Category Archives: Historical fiction

“The sewing machine” by Natalie Fergie

“The sewing machine has provided work in manufacture, eased work in the home and facilitated work when there was none to be had.” A well researched historical novel that alternates between several timelines. 1911 Clydebank, Scotland where we meet an … Continue reading

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“The secret life of Mrs. London” by Rebecca Rosenberg (spotlight #blogtour)

2018 BEST NEW NOVEL nominee! I’m so happy to be included in the blog tour for the historical novel “The secret life of Mrs. London“. which reveals the love triangle between Houdini, Charmian and Jack London. Only one woman could … Continue reading

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“The Possible World” by Liese O’Halloran Schwarz

“An astonishing, deeply moving novel about the converging lives of a young boy who witnesses a brutal crime, the doctor who tends to him, and a woman guarding her long-buried past.”Heart-breaking, heart-warming, and compelling literary fiction. This book is a … Continue reading

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“Dear Mrs. Bird” by A.J. Pearce

Set during the London Blitz in 1940-41, you’d expect a dark and dour novel but this couldn’t be farther from the truth.  It was a happy/sad book that highlighted the indomitable and resilient spirit of Londoners during the time, yet … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday: May 24, 2018 #TBT #BookReview

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favorites. This week I’ve chosen “Playing with fire” by Tess Gerritsen for my Throwback Thursday post. It was first published in October 2015 by Ballantine Books and was, for me, … Continue reading

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“The yellow house” by Patricia Falvey

For the 4th title of my Reading Ireland Month challenge, I chose a book that has been on my Kindle for a couple of years.  It is a debut novel steeped in Irish history and peopled with unforgettable characters. “Indeed, … Continue reading

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“How to stop time” by Matt Haig

“Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen it all. As … Continue reading

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20 Questions with Rebecca Stonehill

Today I’m delighted to welcome Rebecca Stonehill to Fictionophile. Rebecca has had numerous short stories published over the years, for example in Vintage Script, What the Dickens magazine, Ariadne’s Thread and Prole Books. Rebecca is the author of The Poet’s … Continue reading

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“Abigale Hall” by Lauren A. Forry

Blurb: Amid the terror the Blitz in the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, losing their mother to German bombs and their father to suicide. But when they are forced … Continue reading

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“The Alphabet House” by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Confession time…. this novel has been on my TBR a long time.  It is the title that has been on my NetGalley shelf the longest. The reason I requested it was solely on the basis of the author as I … Continue reading

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“A place called Winter” by Patrick Gale

I had no idea what to expect when I began this novel. At first it didn’t seem like it had anything to do with the blurb I read, as the first pages were an account of the horrific way the … Continue reading

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“The long drop” by Denise Mina

“The Long Drop is a re-imagining of the Peter Manual trial and of the drunken night two men spent carousing in Glasgow.” Ever since I read the fantastic “Garnethill” I have been a devout fan of Denise Mina. This time … Continue reading

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“Beyond the wild river” by Sarah Maine

“Beyond the wild river” has two distinct timelines. A short one in 1888 in Scotland and the other larger one five years later in the United States and Canada.  Set during a time when class and gender were a greater … Continue reading

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“Entry Island” by Peter May

Part present day crime novel, and part historical novel “Entry Island“ is set alternately in the present day on the Magdalen islands, and hundreds of years ago in the Hebrides. Peter May has written a memorable novel that will resonate … Continue reading

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“Delivering the truth” by Edith Maxwell

Nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel  Blurb from Goodreads: Quaker midwife Rose Carroll hears secrets and keeps con­fi­dences as she attends births of the rich and poor alike in an 1888 Massachusetts mill town. When the town’s … Continue reading

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