Category Archives: Historical Fiction

cousin rachel October 09

My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier. Post by Jenni. Deliciously suspenseful and ambiguous, this is a fabulous exercise in uncertainty, employing the unreliable narrator as a tool for our doubts. Philip is a limited, misogynistic, sheltered young man of 24 who has lived with his confirmed bachelor uncle, Ambrose, all through the life he remembers, […]

The Truth according to us August 21

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Queen knows the Truth According to Us

Annie Barrows, co-author of the international best-selling The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, will be visiting Gold Coast Libraries next week. Annie will be talking about her new book, The Truth According to Us on Tuesday 25 August. Set in 1938, in West Virginia, and peopled with exquisitely drawn characters, this novel is […]

theft  of life August 08

Reading journal 4: more history and mystery

Here are six historical mysteries that I read six months ago and have been dreadfully delayed in reviewing.

The cause for that is partly, but not entirely, that I channel my inner grumpy reader in reviewing and only one of the six makes the grade…

and only to deceive August 06

And Only to Deceive

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander Tasha Alexander’s Lady Emily series are beautifully written romantic historical thrillers, with meticulous research, intricate plots, a feisty intelligent heroine, and an engaging emotional tone that make Emily and her dashing secret agent husband Colin seem real. Immerse yourself in Victorian-era London, then take the Grand Tour with Lady […]

Amy August 01

July Online eBook Club Wrap-up – Amy

*Note: This discussion contains spoilers*

Amy by Peggy Savage, is the story of a female Doctor who loses her medical licence on the outbreak of World War I. In response she goes to France as an orderly determined to get her medical licence back and clear her name.

Templars_on_Stake_02 July 06

The Iron King by Maurice Druon – Book club discussion questions

“Too young to fear or even imagine death, they would not hesitate to distribute it around them.”

Amy July 01

July Online ebook club – Amy by Peggy Savage

This month we’re looking at a lesser-known novel for our online ebook club, Amy by Peggy Savage. Dr Amy Richmond, after being falsely accused and struck off the medical register travels to France to work as an orderly during World War I. She is hoping to rebuild her reputation and regain her medical licence. It is amongst the suffering of the first world war that Amy discovers the meaning of sacrifice, hope and love.

There’ll Be Blue Skies by Ellie Dean

There’ll Be Blue Skies is a delightful read set in war time England with vivid details of that period. The characters are endearing and interesting, there is 16 year old Sally and her younger brother Ernie who has been struck down with Polio from an early age.  With dad being away at war and mum […]

The Other side of paradise

The Other side of paradise by Margaret Mayhew is a light read. Set just prior and during the fall of Singapore, the novel tells the story of well-to-do-privileged Susan Roper and her family. Susan lives in a colonial bubble enjoying pretty clothes, parties, socialising and flirting with young lads and frequent marriage proposals. She meets a young […]

IMG_0774 June 13

8 ways to make history come alive

History isn’t about memorising names and dates and events.

Here are 8 tips on how to make history come alive:


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