Historical Fiction

A Most Clever Girl – Stephanie Marie Thornton

In the wake of her mother’s death, Catherine Gray finds out a secret about her past that leaves her reeling. Determined to get vengeance, she seeks out Elizabeth Bentley, intending to kill her. But instead, Elizabeth convinces her to listen to her story first and what unfolds is a story of espionage. In 1933, a young and lonely Elizabeth is recruited by the American Communist Party, ostensibly to fight against fascism, but by the time World War II comes around, things have changed and she finds herself deeply involved in a spy network for the Russians. When the war ends however, the U.S. and Russia are at odds once more and Elizabeth’s life is at risk – and the only way out might be to go against the dangerous Soviet spy agency.…

The London House – Katherine Reay – ARC Review

Caroline Payne has always been told that her great-aunt Caro, whom she is named after, died in childhood of polio. But when Mat Hammond, an old college friend contacts her about some information he has found when researching an article, scandalous family secrets are uncovered. Mat has found letters that claim that Caro was a traitor to her country and defected during World War II with a Nazi. Caroline is convinced there is more to the story and she travels to her family’s ancestral London home where she finds, among her grandmother’s possessions, diaries and letters from her twin sister Caro. As each letter reveals another piece of a long buried past, more and more questions arise too and Caroline and Mat hasten to put together the pieces and discover the truth – but will the truth be better or worse than what they suspect?…

The Secrets of Latimer House – Jules Wake – ARC Review

Latimer House, a country estate in Buckinghamshire, becomes a base to hold high ranking Nazi POWs during WWII while they are interrogated. Three women are brought together by the top secret work undertaken here. Heiress Evelyn Brooke-Edwards, with her fluency in German, is a skilled interrogator. Local girl Betty Connors is initially brought in as a typist, but her analytical skills soon have her working on much more important things. Judith Stern, a German Jew who escaped Nazi Germany after Kristallnacht, listens in on the conversations between the POWs for any useful information. The three women soon become fast friends despite their different personalities and backgrounds as they each work through their own trials.…

Radar Girls – Sara Ackerman – Harlequin Trade Publishing Summer 2021 Blog Tour

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Daisy Wilder is recruited to join a top secret program for the U.S. Military, the Women’s Air Raid Defense, to replace male soldiers who are increasingly being sent into war zones. The WARDs are responsible for guiding pilots and tracking unidentified planes in the Pacific, and many think that women will not be capable of such an important job, but Daisy is determined to prove herself.…

The Clockmaker’s Wife – Daisy Wood – ARC Review

Eleanor Spelman flees London with her young daughter Alice for the countryside to escape the Blitz in 1940. Her husband, Arthur, who is one of the clockmakers who keep Big Ben working, remains behind. When Nell receives a panicked phone call from Arthur saying that he has been arrested, she rushes back to London, desperate to find out what is going on, but finds herself uncovering some dark secrets. In present day New York, Ellie finds a watch that belonged to her grandmother Nell who died during WWII and curious to find out exactly what happened, travels to London to meet her Aunt Gillian in hopes of learning more about her family history.…

Luck of the Titanic – Stacey Lee

Valora Luck dreams of being a circus performer in New York, and she has a ticket to travel aboard the Titanic that will take her there. However she is turned away at the gangway due to the Chinese Exclusion Act that restricts the entry of Chinese people into America. But not only is Titanic Val’s way to America, but also her chance to reunite with her twin brother Jamie who is somewhere aboard. Determined to find a way on to the ship, Val stows away and tries to keep her head down as she searches for Jamie and figures out a way to audition for a famous circus owner who can get her the papers to enter America. Things certainly don’t go as planned though and as the Titanic goes down, all of Val’s aspirations change to simply surviving the ordeal.…

My Contrary Mary – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows – ARC Review

Mary is the Queen of Scotland and has been betrothed to Francis, the Dauphin of France since childhood. It’s finally time for their wedding, which isn’t so bad since they’ve become very good friends over the years. Mary has gone so far as to even confide her greatest secret to him – she is an Eðian who can turn into a mouse, a secret that could mean her death if revealed, since France is a kingdom of Verities. When the king meets a suspicious end just days later, Mary and Francis are brought to the throne far sooner than either of them expected and they find themselves at the center of a conspiracy. The situation back home in Scotland isn’t much better either with the people protesting against the rule of a Verity queen. With even her own family and close confidants scheming against her, Mary must figure out the truth of the situation before it is too late.…

