Historical Fiction

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Desert Angels

Rating: 1.5
Author Patrick Simpson clearly knows a lot about his topic. His book outlines the fate of Native Americans in the inland northwest—present-day eastern Oregon and Washington, and western Idaho.
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The Parachutist's Daughter

Rating: 5
Gabriella is a skilled member of Nokmim, a secret Israeli organization tasked with hunting down and exterminating Nazi war criminals. During a trip to Nicaragua to hunt down war criminal, Friedrich Guderian, Gabriella discovers Father Christian, a missionary priest.
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The Scorpion’s Nest

Rating: 5
The Scorpion’s Nest begins with a secret mission in 1939. It ends with the modern-day descendants of the people involved, while weaving through two opposing espionage groups—an international organization determined to prevent terrorism (but who just might be terrorists themselves), and a relic of the Nazi medical program masquerading as a pharmaceutical company, determined to create worldwide biological weapons available to the highest bidder.
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The Angry Woman Suite

Rating: 4.5
Frances Grayson never quite gets over been raised by the overbearing, obsessive and disturbed women in his family. His demons raise their ugly heads, especially with his stepdaughter Elyse who tries desperately to maintain a sense of ‘normalcy’ for herself and her young sister Bean.
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The Archer Prism: Reflecting Sir John Harrington

Rating: 5
John Harington, author and ambitious courtier in Queen Elizabeth’s court, tells the story of his life, comparing it with that of Jeffrey Archer - jailed politician-turned-successful author.
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White Seed:The Untold Story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke

Rating: 4.5
A group of settlers from England, organized by Sir Walter Raleigh, are charged with landing in the Chesapeake Bay area to establish a colony. A previous expedition in Roanoke ended badly after soldiers beheaded an Indian chief, accusing him of stealing an axe. But the subsequent trip goes awry when the pilot becomes more interested in chasing the Spanish bullion on their ships than completing his mission.
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The Woman at the Well

Rating: 5
This extraordinary historical novel takes place in the Middle East in the time of the Prophet Muhammad with the focus on a man named Khalid ibn al-Walid (aka “The Conqueror”) who never lost a battle, but who struggles daily with his past.
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Since 1959: An Eight Year-old’s Initiation into the World of Cleveland Indians Baseball and Life in the Fifties

Rating: 2
The book follows the fortunes of the Cleveland Indians baseball team in their 1959 pennant race. It opens with eight-year old Andy rising at 5:30AM to retrieve the newspaper (and milk delivered to the door step) and read the “Cleveland Indians starting line up for the 1959 baseball season opener.”
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Rosedale in Love

Rating: 5
Part love story, part lush description of New York social history, Rosedale in Love is a multi-layered look of New York society at the turn of the century from the point-of-view of Jewish characters who are outside of the social strata while completely remaking that world as they enter it.
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An Inconvenient Marriage

Rating: 3
It’s the late 1800s in Virginia, and Sue Lewis, a “spinster” in her early thirties, is hell bent on saving her family’s farm.
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The Hangman’s Daughter

Rating: 4
This absorbing and, at times, gruesomely descriptive story, takes place in a village in Bavaria in 1659, and within a few pages, the reader is transported to the era of witches, hangmen, doctors using herbs for curing fevers and a population of lepers.
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Worlds Apart

Rating: 4
Worlds Apart, by Miriam Sobel, is an engrossing tale of an extended Jewish family, with two brothers in New York City and their sister, brother-in-law, and mother living in Poland.
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Rating: 4
The year is 1898, the place, San Francisco, and Annie Fuller, a young widow whose husband killed himself after losing the couple’s fortune in the stock market, is trying to make a go of it by operating a boarding house she’s inherited from an elderly aunt.
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The Broken Past: A James Buckner Mystery

Rating: 3.5
Set in Prohibition-challenged 1923, Corinth, MO is turned upside down when two murders are discovered the same day.
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More Letters From Pemberley 1814-1819

Rating: 3.5
More Letters From Pemberley is a continuation of Jane Dawkin's first Letters novel. We again find Elizabeth Darcy, at her writing desk. Extending from 1814 to 1819, Elizabeth's letters are no longer that of a homesick young woman finding solace with her younger sister.
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Crazy Bett

Rating: 4
Her name was Elizabeth Van Lew, but her neighbors in Richmond, Virginia, during the Civil War called her Crazy Bett. In fact, Elizabeth ran a Union spy ring in the capital of the Confederacy--pulling it off by posing as a madwoman.
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The Change Artist

Rating: 2.5
The plot transports the reader from modern-day Canada to 1940s Europe, and contains a wide cast of characters, including Nazis, Gypsies and carnival folk, along with more mundane Canadian accountants and lawyers.
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To Love Mercy

Rating: 3.5
To Love Mercy takes place in racially segregated Chicago, circa 1948. Most African-Americans live in poverty, are denied upward mobility, and must deal with the prejudice of white people. The book is filled with authentic detail and prominent figures of the period and nothing is white-washed.
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Letters from Pemberly

Rating: 4
"Letters From Pemberley: The First Year", brings us to the writing desk of newly married Elizabeth Bennet Darcy as she embarks on her first year at Pemberley, the grand estate of her new husband, Fitzwilliam Darcy.
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Rightfully Mine: God's Equal Rights Amendment

Rating: 3
The compelling story of the wandering nation of Israel following their escape from Egypt and 40 years of exile in the desert.
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Lulie

Rating: 4
A strong and loving heroine readers will long remember and admire, and delivers a blissfully satisfying denouement that reaffirms hope and happiness.
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Adam's Daughters

Rating: 3
Part two in The Westward Sagas follows the Mitchell family as it struggles during the time of the Colonial and American Revolution.
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A More Obedient Wife

Rating: 3.5
A series of entertaining fictional diary entries by two wives named Hannah, both married to early Supreme Court Justices.
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The Flower Man's Daughter

Rating: 4.5
A skillfully crafted novel that recounts the C.I.A.-backed violent coup that toppled Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.