Historical Fiction | Reviews

radio girls
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Radio Girls

RADIO GIRLS Sarah-Jane Stratford blends facts with fiction in Radio Girls, a novel describing the earliest days of the British Broadcasting Company (years before it

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Nefertiti Book of the Dead
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead

NEFERTITI: THE BOOK OF THE DEAD Recently, I’ve noticed that contemporary authors—especially mystery and thriller writers—are publishing more and more trilogies. Perhaps that suits our

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Caleb's Crossing
Fiction
Ann Ronald

Caleb’s Crossing — Unknown history

CALEB’S CROSSING Caleb’s Crossing illustrates Geraldine Brooks’ affinity for little-known historical characters whose nearly-anonymous lives can be enhanced by her fictional imagination. Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the

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Lilac Girls
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

Lilac Girls

LILAC GIRLS Lilac Girls sweeps through the mid-twentieth century international scene with both breadth and depth. Martha Hall Kelly’s novel features three women—a New York

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The Lucky Ones
Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Lucky Ones

THE LUCKY ONES The cover of Julianne Pachico’s The Lucky Ones calls the book “a tense and haunting jigsaw puzzle of a novel.” A jigsaw

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Willing Victim

A WILLING VICTIM This time Sunny handed me the fourth book in a detective series, so I felt like I was starting in the middle.

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Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Slave Old Man

SLAVE OLD MAN The books I often find most difficult to review are those recommended by someone whose suggestions are not taken lightly. So, on

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Fiction
Ann Ronald

Eliza Waite

ELIZA WAITE Isolated on a tiny San Juan Island after her husband and son die during a smallpox epidemic, Eliza Waite tries to make the

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Historical Fiction
Sunny Solomon

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

LILIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK Most everyone who has read and commented on “Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk” uses the word charming at least once.

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

November Road

NOVEMBER ROAD To appreciate Lou Berney’s novel, November Road, you have to reimagine November 22, 1963. First, you must discard much of what you know

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

The Atomic City Girls

THE ATOMIC CITY GIRLS Because my reading and research interests have centered on Los Alamos and the Nevada Test Site, my knowledge of the Oak

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RIVER OF LOST SOULS
Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

River of Lost Souls

RIVER OF LOST SOULS The Animas River, Jonathan P. Thompson’s “river of lost souls,” rises on the steep slopes above Silverton, Colorado, flows south through

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