Book Club, Fiction, Historical

Circe by Madeline Miller

I am, admittedly, very late to the Madeline Miller party. Which is incredibly embarrassing, given the chance that I had to be early. As part of the latest round of book club selections, this is one that has been sitting on my shelf as an ARC from late 2017, a signed ARC no less, that… Continue reading Circe by Madeline Miller

Fiction, Historical

Winterland by Rae Meadows

It's always hard to decide which book should kick off a new year of reviews, but this year Winterland seemed like an obvious choice. It came out at the end of November, I had read it on a bright sunny beach in the Bahamas in October, and I've been talking about it constantly at the… Continue reading Winterland by Rae Meadows

Fiction, Historical, Romance

Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #3 And now we have the third in the series, and the first one I read because I’m obsessed with Scotland. I enjoyed this one, but it is ultimately probably my least favorite of the three, mostly for the last few chapters. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Going toe-to-toe with a brooding… Continue reading Portrait of a Scotsman by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical, Romance

A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #2 This one wound up being the third one I read, but my favorite of the three so far. Lucie (and her cat Boudicca) are my favorites from the series thus far and I will certainly be naming my next cat Boudicca in her honor.  Synopsis From the publisher marketing:A lady… Continue reading A Rogue of One’s Own by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical, Romance

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

League of Extraordinary Women #1 So I had been waiting to write reviews for the three books in this series until this fall to coincide with the release of the fourth book in the series but it’s now been pushed back. Again. To September of 2023. So before I forget everything that happened in these… Continue reading Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

Fiction, Historical

Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Hester was sent to me while still in the manuscript stage last October. It’s been a very long time since I read The Scarlet Letter, but given my love of the Emma-Stone-led Easy A, I figured I could do with reading another adaptation. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Isobel Gamble is a young seamstress carrying generations… Continue reading Hester by Laurie Lico Albanese

Fiction, Historical

The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Inspiration for Reading: Historical fiction has been my genre of choice for nearly as long as I can remember. I pretty much went from reading Boxcar Children mysteries to historical fiction. And in particular, a novel about women during World War II is always sure to catch my attention. Synopsis From the back cover:New York,… Continue reading The Words I Never Wrote by Jane Thynne

Fiction, Historical, Social Themes

Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

The Jane Austen Society #2 To say I pestered our sales rep endlessly for a manuscript of Bloomsbury Girls would be an understatement. As soon as I knew it was coming (summer 2020 when I did a virtual event with Natalie for the bookstore) I asked at least biweekly when I would be allowed to… Continue reading Bloomsbury Girls by Natalie Jenner

Fiction, Historical

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

In an effort to read more of my advance reader copies that I'd been hoarding on my shelves, and to continue with my mid-century feminist historical cozy fiction kick, I picked up The Kitchen Front last September. (I'm publishing the review now because the paperback is out on Tuesday here in the States). Synopsis From… Continue reading The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

I love Ruta Sepetys books so much and when I found out her latest book would be set in Romania during the fall of communism, I was immediately intrigued - once again she would be introducing me to a time and a place I knew very little about. Synopsis From the publisher marketing:Romania, 1989. Communist… Continue reading I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys