Category Archives: Historical Fiction Reviews

A Want of Kindness – Book Review

a want of kindness

 

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

signal flame

 

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

the hamilton affair

 

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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The Help – Book Review

 

Title: The Help

Author:   Kathryn Stockett    

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Set in the 60’s when civil unrest was at its height, Martin Luther King was making his famous speech, and black Americans began to make a stand, even at great personal risk. Jackson, Mississippi is a seat of KKK power, and working coloured people feared for their lives.

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Something Strange and Deadly – Book Review

 

Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
Series: Something Strange and Deadly #1
Rating: 4 stars

Published: July 24th 2012
Goodreads Synopsis:

There’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia. . . .
Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about.

Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper:
The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

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An Untamed Land – Book Review

 

“An Untamed Land” by Lauraine Snelling

Christian values and 1880’s Dakota Territory combine in this inspirational story. Roald and Ingeborg, Carl and Kaaren, two young couples from Norway emigrate together to America in order to take advantage of the homesteading opportunities in North Dakota.

Just getting there almost costs Kaaren her life, but they have been researching and planning for this trip for years and are ready to hit the ground running when they arrive.

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