“The Chanel Sisters is a well-researched historical fiction that depicts France’s Belle Epoch and post-war change.
“A lovely, gorgeously set, romantic story sure to charm lovers of historical fiction with its joie de vivre and savoir faire.”
“Beatriz Williams deftly fits together the characters, stories, and themes that the narrative services into a cohesive whole.
“two love stories seen as a continuing parable, of men in two centuries adjusting to the changing world around them, while each comes to terms with the environment in his own way.”
“a nuanced exploration of family jealousies, mental illness, and repercussions that reverberate throughout generations.”
“Whether sharing a piece of history or capturing the theme of this fictional book through the words of a character, Allende beautifully reveals the mastery of her prose
“Although frequently painful to read, The German House is a condemnation of the Nazi past, but also an exploration of survivors’ guilt, as well as families in conflict.”
Writing good historical fiction is a particular challenge. Not only must an author craft a good story, they have to get the history correct, especially the mood and setting for the plot.
“Perry is a master of the British historical novel, this time leaving the Victorian era behind and delving into a new but volatile century.”
“Khemlin has created an unforgettable character and opened a window onto a world more people should know about.”
“A treasure . . . using both a close personal focus and a broader historical scope, Grossman has written a war epic that rightly deserves to be a classic.”
“a narrative that reminds its readers of the extent to which everyone who came after the LSD experiments, and the psychedelic sixties, is drawn to that story, but forever remains outside it
“Intertwined in the two narratives is a pattern of betrayals, secrets and lies—sometimes well-meant, sometimes conflicted, sometimes for sheer self-preservation, but almost always with pain
“The Orphan of the Salt Winds is a gothic novel both because of its sinister setting—an old, remote house filled with secrets and surrounded by danger—and a heavy
“Once more, Winspear demonstrates her exceptional ability to craft a suspenseful mystery and graphic picture of a critical time and place.”
“Louis L’Amour fans and potential fans, hit the bookstores! This is one of his novels not to miss.”
“The power of this well-written novel grows as the story moves forward both historically and fictionally.
Lucy Kincaid receives a letter from attorney Henry Garrison in Virginia soon after her mother Beth dies from cancer.
“a convincing, fascinating glimpse into the private lives of two very remarkable individuals.”
“Havana Libre works well as a sociological commentary, but as a mystery novel or a thriller, it’s a dud.”
“Rose has again masterfully mined a magic-infused art world of dramatic twists and turns, a luscious romp readers will thoroughly enjoy.”
The Other Me is a pleasure to read, with a style that moves as smoothly as an Acela train and a page-turning plot.
“a splendid novel.”
The Decision, a brief new novel by Britta Bohler, can be summed up with a simple yet elegant sentence lifted from early on in the text:
A rich jazz-age family convenes at a Newport summer palace where an old widower intends to have a séance and get the approval of his dead wife for a new marriage only to learn that his handsome law