Category Archives: Historical Fiction

winter of the world March 10

Winter of the World

Winter of the World by Ken Follett. Post by Robyn55. I should title this review “How could I not have known!” Ken Follett had been mentioned to me as someone who wrote good books but for some reason I paid no attention – until this Christmas… Looking for a hefty read to allow me to mainly ignore the […]

One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude  Gabriel García Márquez This is the multi-generational story of the Buendía family who live in the town of Macondo, Colombia, South America. Considered to be the author’s masterpiece, it has been translated into thirty-seven languages and has sold more than 30 million copies.  Through the story of the Buendías the author […]


Jennifer Donnelly depicts an epic three part historical saga which begins its journey in East London, 1888. An old-fashioned story instilled with a modern sensibility of family destruction, revenge and murder, and the unceasing battle for love to triumph. The tale follows a hopeful Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, who aspires to […]

Ocean Child by Tamara McKinley

Ocean Child is set in the 1920’s; its about Lulu Pearson, who, as a young girl, was taken from Tasmania back to England by her aging Aunt. However, there is a family secret – a scandal which is revealed through the current life of Lulu, and the reminiscences of her elderly Aunt Clarice. Lulu’s future […]

history February 14

Reading journal 1: history, mystery, rinse and repeat

I’m kicking off my year of reading with reviews for six novels that are all historical fiction and some historical crime.
If you love history and mystery, read on…

Burial Rites January 13

Burial Rites Book club Discussion Questions

Burial Rites is a fictional account of the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last woman executed in Iceland. Agnes is convicted of the murder of her employer and his acquaintance and is sent to live with a farming family pending her execution. The family are fearful and hostile toward her but become closer to her as the story progresses.

Hunting Midnight – Richard Zimler

Hunting Midnight is a gripping historical fiction set in the early nineteenth century in Portugal.  A young boy is in ignorance of his Jewish heritage due to centuries of persecution against Jews across the Iberian Peninsula.  John  Zarco Stewart lives happily, greatly loved by his mother and father in the community of secret Jews.   The boy is hot-headed, impetuous, often in trouble and […]

November online ebook club wrap-up – The Book Thief

If I love a book, I usually avoid reading it twice out of fear that age and life experience will prompt me to hate it on the second reading. So I knew I was taking a risk in setting The Book Thief as our November online ebook club book of the month. I first read this when it was released in 2006 and loved it. I finished it for the second time last night and surprisingly loved it just as much, but for slightly different reasons.

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November online ebook club – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

After a couple of months of non-fiction, this month we are going to read a work of fiction. The Book Thief is Australian author Markus Zusak’s bestselling novel about Liesel Meminger, a young girl growing up in Germany during World War II. Liesel is sent to live with foster parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann after her father is presumably taken away for being a communist and her mother cannot care for her and her brother. Her brother dies on the journey to their new home and Liesel is left alone. At her brother’s funeral, Liesel steals her first book and continues the thievery in her new town. Helped by her foster father, Hans, who teaches her to read Leisel develops a love of books and words.

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Should You Read a Book About Neil Patrick Harris? If You Answer Yes Click Here to Learn More

You are reading the Bookcoasters website homepage. You initially wanted to search for something but have found typing in  faint grey letters on an ocean background in the search box hard to see what you are typing, you’ve made a few typos and have given up. You really wanted something good to read but you’re sick of the […]


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