Category Archives: Historical Fiction Reviews

Burial Rites – Book Review

 

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent.

This novel is a debut and the lady who wrote it is a) younger than me, and b) under 30. So massive props to Hannah Kent. Secondly, this was a manuscript that publishers came to her for. Not vice versa. That’s pretty much unheard of for a debut novel. Incidentally she is Australian and comes from the state of South Australia.

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Throwback Thursday: Circling the Sun – Book Review

 

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

This review is based on an Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) from NetGalley to me:

I just finished reading Circling the Sun, written by Paula McLain – the author of The Paris Wife. Circling the Sun, published by Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine Books with a release date of early to mid July 2015, is based on the life of Beryl Markham (1902 – 1986).

This historical novel begins with Markham’s childhood at age four and continues to when Markham is in her early twenties. This situates McLain’s focus in the book between 1912 to the early 1920s. McLain admits to being “hijacked” by Markham’s life – and I believe her: Circling the Sun is a tremendous book that had me riveted, from beginning to end.

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Surrender to the Marquess – Book Review

 

Surrender to the Marquess by Louise Allen

This is a really intriguing book, above and beyond the charming Regency romance it tells. I found myself thinking about it long after I’d finished, because there’s some really deep stuff in here, far beyond the usual fluff Harlequin romances deliver. Louise Allen really knows her subject, and, Austenesque, she delves far beneath the surface emotions and adds some beautifully subtle depth to the work by examining the social mores of the period. I was genuinely fascinated and I’ll be looking out for more of her work.

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The Queen’s Daughter – Book Review

 

 

The Queen’s Daughter is the first book that I have read about Joan, the daughter of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of the Aquitaine. It is the world where England, France and Toulouse battle each other for lands that are taken and retaken from each over the course of centuries.

If you have seen the mini series, The Tudors or Reign, or have read C.J. Sansom’s historical fiction series set during the reign of Henry VIII, then you are familiar with the court politics and intrigue that engulfed England and France from the time of King William I in 1066 forward. Each generation was taught to fight to expand the reach of their empires, trust no one, and lust after all.

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The Mark of the King – Book Review

 

The Mark of the King
by Jocelyn Green
Release Date: January 3, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian, Romance

SYNOPSIS: After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) – Book Review

 

Book Review of: A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell #1) by Deanna Raybourn

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction

Veronica Speedwell has just buried the last of her benefactress aunts, and is preparing to set off on a new scientific journey.  Though her occupation as a scientist and lepidopterist is extremely suspicious to the general population in 1897, Veronica doesn’t let that slow her down.  Her plans are slightly derailed, however, when just after the funeral she finds herself rescued from a home intruder by a complete stranger who insists she is in danger of being abducted.

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The Other Einstein – Book Review

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

Historical fiction is one of my favourite genres, particularly when it gives us a point of view overlooked by official history. So I was really interested in the premise of The Other Einstein… which tells the story of Albert Einstein’s first wife Mileva Marić, who in 1896 is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich.

She married her charismatic classmate looking forward to a union of equals.  A brilliant physicist in her own right, her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century… but her name has been largely forgotten.

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Edenland – Book Review

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Edenland

Edenland is the evocative title of an evocative novel set in the early days of the US Civil War. Its story plunges us into the Great Dismal Swamp that straddles Virginia and North Carolina, and never quite allows us to escape the treacherous waters that threaten to engulf its protagonists.

The Great Dismal and other swamps were places where runaway slaves could hide from their pursuers. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s second novel, after Uncle Tom’s Cabin, was Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856). Thus, the literary and historical sources of Edenland flow across the years in currents swift, deep and wide.

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Guillaume – Book Review

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Guillaume by Prue Batten – Review

Title – Guillaume (The Triptych Chronicle Book 2)

Author – Prue Batten
Genre – Historical Fiction
Publication – 10th Dec 2016
Pages – 314
My Rating – 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis

The Church – powerful and moneyed.
The Heretics – zealous and poor.
Lyon – a city that might claim to cast the seeds of reformed thinking upon the world.

 

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