Category Archives: Historical Fiction

…you have wronged me and my descendants… – “The Girl in the Castle” by Santa Montefiore

I am notorious for judging a book by its cover. I am also notorious for trying to read the book jacket as little as possible so that I don’t spoil the plot. I try to get just enough of a … Continue reading

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…it never did any harm to walk through a new door now and then, and see where you end up. “Bellewether” – by Susanna Kearsley

Happy 2019! I wanted to find a cozy historical romance/ Outlander-esque read for the holidays and this one did the trick.  This is definitely a “twinkle lights on, hot cup of tea, warm fleece blanket and PJs all day” approved … Continue reading

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Women of her class are molded to be ornaments – “The Hollow of Fear” by Sherry Thomas

At this point, I think enough Cannonballers have written rave reviews about Sherry Thomas’ “Lady Sherlock Series”.  Just read these books if the subject matter appeals to you at all. They are a treasure and I think that each one … Continue reading

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It was beyond evident you’d never fit readily into any man’s life… “A Conspiracy in Belgravia” by Sherry Thomas

The second of “The Lady Sherlock Series” did not disappoint. (I reviewed the first in the series here).  I come to these books with zero knowledge of  Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock. I am only familiar with the ex Mr. Madonna’s Sherlock … Continue reading

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“…so alone, twice captured, carried away on the flood of the world” News of the World by Paulette Jiles

I’m on a roll with really, really good books lately. This is a good thing, but makes the review part more tricky.  My reviews for books that move me tend to be sort of bland. I think that I am … Continue reading

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Trees did not talk back, or willfully disobey, or laugh at him. They were not here to torment him; indeed, they were not here for him at all. “At the Edge of the Orchard” by Tracy Chevalier

I enjoy reading fiction that has to do in some way with horticulture or nature. Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behavior and Prodigal Summer are two of my favorites. The Wolf Border by Sarah Hall and The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin are also … Continue reading

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I will solve you. “How to Stop Time” by Matt Haig (CBR#10, 19)

This is a melancholy little book about what it means to live almost forever. Think “Interview with a Vampire” without vampires.  Tom Hazard, a man of many names and times, is over 400 years old.  Tom is not immortal but … Continue reading

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