Genre: Historical Fiction

The Secret Keeper…by Kate Morton

Posted February 9, 2019 by Karen in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Secret Keeper…by Kate Morton

‘The landscape of one’s childhood was more vibrant than any other. It didn’t matter where it was or what it looked like, the sights and sounds imprinted differently from those encountered later. They became part of a person, inescapable.’   ‘… she and her tap shoes could be swept as easily as dust beneath histories carpet.’   Laurel is a successful actress in modern-day London. Seventy years earlier, her mother Dorothy is doing her best to survive war-torn London. As a child, Laurel witnesses a death that haunts her for the rest of her life. Laurel and Dorothy’s stories come together to form the dual timeline of a family’s secrets.   I love stories that take place in WWII London. I also love me some Kate Morton. She is one of my favorite authors and the ‘Forgotten Garden’ is one […]

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Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Between Before & After…by Maureen Doyle McQuerry

Favorite Quotes   ‘If we learn anything from a story at all, it’s through identification’   ‘It made me feel like a story could be more than words on paper, a living thing that may change in unpredictable ways.’   ‘Hope is made not given.’   ‘Once you open yourself  to miracles, they start showing up all around you.’   My Review   Elaine is the child of poor Irish immigrants. She is growing up in turn of the century New York City. When Elaine’s mother dies from the Spanish flu, Elaine struggles to keep her family together.   Elaine’s daughter, Molly, is growing up in 1950’s San José, California. She is crushed by the breakup of her parents marriage and desperately attempting to understand her distant mother and learn her secrets. I really love historical fiction. I find I […]

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Caroline (Little House Revisited)…by Sarah Miller

Caroline (Little House Revisited)…by Sarah Miller

 The books that really got me reading as a child are the ‘Little House’ series. I was also a huge fan of the show (I cried during the finale). One Christmas my parents gave me a boxed set of all the ‘Little House’ books. I still have them today . When I heard about ‘Caroline’ I couldn’t wait to read it. Also, I can’t get enough of this cover!     ‘Caroline’ is told in third person. The entire novel is pretty much Caroline’s thoughts. This gives the story a very different feel then the ‘Little House’ books. Since it is told from an adult’s perspective it has a much grittier and darker tone. Children are able to see everything as an adventure where adults have to sweat the details and shoulder the worry. This is true when comparing ‘The […]

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We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

We Are All That’s Left…by Carrie Arcos #Blogtour

Zara feels shut off from her Bosnian born mother. She knows that her mother survived some horrible things in the Bosnian war but Zara wants desperately to understand who her mother is. So when Zara, her mother, and her little brother are victims of a tourist attack, Zara begins to understand what emotional and physical trauma can do to a person and a family.   I really love a good historical fiction. Good historical fiction is entertaining while at the same time teaches us about significant events. I have noticed that much of the historical fiction out there covers the really well-known periods of history. For example: the Tutor period, the American Civil War, WWI, and especially WWII. I really love it when I find a  novel that explores world events that are lesser known . When I read the […]

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The Bone Sparrow…Zana Fraillon

The Bone Sparrow…Zana Fraillon

Subhi is born in a refugee in an internment camp. He has never seen the outside world. He has no books, no school, and not enough food, water, or clothes.   Every once in a while I stumble on a book that totally takes me by surprise. One that I haven’t heard anything about. A book that you had no idea would be so meaningful, impactful, wonderful, and life changing. One that rips out your heart, and in the process makes you a totally different person. ‘The Bone Sparrow’ is definitely one of those books. I had absolutely no idea what ‘The Bone Sparrow’ was about going in to it. Right before I started reading it, I read over the synopsis, so I had a vague idea that it was about a refuge.  I was not at all  prepared for the punch […]

