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Historical Fiction

You can view our entire archive of book reviews further down the page, or go direct to your preferred genre using the list below. If you would like to submit a book review of your own to be considered for publication, you can do so here.

Becoming Belle by Nuala O’Connor
Posted by Helena Mulkerns in , .

In this, the second literary foray into Victorian times for Nuala O’Connor, the author has created a splendid, loveable heroine who brings to life the spirit of an age.  In...

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter ~ ‘From Cork to Rhode Island, can a young Irish girl find home…..and herself?’ A truly gorgeous book. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter totally lived up to my...

The House Across the Street by Lesley Pearse
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , , .

‘A compelling, page-turning insight from Lesley Pearse into the secrets of domestic life in a suburban avenue in 1960.’ The House Across the Street takes the reader back to the 1960s....

A Gathering of Ghosts by Karen Maitland
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘You’ll need more than a sword to protect you up there. Other side of that priory stands the most accursed hill on the whole moor. You can hear the dead...

Mr Peacock’s Possessions by Lydia Syson
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Oceania 1879. An intrepid family of settlers from New Zealand are determined to make a remote volcanic island their own.’ Mr Peacock’s Possessions is a novel written by Lydia Syson. After...

Letters from Alice by Petrina Banfield
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Two women. One secret. Will they be able to keep it under wraps?’ Letters from Alice is a novel by Petrina Banfield. Published in August 2018 by Harper Element, it is...

Last Letter from Istanbul by Lucy Foley
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Described as ‘an epic story that vividly captures the heartbreaking turmoil of forbidden love, against a richly drawn backdrop of a legendary city steeped in history and myth.’ Last Letter from...

Mrs Hemingway by Naomi Wood
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘To lose his ability to write was to have lost the ability to clear his mind of itself.’ Mrs Hemingway is the gloriously heartbreaking novel from Naomi Wood, originally published in...

Mrs Whistler by Matthew Plampin
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘Who is Maud Franklin? Model. Muse. Mother. And expected to play her part.’ Mrs Whistler is a novel by art historian and author Matthew Plampin. Published on 3rd May 2018 by...

The Story Keeper by Anna Mazzola
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

‘First the land was taken. Then the stories. Then the girls.’ The Story Keeper is the second novel from Anna Mazzola, following on from the success of her debut The Unseeing. Described...

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