Historical Fiction

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A woman falls from grace in: The Confessions of Becky Sharp

Rating: 5
In THE CONFESSIONS OF BECKY SHARP, the protagonist of Thackeray’s “Vanity Fair” recounts her life story.
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Letters from Melite

Rating: 4.5
LETTERS FROM MELITE is a deep dive into medieval history.
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A man struggles for redemption by rescuing jewish refugees in: Before The Court Of Heaven

Rating: 5
A young German nationalist, a collaborator in the assassination of Walter Rathenau, finds healing and redemption in rescuing refugees from the Nazis he once supported.
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Gettysburg 1913

Rating: 4.5
GETTYSBURG 1913 takes place 50 years after the battle, at the Great Reunion of both Union and Confederate veterans, many in their 80s, who came together one last time to commemorate the battle.
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The Immigrant

Rating: 3
A young Scotsman is brought to America as an indentured servant and must build a new life for himself and his family.
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Passing Through Perfect

Rating: 3
Set in the 1950's, PASSING THROUGH PERFECT is the story of Benjamin’s and his family’s struggle to live in a world that looks down on them for the color of their skin. When one of their own is killed in a hit and run and the justice system refuse to convict the white man responsible, the family must rely on their faith to try and build a new life for themselves in the North.
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Witch's Dark

Rating: 5
All is not well in Colonial Massachusetts in 1736.The witches of Salem have become restive, demons prowl the colony and the Rattlesnake Society is challenging the iron fist of the Crown. In order to protect Boston from the spells cast by the witches, Gov. Whitelocke has employed Dr. Ephraim Rush as the colonial Doctor of Magical Sciences.
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Adzul: The Heirs of the Medallion

Rating: 4.5
ADZUL: THE HEIRS OF THE MEDALLION begins some five centuries ago when the Conquistadores destroyed the village of Pattiti in the Peruvian Andes. Adzul, the only survivor, was a young Incan warrior who inherited a strange medallion from his grandfather.
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The Dark Side of Glory

Rating: 2.5
Tasked with writing the biography of a deceased Army veteran, Matthew Clark begins to uncover long-uncovered secrets of the general’s personal life.
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Lake of Slaves

Rating: 3.5
LAKE OF SLAVES is a thoroughly researched historical novel featuring both real and fictional characters centered around a group of British settlers opposed to the slave trade in the 1880s Lake Nyasa region of Africa.
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The Sword and the Well

Rating: 5
Set in the early days of Islam, when Muhammad is dead but still remembered by the living, The Sword and the Well is tale of interwoven tales, each told by one suffering from years of silence.
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Degrees of Courage

Rating: 3.5
This epic story of the lives of three women begins with a death. The loss of her mother in the summer of 1901 redefines the course of Angela’s purpose and the fate of the women who follow.
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Dreaming Annapurna

Rating: 3.5
A young Canadian man tries to save a little Nepali girl from Maoist soldiers.
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Embers at Dawn

Rating: 3.5
Crazy Cat, also known as Lee, also known as Lily, is one of the toughest and baddest outlaws around. Unfortunately, at this current stop, she finds that the marshal already recognizes her. But she has one thing on her side: he's a crooked marshal, brutal and violent and extremely hated by the townsfolk.
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The Strange Birth, Short Life And Sudden Death Of Justice Girl

Rating: 5
THE STRANGE BIRTH, SHORT LIFE AND SUDDEN DEATH OF JUSTICE GIRL is, on first glance, a history of the birth of live television in the mid-50s. Beneath this veneer, it is also the history of America dealing with World War II, Communism and the true meaning of justice in this new society.
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Penelope: A Novel Of New Amsterdam

Rating: 3.5
The concept behind Jim McFarlane's PENELOPE: A NOVEL OF NEW AMSTERDAM is a good one: a noir set in Colonial-era America. Its protagonist is Penelope Kent , an English woman living in Holland and who has just married an Anabaptist, though she is of Separatist upbringing.
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Forevermore

Rating: 3
In FOREVERMORE, author Jim Musgrave tackles one of literatures biggest mysteries: the death of Edgar Allan Poe.
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Come and Take It: Search for the Treasure of the Alamo

Rating: 3.5
At the intersection of race, treasure hunting and barely restrained passion lies COME AND TAKE IT.
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Look Away, Dixieland

Rating: 3
The story of a mother and two daughters, and how their lives change after the death of the mother's abusive husband.
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That Autumn in Edinburgh

Rating: 2.5
Dateline: 250 years later…a contemporary, stand-alone sequel to Ware's historical novel Island of the Swans.
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The Sixth

Rating: 2
Avery Hays’ second novel is ambitious, combining political intrigue and romance with Gertrude Stein’s famous art salon. Hays’ heroine, Florbela Sarmentos, is the Lisbon-born daughter of a revolutionary writer, Hermes Sarmento.
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But By the Chance of War

Rating: 3
BUT BY THE CHANCE OF WAR is an ambitious project indeed- a play in four parts, written in heroic couplets, covering the fall of the Gupta Empire to the invading Huns, the defeat of the Iroquois at the hands of the British, the Battle of Amiens in WWI, and a projected future nuclear apocalypse.
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Shadows and Wings

Rating: 4.5
Lara is a young girl who lives with her mother, her Oma and her Opa on a farm in Australia. Oma and Opa are both immigrants from Germany, and both are kind, loving supports to Lara and her younger sister Jen as they grow to womanhood. But Opa has a shadowy past that no one wants to talk about, and after his death, Lara finds out one reason for the silence.