Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland

The Shadow Queen by Sandra Gulland. This wonderful novel by celebrated author Sandra Gulland of The Josephine Trilogy tells the complex tale of the early years of the life of Claude des Oeillets. This is a great novel which I enjoyed reading. Claude des Oeillets was a personal assistant to Madame de Montespan during the […]

The Lost Duchess

The Lost Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early Tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Roanoke Island in the New World. The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I and an adventurer sailor, Kit, who has decided to make […]

The White Queen

Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction novel has been adapted for tv but does it bring history to life like her book have? The White Queen is set during the War of the Roses with the Houses of Lancaster & York battleing for the English throne. The novel has a focal romantic setting as the two sides struggle for ultimate power. […]

The Light Between Oceans by M.L.Stedman Book Club Kit Discussion Questions

  The Light Between Oceans  is available as one of the Gold Coast Libraries’ Book Club Kits. **Please be aware that book discussion questions may contain spoilers** Synopsis: Imagine it is 1926 and you are living on a remote island off Western Australia, manning a lighthouse. It would have many problems involving loneliness, lack of […]

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July online ebook club – And the mountains echoed by Khaled Hosseini

This month we reading And the mountains echoed by Khaled Husseini. Hosseini achieved a huge following with his first two novels, The Kite Runner and A thousand splendid suns so it will be interesting to see if his his third novel has the same impact. And the mountains echoed is the story of Abdullah and […]

June online ebook club wrap-up: The secret keeper

This month we looked at The secret keeper by Kate Morton as part of our online ebook club. The story begins when 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson witnesses a shocking event which shapes the way she sees her mother and unusually happy family. Fifty years later Laurel’s mother, Dorothy, is on her death bed and Laurel decides […]

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June online ebook club – The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

In this month’s online ebook club, we will be looking at historical fiction with Kate Morton’s The secret keeper. The secret keeper begins in 1961, when 16-year-old Laurel Nicholson sits in her childhood treehouse at a family party, dreaming of the future. Before the afternoon is over, Laurel witnesses a shocking crime which haunts her […]

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Make time for Tapestry

Looking for something fabulous to read? Love historical fiction, Jacobites, romance, ley lines, fantasy fiction, Scotland, adventure, the 1970s and Uluru? Well, who doesn’t? Anyway, look no further – I’ve found the perfect book for you.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I resisted reading Jane Eyre for a great many years. Mostly because it was a cliché favourite classic among nerdy girls and I wanted to pretend I wasn’t one. I was more interested in devouring the stories written by self-centred men who went on travel rampages and alcoholic binges around the US and Europe. I […]

“The Eternal Wonder” by Pearl S Buck

Highly recommended! Easy to read and totally absorbing! “The Eternal Wonder” is the story from a woman who lived an extraordinary life; Buck was the daughter of missionaries in China. Pearl married a missionary and they travelled extensively throughout China. Husband and wife taught at a Nanjing university. In 1934 they left China. Missing for […]


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