Katharine Parr: The Sixth Wife – Alison Weir

Katharine Parr has lost two husbands, and for the first time, is in love. But no sooner than she and Sir Thomas Seymour make plans to wed, it becomes clear that King Henry is determined to win her hand. One does not refuse a King, and so Katharine has no choice but to become his sixth Queen. She is already in a precarious position, as illustrated by the five women before her, but her views on religious reform make it even more dangerous. The Tudor court is much the same as ever though, and her enemies are waiting for her to make a misstep.…

The Warsaw Orphan – Kelly Rimmer – Harlequin Trade Publishing Summer 2021 Blog Tour

The year is 1942 and Elzbieta leads a relatively comfortable life in her family’s Warsaw apartment. While she is aware of the rising tension on the streets, she has never thought much about what the conditions are like for the people in the Jewish ghetto just a short distance away. When she accidentally finds out that her neighbour Sara, a nurse, is part of an underground movement that rescues children from inside the ghetto and finds them new homes, she insists on helping, seeing this as a way she can help. For the Gorka family behind the walls, despite the horrific conditions they have to endure, their sole consolation is that their family is still together. With food and resources running out quickly though, they face the impossible decision of giving away their newborn daughter Eleonora or watch her starve to death. With disturbing rumours of mass deportations in the air, time is quickly running out for them to decide. Roman Gorka’s anger mounts by the day, seeking to fight back against the many injustices perpetrated upon them, and this is the final straw that pushes him to join the rebellion that is building. But Elzbieta and her family have secrets of their own and if Roman’s recklessness draws attention to them and Sara’s operation, everyone will be at risk.…

Sixteen Scandals – Sophie Jordan – ARC Review

Primrose Ainsworth is excited to finally turn sixteen and make her debut in London society. But when her family not only pretty much ignore her special day but also inform her that they will be delaying her introduction until her older sisters are married, Prim decides she has had enough. Determined to make her sixteenth birthday a memorable one, she dons a mask and sneaks out with her best friend Olympia to the notorious Vauxhall Gardens for one fun night before returning to the same boring life as before. The attractions of Vauxhall also hold unexpected dangers however, and the girls are separated soon after they arrive. When things get out of hand, Prim is rescued by a mysterious stranger, Jacob, who takes it upon himself to be her guide around the gardens. But will this one evening of adventure be the only time Prim has or will she get a chance at the life she desires?…

The Woman With The Blue Star – Pam Jenoff – ARC Review

Sadie Gault and her family are forced to flee the Krakow Ghetto when the Nazis arrive to liquidate it and they seek refuge in the sewers. Ella Stepanek, a Polish girl leads a comfortable life as her stepmother has made sure to ally with the Germans. When passing through the market on an errand, Ella notices something moving under one of the grates and is startled to find that someone is actually living in the tunnels beneath the city. An unlikely and immediate friendship forms between the two as Ella becomes determined to help Sadie. But Nazi occupied Krakow is a city that is becoming increasingly dangerous for both of them.…

The Lost Apothecary – Sarah Penner

In 18th century London, Nella has turned her once respectable apothecary business into a secret shop that dispenses poisons to help women who are being harmed by men in any way. When her latest customer turns out to be an inquisitive twelve year old girl on an errand for her mistress, the two form an unexpected friendship, but the series of events that follow place not only Nella but every woman who has ever sought her aid at risk of discovery. Caroline Parcewell arrives in present day London for what should have been a celebration of her tenth wedding anniversary and finds an old apothecary vial near the Thames River. Her curiosity drives her to dig deeper and she soon realizes that she may be holding a link to a 200 year old mystery.…

