelley Adina My rating: 5 of 5 stars Selwyn Place is the second of four “Manor House” short stories. The series makes a fine introductory ‘taste…
Book Review: Carrick House
Carrick House: A short steampunk adventure by Shelley Adina My rating: 5 of 5 stars I recently finished reading the fifth book in the Mysterious Devices saga, The Judge Wore Lamp Black, which…
Book Review: The Judge Wore Lamp Black
The Judge Wore Lamp Black: Mysterious Devices 5 by Shelley Adina My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve eagerly anticipated book five in the Mysterious Devices mystery series. After traveling around the Americas…
Book Review: Dead Dead Girls
Dead Dead Girls by Nekesa AfiaMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This can’t-put-it-down novel gives a vintage twist to the ‘ordinary citizen teams up with police to fight crime’ trope. But while that…