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Historical Fiction

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The Journey

By John Heldt

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

A woman gets accidentally sent back in time, and tries to help her younger self find a better future.

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Dreaming Annapurna

By Leon David Dunn

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

A young Canadian man tries to save a little Nepali girl from Maoist soldiers.

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Embers at Dawn

By J.C. Loen

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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

By Julian David Stone

Rating: ★★★★★ 

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

By Jim McFarlane

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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

By Jim Musgrave

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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

By Dee Kelly, Jr.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

At the intersection of race, treasure hunting and barely restrained passion lies COME AND TAKE IT.

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Look Away, Dixieland

By Marona Posey

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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

By Ciji Ware

Rating: ★★½☆☆ 

Dateline: 250 years later…a contemporary, stand-alone sequel to Ware’s historical novel Island of the Swans.

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The Sixth

By Avery Hays

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

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

By Richard C. Lyons

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

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

By Niki Tulk

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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.