The Rose Code – Kate Quinn – ARC Review

The year is 1940, and three women answer a mysterious summons to the country estate of Bletchley Park in Buckinghamshire, learning upon arrival that they are to join teams that work to break codes in intercepted German military communications. Wealthy Canadian born debutante Osla has everything, but longs to prove herself as more than just another society girl, and gains the opportunity when her proficiency in German lands her a position translating decoded enemy messages. Mab has worked hard to give herself an education and a brighter future than the poverty she grew up in. She works the codebreaking machines, even as she looks for the security a husband will bring, all the while concealing a dark secret. Then there is meek Beth, the village spinster, who has been cowed by her domineering mother all her life and made to believe she is worthless. But Osla and Mab see potential in her talent for puzzles and when she becomes one of the few female cryptanalysts at Bletchley, her true genius begins to shine through. With the extreme secrecy that the job requires, the three of them soon become close friends. Fast forward to 1947, the three women, once close friends are now enemies, torn apart by secrets and betrayal, but they meet again reluctantly when Beth, who has been confined to an asylum under false pretences, manages to reach out at last with critical information she was shut away for knowing. There was and still is a traitor among the group at Bletchley Park, and they must get back together to break one last code to find the evidence.…

Mini Reviews #13 | Blogmas Day 1

Hello readers! It’s time for another round of Mini Reviews, where I talk about some of the books I don’t write full length reviews for. It’s been a while since I did one of these posts! With the hectic posting schedule I’ve had these past months, I haven’t really had the chance to share my thoughts on some of the other books I’ve been reading, so I figured it would be a great post to kick off Blogmas! This installment, let’s chat about: Hench, Rebel Spy, Heartstopper: Volume Two and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.…

And They Called It Camelot – Stephanie Marie Thornton

Stephanie Thornton’s latest novel brings us the story of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis from her first meeting with Jack, all the way to the dedication of the JFK Library. And They Called It Camelot is narrated in first person, by Jackie herself, and it was the perfect way to get to know this famous figure in American history. …

Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein

Best friends Maddie and Queenie set off on a mission that will take them into Occupied France in 1943.  But when their plane crashes in enemy territory, Queenie is captured by the Gestapo and tortured and interrogated as a spy. Code Name Verity is the tale of these two girls and their friendship as told by Queenie in the form of a written confession to her captors, as she weaves a story that she hopes will save her from the enemy.…

The Enigma Game – Elizabeth Wein – ARC Review

When a German pilot drops off an Enigma Machine in a small Scottish town, it brings together four very unlikely people: the local pub owner’s elderly German aunt Jane Warner, the half-Jamaican teen Louisa Adair who has been hired to take care of her, Ellen McEwen, a volunteer and driver for the local airfield, and Flight Lieutenant James Beaufort-Stuart. Louisa, who discovers it, doesn’t report it, instead putting it to use translating the coded messages that Jamie Stuart’s squadron is picking up on their flights. Jamie and his fliers soon have a huge advantage, the intercepted messages not only keeping them out of harm’s way, but also providing intelligence of upcoming attacks that they can foil. But how long can they keep the machine a secret? When the German bombers turn their attention to their small town, the group is still reluctant to give up this machine that provides them with such a large advantage, even when it appears that the Germans may suspect what they may have in their possession.…

The Night Portrait – Laura Morelli – ARC Review

The year is 1492, and Leonardo Da Vinci makes his way to Milan in hope of seeking the patronage of the Duke Ludovico Sforza and pursue his passion of building great machines and inventions. Yet, in the Milanese court, it is his skill at painting that will help him survive as he is commissioned to paint the Duke’s young mistress, Cecilia Gallerani. Cecilia and Leonardo strike up a friendship, and as Cecilia struggles to maintain her position in the palace, the portrait begins to take shape. Hundreds of years later, that very portrait, better known as the Lady with an Ermine, is now a priceless artifact, and during the mass appropriations of artworks and treasures from across Europe, lands in the possession of a high-ranking Nazi officer. Edith Becker, an art conservator from Munich, is horrified at what she has unwittingly enabled, resolves to save it, along with countless other treasures she assesses and catalogs daily, risking her life to do so by working with Dominic, an American soldier of the Monuments Men.…

