Category Historical Fiction

The Christie Affair by Nina de Gramont

The Christie Affair is a fictionalized account of Agatha Christie‘s disappearance back in 1926 for ten days. The fact remains that before Agatha disappeared, her husband, Archie Christie, had admitted to having an affair and asked her for a divorce. Sometime after that, one evening, Agatha went missing from their home in Sunningdale, and her […]

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Based on Julie Otsuka’s own family history, where her mother, uncle, and grandparents were sent to Japanese internment camps after the Pearl Harbor bombings, When the Emperor Was Divine paints a vivid picture of a grim moment in history that America would rather forget and pretend never happened. The story begins in 1942, following an […]

Hour of the Witch by Chris Bohjalian

Set in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1662, Hour of the Witch takes us back to a time when witch-hunt fervor was on the rise. The twenty-four-year-old Mary Deerfield had arrived in the New World from England with her wealthy merchant parents not so long ago. The lack of suitable suitors in a “community of saints” had […]

Daughters of War by Dinah Jefferies

Daughters of War, set in 1944, follows the story of the Baudin sisters while they live under the Nazi occupation in Southern France. The three sisters are separated from their widowed mother, who now lives in England, before the war, which has made Hélène, the eldest sister, their de facto mother. Hélène, an artist turned […]

Half Life by Jillian Cantor

This novel based on the life of Marie Curie is one that ponders upon the question “what if.” Marie Curie, born Marya Skłodowska, was a governess back in Warsaw, Poland when she was in her early twenties. While working for the Żorawskis, a family of the landed gentry, Marie fell in love with Kazimierz, the […]

Nora: A Love Story of Nora and James Joyce by Nuala O’Connor

This is going to be a short review as I feel this is a book I’ll have to revisit in the future. I have always been keen on reading novels based on the lives of famous writers’ wives, which is why I picked this up even though I’m yet to read any of James Joyce‘s […]

Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

In Hades, Argentina, Thomas Shore is returning to Argentina in 1986 for the first time after he fled the country a decade earlier. He has received a call from Pichuca, the ailing mother of Isabel, Thomas’s first love. Pichuca is in her deathbed, and in her delusions, “over an increasingly scratchy line,” she raises the […]

Stories from Suffragette City edited by M. J. Rose and Fiona Davis

All the stories in this anthology are set in 1915 on the day of the Women’s Suffrage Parade in New York City. On October 23rd, tens of thousands of women flooded Fifth Avenue clad in white, calling on men to support women’s right to vote. Even though the Women’s Suffrage Movement in the US began […]

The Forgotten Daughter by Joanna Goodman

I don’t know much about Canada or its history, so this book fascinated me. It’s set in Quebec in the 1990s when they were seeking independence from the rest of Canada for the second time. After the British forces defeated the French Canadians in 1763, the Quebec government switched hands. The British tolerated the Roman […]

The Eyes of the Queen by Oliver Clements

This historical espionage novel is set during the time of the Protestant Reformation, a tumultuous period in Europe. In England, Queen Elizabeth I has been reigning over a decade. After her coronation, she became the Supreme Governor of the English Protestant Church, yet compared to her half-siblings, she took a lax attitude towards matters related […]

Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Daughter of Black Lake is a dual narrative story set in Britannia during Roman emperor Nero’s rule. Devout and Hobble, mother and daughter, are two bog-dwellers and their alternative perspectives look at the past and the present-day of their secluded settlement. With Roman advancements since emperor Julius Caesar’s time, the bog dwellers have lived in […]

The Night Portrait: A Novel of World War II and Da Vinci’s Italy by Laura Morelli

Reading this book was such a treat for me! There are a few paintings I wish to see in person one day, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine is on that list. This painting, which is a portrait of Cecilia Gallerani, a mistress of Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, is my favorite out […]

Bottled Goods by Sophie van Llewyn

Novels like Bottled Goods is the reason why historical fiction is one of my favourite genres. It’s like getting on a time machine and visiting a past I wouldn’t have even known that existed otherwise! 😀 This Women’s Prize for Fiction long-listed novel is set in Romania during the 1970s when it was under the […]

Theory of Shadows by Paolo Maurensig

I was an enthusiastic chess player back when I was in high school. Those days I was living and breathing chess, and although it has been a while since I last played chess, I was thrilled to get my hands on Theory of Shadows, a novel based on Alexander Alekhine who became the World Chess […]

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

I was beyond thrilled to receive an ARC of Jennifer Robson’s The Gown. I’ve mentioned how much I love The Crown TV show before, so a novel featuring the women who made Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown sounded like it’ll be right up my alley! The Gown begins by taking its readers to post-WWII England. The […]