Category Archives: Historical Fiction

miniaturist May 19

The Miniaturist

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. Post by Kyla from the Local Studies library.   This book was selected from the library shelves because of its cover.  If you’re someone who loves miniatures, it’s impossible to walk past a book with an antique dollhouse on the cover. Amsterdam of the 1680s is brought to life as Nella […]

Mornings In Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

Mornings in Jenin This powerful story traces the life journey of four generations of a Palestinian family from the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 until the early 1980s. In doing so, it covers a great many remarkable and confronting events. The book begins just prior to the Nakba of 1948 when a […]

Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry. My magnificent obsession.

  It doesn’t happen often, but when I read a book I really love, it gets under my skin and infects my soul and I live it, breathe it, and preach it until I get it out of my system, or all of my friends and family start avoiding me. It hasn’t happened for a […]

Lonesome Dove (2) – Larry McMurtry

    Lonesome Dove – Larry McMurtry (Pan Books 1986)  Review submitted by Des.   Gus and Call are retired Texas Rangers whiling away their days in the fly speck on the map known as Lonesome Dove. Gus’s time is spent talking – he loves the sound of his own voice, drinking whiskey and visiting […]

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.


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