Code Name Hélène – Ariel Lawhon

The day is February 29th, 1994, and Héléne is parachuted from an RAF plane into France in 1944 on a mission to aid the Maquis – the French Revolutionaries – ahead of the Allied landing, armed with vital information to aid the resistance and of course, her red lipstick. Flashback to eight years in the past when the first stirrings of war are in the air and Héléne is the Australian journalist Nancy Wake, witnessing a horrifying example of Nazi cruelty in Vienna. This one experience has a profound effect on her and she vows that if she can ever do anything to subvert the Nazis she will – and eventually, a few years later when she is settled down into a socialite’s life in Marseille, an opportunity appears. The two storylines run in parallel, tracing the many transformations she goes through – Nancy, Mrs. Fiocca, the smuggler Lucienne Carlier, the infamous White Mouse hunted by the Nazis, the spy Héléne, and finally Madame Andrée – painting a portrait of a remarkable woman who became one of the most powerful leaders in the French Resistance.…

My Calamity Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

The third installment in this unique series brings us the story of Calamity Jane. Wild Bill’s Wild West is a show that travels around putting on exhibitions of sharpshooting. This is however a cover for the group of garou (that is, werewolf) hunters tracking down the leader of the Pack, only known as the Alpha who has been running wild biting and turning humans. Jane, along with Wild Bill Hickok and his son Frank arrive in Mississippi following a lead and after a hunt goes awry, Jane finds out that she has been bitten. When she hears rumours of a cure for garou, she takes off immediately for Deadwood, but things aren’t what they seem and the rest of the crew are in hot pursuit as she is running straight into even bigger trouble.…

The Black Swan of Paris – Karen Robards – ARC Review

In wartime Paris, Genevieve Dumont is a celebrated singer favoured by the Nazis who uses her fame and the privileges she is afforded as an artist to help the resistance undetected – passing messages to allies, smuggling refugees across borders disguised as part of her troupe and more. The allied invasion is drawing closer when Lillian de Rocheford, Genevieve’s estranged mother, is captured. To prevent her from giving away any information, the resistance is prepared to go to any length to silence her. But Genevieve is determined to save her, and she and her long-lost sister Emmie must put aside their differences and find a way to cross the dangerous territory of Occupied France to save their mother’s life.…

Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen – Alison Weir

Henry VIII has tired of his latest queen, Anna, and even as he seeks to be rid of her, nineteen year old Katheryn Howard catches his eye. A poorer relation of the Howard family and the niece of the powerful Duke of Norfolk, Katheryn has been raised by an assortment of relatives while her father endlessly sought royal favour, finally ending up in the household of her step-grandmother, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk. When she is summoned to court many years later to serve Queen Anna, the family intentionally pushes her forward, hoping to gain the influence they once had when Anne Boleyn was on the throne. But Katheryn’s past holds far too many dangerous secrets and they all threaten to come back to haunt her even as she delights in the pleasures of being Queen of England.…

The Arbella Stuart Conspiracy – Alexandra Walsh – ARC Review

Now safely back at Marquess House with the two Tudor rings, all that remains for this age old conspiracy to unfold is the missing silver locket. With the discovery of a previously sealed off grotto under the mansion, several chests of old journals and documents along with a few portraits are found, which may just hold the key to discovering what was hidden away at Marquess House all those centuries ago. As the sisters begin to unravel the last piece of this mystery, the story in the past timeline now sets its focus on Arbella Stuart towards the end of Elizabeth’s reign. As a potential successor to the throne, Arbella has always played a precarious game at court, but she was also deeply involved in the elaborate plot concocted by the Ladies of Melusine to protect the Tudor twins. Marquess House holds secrets yet to be found, and the answer is within reach, yet the sisters are in more danger than ever before as their enemies seem to be drawing ever closer.…

The Paper Girl of Paris – Jordyn Taylor – ARC Review

Sixteen year old Alice Prewitt has just inherited an apartment in Paris from her grandmother that no one in the family has ever heard about before. She finds an apartment perfectly preserved in time, untouched since the years of World War II, but more interesting are some old photos and the diary of her great-aunt Adalyn, whom no one knew existed, which set her off on a quest to uncover long buried family secrets.…

