Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Last Duchess

The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden. Post by Sandra Taylor. The Last Duchess by Jenny Barden is a wonderful descriptive novel of early tudor England and the very different conditions encountered by the early settlers at Ronoake Island in the New World.  The story follows the adventures of Emme, a lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I […]

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Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings

Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings The naked body of a young girl is found in a backstreet of Toronto in the middle of the winter in 1895, and Detective William Murdoch is on the case.  Murdoch’s enthusiasm for unconventional methods bring him into conflict with his superior officer, Inspector Brackenreid, but his perseverance and […]

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The ways of the world by Robert Goddard

  The ways of the world by Robert Goddard This is book one of a trilogy, and I found it intelligent and well-written, with a great sense of place. I think that the trilogy format has enabled Robert Goddard to construct a detailed and intricate plot, and include the period details and characterizations which create […]

Want to be Invisible July 24

Invisible Man Fiction, Love to Be Invisible! You May Not After Reading/Watching These!

Since you were a kid you’ve dreamt of nothing better than being able to be in the same room as that certain someone you like as they get undressed with them having no idea you’re even there. Or maybe as you go older you wanted to listen in on confidential conversations, get stock or business […]

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Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry

  Posted by Neen I find that Anne Perry’s books are a bit like a box of good chocolates – you just can’t stop at one, which is why I had to read Revenge in a Cold River. It’s no. 22 in the William Monk series, and I’ve read all the others. Her meticulous research, complex plots, and […]

The Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding.  This is a beautiful tale of love and family centred around the events of a mother and daughter in the city of Nagasaki before and after the atomic bomb exploded and decimated the city in 1944. Jackie Copleton has perfectly captured the quiet humility and restrained nature of her characters as […]

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The dressmaker of Dachau by Mary Chamberlain

The dressmaker of Dachau is an intriguing story, a real page turner. A historical fiction novel about a talented English dressmaker who gets caught up in Germany during World War 2.   Her naivety leads her to an ill fated romance with Stanilaus an Austrian aristocrat who takes her to Paris and abandons her when war […]

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Colossus By Colin Falconer

 Post by Kezza G. This is an alternate history that features Alexander the Great and his campaign to rule the world. Majestic, enormous and confrontational, Colossus is a war elephant, drafted into the army of Alexander the Great as he pillages and plunders entire cities in his quest to be the ultimate and only ruler of […]

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Longbourn by Jo Baker

Longbourn is the story of  Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the Bennet’s servants. While Elizabeth runs carefree through a muddy field, it is the servant, Sara, who has to wash her petticoats and remove the stains. When the girls are invited to parties it is the mysterious footman, James who takes them there and waits […]

The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne

Written by Scottish author R.M. Ballantyne in 1858, The Coral Island is a classic adventure story which has stood the test of time. In view of the fact that it was written in the 19th century, the story for me is very entertaining. The language is certainly more formal and in keeping with its day, […]