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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.

The Witches of St Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Oh my! What a book! What a tale! The Witches of St Petersburg is a book that is filled with both fact and fiction, as we are taken on a fascinating historical...

A Column of Fire by Ken Follett
Posted by Kate Vickers in , .

A Column of Fire is the third and, presumably, final book in Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge saga – a trilogy that has taken us from the humble 12th century beginnings of...

The Flight of the Wren by Orla McAlinden
Posted by Swirl and Thread in , .

Inspired by true events, The Flight of the Wren is a novel by Orla McAlinden and is just published by Red Stag (Mentor Books Ltd). Mixing fact with fiction, this novel, for...

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...