Daughter of the Reich – Louise Fein – ARC Review

Hetty Heinrich is the perfect German daughter. With her father working his way up the ranks of the SS and her brother set to join the Luftwaffe, Hetty has been raised to be faithful to the Nazi ideology, and never thinks to question it until the day she runs into someone from her past – Walter Keller, a childhood friend estranged due to his being Jewish, who once saved her life. As they begin to spend more time together, fully aware of how risky it is, Hetty begins to realize that whatever she has been taught are all lies and she becomes determined to do something to fight it. But anti-Semitism is on the rise across Germany, and when it becomes so bad as to threaten Walter’s life and any plans the two of them had for the future, Hetty is faced with some overwhelming decisions to make, conscious that one mistake could mean the end of everything for both of them.…

Anna of Kleve: The Princess in the Portrait – Alison Weir

When news arrives that Henry VIII is looking to strengthen ties with the German duchy of Kleve, twenty-four year old Anna is considered a likely candidate to wed him. Henry commissions Anna’s portrait, which he is well pleased with. Many months of negotiations later, the treaty is signed, and though Anna is wary due to Henry’s reputation, she is willing to do her duty by Kleve. But as she sets off for England, she carries with her a dark secret from her past that would spell the end of everything if it was found out.…

Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen – Alison Weir

This third installment in the Six Tudor Queens series takes a look into the life of Henry VIII’s third queen, Jane Seymour. Starting during Jane’s childhood at Wulfhall, when she wanted more than anything else to be a nun. But realizing that the hardships of this life are not for her, she returns home, and following a terrible family scandal, it is arranged for her to go to court and serve Queen Katherine, whom she quickly becomes very devoted to. Jane soon discovers that the vicious rivalry, gossip and intrigue of court life is far from her peaceful life at Wulfhall, and she has arrived at a particularly tumultuous time as the King is actively pursuing an annulment. When the Queen’s household is dismantled, upon her family’s insistence she reluctantly takes a role in Anne Boleyn’s household and Jane watches as Henry goes so far as to break from Rome to secure his new marriage. But it is not long before the King’s attention strays from his new queen, and this time it is to Jane.…

The Light in Hidden Places – Sharon Cameron

Sixteen year old Stefania Podgorska’s life changes when bombs fall on the Polish city of Przemsyl and the Germans invade. The kind Jewish family she worked for, the Diamants, are forced into the ghetto, and she and her younger sister Helena are left alone in a German occupied city that grows more dangerous by the day. Then Max Diamant appears at her door one night, having jumped from the train taking him to a death camp and begs her to hide him and his remaining family and friends. Fusia agrees, though she is risking both her life and her sister’s, and sets out to find a larger house and a job to support and feed them all. She soon finds herself hiding thirteen Jews in her attic, when the Nazis show up to requisition her house for the army.…

The Queen of Paris: A Novel of Coco Chanel – Pamela Binnings Ewen – ARC Review

The Queen of Paris is a glimpse into the life of Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel better known as Coco Chanel during the years of World War II. On one hand, the Nazi occupy Paris, and on the other, Coco’s business partner has escaped to America taking with him the confidential formula of the world famous Chanel No. 5 perfume. Fearing a double cross that might see her cut out of her business and the loss of her life’s work, she begins a legal battle for the ownership of the House of Chanel and is determined to win at any cost, using the fact that her business partner is Jewish to her favour, and even collaborating with the Nazis.…

Sacred Bride – David Hair and Cath Mayo

Six months after the Theban War, Odysseus and Bria find themselves infiltrating the oracular site of Dodona which has been taken over by priests of Zeus who have imprisoned the priestesses of Hera in the mountain. Their goal – to get a last few answers from the oracle before silencing it permanently so that the Trojans can’t use it. The prophecies Odysseus receives are no less ominous than previous ones, but seem to show a ray of hope for Achaea, if a faint one. Adding to that the crucial knowledge he has gained, that prophecies are not cast in stone, finds Odysseus setting off on another quest – unite the Achaean kings under the High King’s banner and secure the marriages of the daughters of King Tyndareus of Sparta, Helen and Clytemnestra, in Achaea’s favour – something easier said than done, especially in the case of Helen, who, due to being a theia and the daughter of Zeus is a coveted prize on both sides of the Aegean.…

