Category Archives: Historical Fiction

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 19)

Hilary Mantel is an impressive writer and she proves this again in The Mirror and the Light, the last book in her series on Thomas Cromwell. It was such a strange experience to move from a very negative and antagonistic … Continue reading

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What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 17)

As I have mentioned previously, I have been very reluctant to read any books by new authors during this pandemic, sticking instead to those who I know are reliable. But recently, either because of Amazon’s seductive emails offering discount prices … Continue reading

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The Storyteller’s Secret by Sejal Bedani (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 10

Courage. Strength. Resilience. These are all words we are hearing more and more these days, but what they mean can look so different in different circumstances. Badani seems to instinctively know that and in this quiet but powerful book, she … Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Lair by Sharon Kay Penman (Books to Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

I find myself going back to tried and true authors during this pandemic. Maybe its because everything is so chaotic right now that I am less willing to experiment with a new author, or maybe its because I know that … Continue reading

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The Alice Network by Kate Quinn (Books To Read During a Pandemic, Part 8)

After reading The Huntress by Kate Quinn, I couldn’t resist reading her next novel, The Alice Network. Set against the back drop of WWII this is a novel that reveals the efforts of  the intrepid women who spied against the … Continue reading

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Inland by Téa Obreht (Books to Read During a Pandemic part 7)

After six weeks of offering multiple books, genres and series to keep you occupied during a pandemic, today I am returning to my regular format of offering one book that I have read recently. I read Téa Obreht’s The Tiger … Continue reading

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This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Years ago I read a novel called Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, which was a becoming of age story about a young man who in the course of one summer is confronted with lies, betrayal and murder and yet … Continue reading

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The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

On the island of Jeju in S. Korea there are female divers called the haenyeo. They support their families by free diving, holding their breath between 1-2 minutes and diving 20 to 40 feet below the water, to harvest seaweed, … Continue reading

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Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Deep in the marshes and bayous near Barkley Cove, North Carolina is where the “Marsh Girl” lived. The people of the town knew of her-the abandoned girl named Kya Clark, who lived in a ramshackle hut that was only accessible … Continue reading

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The William Marshall Series by Elizabeth Chadwick

William Marshall is known historically as England’s greatest knight. A skillful swordsman and warrior who was able to elicit unwavering loyalty from the men who followed him, Marshall was an acknowledged leader of his time. He also became a skillful … Continue reading

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