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Historical Fiction

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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.

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Scent of Triumph

By Jan Moran

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

SCENT OF TRIUMPH follows the adventures of Danielle Bretancourt, a young part-Jewish Frenchwoman married to a German aristocrat in Poland who becomes a refugee when the Nazis invade Poland, and then again when France falls.

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Coyote Winds

By Helen Sedwick

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Moving between two places and times, COYOTE WINDS tells the stories of thirteen-year-old Myles Vincent in 1930 and Andy Vincent-McKay in 2002.

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The Luck of the Weissensteiners

By Christoph Fischer

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Beginning in Bratislava in 1933, this story of historical fiction follows various civilians through the lead-up, duration, and aftermath of World War II.

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No City for Dreaming

By Don O'Melveny

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Ambition and scandal center the work. It is is August, 1962. The dreams of failed screenwriter, Lou Beach, aspiring actress Cherie Winters and former A list director, Aaron Townes, cross paths