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Historical Fiction

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The Sword and the Well

By Ann Chamberlin

Rating:  star star star star star 

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

By Shari Vester

Rating:  star star star star star 

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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The Journey

By John Heldt

Rating:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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:  star star star star star 

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.