Historical Fiction | Reviews

The Giver of Stars
Books on books
Sunny Solomon

The Giver of Stars

THE GIVER OF STARS What a joyful New Year’s celebration to wildly and enthusiastically recommend British writer Jojo Moyes’s latest book, “The Giver of Stars.”

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The Underground Railroad
Authors of color
Sunny Solomon

The Underground Railroad

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD Is it true that Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad “traces the terrible wounds of slavery,” as Michael Schaub wrote

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Historical Fiction
Ann Ronald

A Single Spy

A SINGLE SPY Writing A Single Spy, William Christie turns a historical footnote into a complicated novel of international intrigue.  That footnote, found in Professor

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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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