Category Archives: Historical Fiction

May 22

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson

Kin by Snorri Kristjansson In my opinion there is nothing better than getting involved in a good historical novel, that is of course unless it is an historical mystery novel. To add to the intrigue the novel is set in Viking times in 970. It is a dark, lively tale that involves members of a […]

May 07

The Shoemaker’s wife

In 1905, young brothers Ciro and Eduardo are taken to the convent of San Nicola by their newly widowed mother. Ciro and Eduardo are robust, healthy mountain boys who know the value of brotherhood, are not afraid of hard work and appreciate the beauty of their village home in the Northern Italian Alps. As the chapters […]

Daughter of Charles I

Daughter of Charles I, by Melanie Clegg. Post by Sandra. This book depicts the life of Henrietta Anne, a princess of England who evaded capture from Oliver Cromwell’s forces and  joined her mother, Henrietta Maria, (the queen of the unfortunate Charles I) at the French court. Henrietta grew up at the French court and subsequently […]

April 26

Manhattan Beach / Jennifer Egan

      Manhattan Beach / Jennifer Egan   I had pretty high expectations of this book as it was recommended by someone whose opinion I highly value. I have to admit I was a bit disappointed – I enjoyed the book, but it was good not great, and as per usual these days a pretty […]

April 23

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood

The Handmaid’s tale by Margaret Atwood   A disturbing dystopia set in the near future where misguided mysogynistic  religious zealots have taken over America, or “Gilead” as it now known, thinking they can right the wrongs of society by returning to the “old values”. Women have become less than chattels are no longer allowed to […]

April 23

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

  The widows of Malabar Hill  by Sujata Massey Bombay, India, 1921. Perveen Mistry has just become one of the first Indian women to graduate from Oxford University with a law degree, and has joined her father’s legal firm in Bombay. Her first assignment is to examine the will of a wealthy Muslim businessman who has […]

Howard’s End by E. M. Forster

E. M Forster’s novel published in 1910 portrays England at the turn of the 20th century. The story is told through the lens of three families and displays the life and attitudes of the middle class, showing the economic extremes of this particular group. Somewhere in the middle of this economic spectrum lies the Schlegel sisters […]

March 21

Restoration / Rose Tremain

Restoration / Rose Tremain   Sir Robert Merivel is the narrator and leading character in this novel. He is a lustful pleasure seeker who likes to think of himself as a man of his time. The “time” is the Restoration period, the early years of the reign of Charles II – hence the title of the novel. […]

March 19

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar

The mermaid and Mrs. Hancock : a history in three volumes / written by Imogen Hermes Gowar. Review submitted by an Elanora library staff member. For something totally different this book has it all. Historical fiction with a twist.  A tale that involves a mermaid, a merchant, a brothel and courtesans in Georgian London. As I write this it […]

The Paris Time Capsule

“The Paris Time Capsule” by Ella Carey is based on an amazing true event. In 2010, an apartment in the ninth arrondissement of Paris was opened by estate assessors after being sealed for approximately seventy years – ever since the start of World War II. The executors of the estate described walking into the apartment […]