Category Archives: Historical Fiction Reviews

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – Book Review

 

I often feel like there are some books that you might hate and not finish when you’re at one stage in your life but then you come across it when you’re in a totally different headspace, and you’ll end up liking it.

This is one of those books.

I’ve bought (and returned) The Miniaturist before and my first opinion was that it did not deserve all the hype that it had when it was released. Overrated may have been my opinion at the time. I could not get past the first chapter. So I eventually gave up and went back to my local bookstore to exchange it for a romance novel. This was 3 years ago when I was still starting to expand my horizons as a reader.

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Copper Sun – Book Review

 

Copper Sun by Sharon Draper

5/5 Stars

Amari is just fifteen when strange men appear in her village. They do not look like any people she’s ever seen. Their skin is pale, nearly white, they carry strange sticks and speak a language unlike those she has ever heard. Amari is first weary of these men but soon welcomes them with open arms like her fellow villagers, seeing as they are accompanied by neighboring tribesmen.

A night of celebration soon turns into one of anguish as the visitors wreak havoc on Amari’s village. Murdering many and keeping only those they see as able-bodied, Amari finds herself taken aboard on a slave ship heading to the Carolinas. There, she is sold as a birthday present for her new “master’s” sixteen-year-old son.

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Editorial Review – Choose: Snakes or Ladders

 

Title: Choose: Snakes or Ladders

Author: Sally Forest

Genre: Literary Fiction

This rich, sensually-driven literary novel takes readers back to the 1950s, when women were just starting to enter the work-force alongside men on a more regular basis. The story follows Mitty Bedford, a typist who recently graduated with her certificate and has landed a job in the real world. Living on her own for the first time, she embarks on a journey of self-exploration in life, love, and her own sexuality.

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A Want of Kindness – Book Review

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A Want of Kindness by Joanne Limburg

Opening on her childhood, this book tells the story of Anne, the niece of the King of England in the 1600’s, up til she takes the throne herself in the line of succession. She’s a woman aware of her place, who loves her older, bossy sister Mary and who has been raised a protestant, in spite of her father remaining a catholic. She barely remembers her mother, who has died, but gets along fine with her stepmother, until her father takes the throne.

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The Signal Flame – Book Review

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The Signal Flame by Andrew Krivák

Set in a small town in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains in 1972, The Signal Flame is a lyrical, quietly beautiful novel about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War. The family has just lost their patriarch, Jozef Vinch, who survived WWI as an Austro-Hungarian conscript and travelled to American to build a life for his family.

If you have read The Sojourn you are already aware of Jozef Vinch, and of the power of Krivák’s writing – but this is not a sequel per se, and knowledge of the events of The Sojourn is not necessary.

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Throwback Thursday – The Hamilton Affair

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Throwback Thursday is a series where we take a look back at some of BRD’s most popular posts. Enjoy!

The Hamilton Affair

Synopsis:

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette,The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending—his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

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And I Darken – Book Review

 

There has been so much hype around this book, and that scared me at first because most of the time when a book has a lot of hype surrounding it, it doesn’t live up to it. But OMG did this book meet the mark. This was one of the books that took me weeks to read because I was savoring every last bit of it.

496 Pages

Release date: June 28th 2016

Series: The Conquerors Saga #1

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The Wonder – Book Review

 

The Wonder, by Emma Donoghue

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (September 20, 2016)
Reading Sara Rating: 8/10; Good book! (seriously, good!)

Reading Sara Review: This book varied so much from Donoghue’s novel Room that without knowing the author previously, it would have been impossible to tell that they are written by the same author. This is not a bad thing by any means, it shows the range that Donoghue has in her writing skill.

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From a Paris Balcony – Book Review

 

Title:          From a Paris Balcony
Author:        Ella Carey
Publishers:     Lake Union Publishing  (October 11, 2016)
Format:          Kindle, Paperback
Pages:             290
Genre:           Fiction – Contemporary/Romance

 

What’s it about?

“From a Paris Balcony” tells the stories of two women from two different centuries, both lost. Louisa Duval (nee West) longed for freedom and independence in conservative 19th century Europe, while Sarah West longed for the husband and family she would now not have.

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The Paper Magician – Book Review

 

I read The Paper Magician basically in two days. I got the Kindle version, probably at some kind of a discount because that’s the only time I buy ebooks. I was drawn to the artful cover of the book, with the woman in her Mary Poppins-style dress and umbrella. Knowing nothing about the book going into it, I was pleased to find a cleverly-crafted tale about Ceony (how do you pronounce that?

Does it rhyme with “peony” or is more like “Coney” like Coney Island?), a young girl who is sent off to be a magician’s apprentice with a mysterious man named Emery Thane. She’s to apprentice in paper magic, which was not her first choice, but due to a dwindling number of paper magicians in the world, she’s forced into the craft.

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