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Glow…by Megan E. Bryant

Glow…by Megan E. Bryant

‘There’s a certain kind of light that I should have been afraid of all along.’   Radium was discovered by Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her husband Pierre Curie on December 21, 1898. When radium decays it causes luminescence.  With America’s entry into WWI came a need for self-luminous aircraft switches and instrument dials. Marie and Pierre Curie by André Castaigne  Soldiers involved in trench warfare were especially in need of watches that could be seen in complete darkness. The harmful effects of radium were not yet known.    Factories that produced the luminescent dials were set up Orange, New Jersey, Ottawa, Illinois, and Waterbury, Connecticut. These factories employed young girls and women to paint the numbers and hands with radium. Enter the radium girls. Watch hands painted with radium  The painters were instructed to point their paintbrushes between their lips to create finer details on the numbers […]

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Hard-Hearted Highlander…by Julia London

Hard-Hearted Highlander…by Julia London

The Highland Grooms series centers around the Mackenzie clan. Each novel revolves around the relationship of one of the male members of the family. Robbie’s love is killed while he was in exile.  Bernadette is the governess of the women Rabbie’s family has arranged for him to marry. Almost immediately both Rabbie and his intended, Avaline, know that they are not a good match. Avaline is smitten with one of Rabbie’s brothers and Rabbie is drawn to Bernadette. It turns out that  Bernadette has a tragic past of her own. I am not a big romance reader. I can honestly say that I only occasionally read a romances . When ‘Hard-Hearted Highlander’ came as  surprise book mail, I wasn’t sure I was going to read it. ‘Hard-Hearted Highlander’ takes place eighteen century Scotland just after the Jacobite Rebellion . The historical information […]

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Lucky Broken Girl…by Ruth Behar

Lucky Broken Girl…by Ruth Behar

‘Lucky Broken Girl’ is a middle-grade novel about a girl named Ruth. Ruth is growing up in 1960’s NYC. Her family is Jewish and Cuban . It is a semi-autobiographical novel about Ruth Behar’s childhood. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’s focus is on the year Ruth was in a full body cast following a car accident. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’ gives the reader a unique perspective about childhood injury. It explored, in gritty detail, the boredom, humiliation, sadness, and fear that Ruth experienced during her year in bed. This story was well written and I loved that none of the characters were picture perfect. Ruth could be whiny and self adsorbed at times. Her father is macho and controlling. While her mother is often resentful of Ruth’s situation. ‘Lucky Broken Girl’ is richly detailed. The diversity was well done and the history in ‘Luck […]

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The Shadow of a King…by C.M. Gray

Posted August 19, 2017 by Karen in Books, Reviews , , / 0 Comments
The Shadow of a King…by C.M. Gray

‘The Shadow of a King’, tells the story of Uther Pendragon, King Arther’s father. The story begins with Uther late in life and near death. The ‘The Shadow King’ then flashes back to Uther’s early reign. What I Loved: The concept of the story of King Uther’s father is an interesting one. Something that has not been done a lot in literature. Gray gave strong personalities to the characters. Uther, Morgan Le Fay, Gorlois, and Sir Ector, all had complicated and deep characteristics that added depth and interest to the story. The descriptions in ‘The Shadow King’ were also vivid and interesting. The Middle Ages are often romanticized. In ‘The Shadow King’ everything is described in gritty reality. Gray really brought alive how dark, dirty, and unhygienic the middle ages were. What Left Me Wanting More: Although I did like […]

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Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

Otherwise Known as Possum…by Maria D. Laso

‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ is a middle-grade historical fiction novel. The story takes place in the deep south during at the height of the great depression. The titular character, Possum Porter’s, mother and baby brother recently died in childbirth. Adding to Possum’s grief, her father decides to send her to the town school (up until then she had been homeschooled). Possum’s goals  become to show her daddy that she is too smart for school and to keep her teacher, Ms. Arthington, away from her father.     ‘Otherwise Known as Possum’ reminded me a lot of ‘Little House on the Prairie.’ There were major differences such as the setting and time period. However,the story just had the ‘Little House ‘feel to me. There were also obvious similarities such as ‘Mary Grace’ being the daughter of the  town store owner and she constantly teases ‘Possum’. Also, the town Possum […]

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