Katherine of Aragón: The True Queen – Alison Weir

The first book of Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series is dedicated to the story of Katherine of Aragón. Betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, at a very early age, Catalina has always been told that she would one day go to England to marry the prince and so become the Princess of Wales and one day, Queen. Following Prince Arthur’s untimely death however, she finds herself betrothed to his younger brother Henry.…

The Fountains of Silence – Ruta Sepetys

The year is 1957, and Daniel Matheson arrives in Madrid with his parents. His father, an oil tycoon, is negotiating a deal with Franco. Daniel, however, hopes to get to know his mother’s home country through his passion of photography, to understand what the real Spain is like and not just what is advertised to tourists. Ana Moreno is the daughter of Republican parents who were executed when she was a child, and she and her family live in fear, staying under the radar as much as possible. When Daniel meets Ana at the hotel where she works as a maid, he gets a glimpse of the lingering effects of the Civil War and how many people are still affected by it to this day.…

Dangerous Alliance: An Austentacious Romance – Jennieke Cohen – ARC Review

Lady Victoria Aston leads a comfortable and idyllic life on her family’s country estate, and with her older sister well married, she enjoys a considerable amount of freedom. But when her sister unexpectedly arrives home, fleeing her abusive husband, Vicky must marry quickly before the matter becomes public and the family is ruined. However, her beloved Austen novels are little help against the London season and worse, she finds herself the victim of several mysterious accidents as the days go by, making her question everyone and everything around her.…

And I Darken – Kiersten White

What if the infamous Vlad the Impaler had been a girl? Lada Dragwyla is dismissed at birth by her warlord father for her gender, but grows up unexpectedly fierce and strong, the complete opposite of her younger brother Radu. Abandoned by their father as hostages in the Ottoman court, Lada and Radu find themselves in the enemy’s den with only each other to rely on, knowing that their every move is being watched. But a chance run-in with the Sultan’s youngest son Mehmed changes everything, and the siblings unexpectedly find themselves accompanying the Prince to distant Amasya as his companions, where, far from the watchful eyes of the court, the trio grow to be firm friends. Yet, Lada has not forgotten her home and still longs for vengeance on the Ottomans, but Radu is content in this new world, feeling safe for the first time in his life.…

The Elizabeth Tudor Conspiracy – Alexandra Walsh – ARC Review

In this what-if story of Tudor England, it has been more than four decades since the birth of the twin children of Catherine Howard – two unknown, legitimate heirs to the Tudor throne. And Queen Elizabeth I has kept this secret close ever since the Lady Anne of Cleves entrusted it to her on her deathbed. But the unforeseen has happened – Philip II of Spain has found out about this and sees in it his opportunity to oust Elizabeth from the English throne.…

Mini Reviews #3

Hello readers, and welcome back to Mini Reviews! This installment, let’s chat about four books: American Princess: A Novel of First Daughter Alice Roosevelt, Aru Shah and the Song of Death & One Dark Throne.…

Mini Reviews #1

Hello readers, and welcome to Mini Reviews! This installment, let’s chat about four books: The Iliad, The Fire Queen, The Dead Queens Club and A Curse So Dark and Lonely.…

The Triumphant – Lesley Livingston

The gladiatrices of the Ludus Achillea are once more the darlings of Rome, but Cai has not been so lucky and is dismissed from the legions. When history takes its course, and Caesar is assassinated, Fallon knows that Rome is no longer safe for her or her sisters.…

The Defiant – Lesley Livingston

Fallon has become Victrix, favoured by Caesar and the darling of Rome’s masses, but her triumph has also earned her many enemies – starting with Nyx, the gladiatrix she defeated and subsequently freed. Set on revenge, a rival school threatens the home Fallon has found in the Ludus Achillea and the new family in her fellow gladiatrices.…

Circe – Madeline Miller

Circe is a character little spoken of. I knew of her from The Odyssey as  the witch who turned Odysseus’ men, as yet another who delayed his return to Ithaca. But through this book, Circe has a voice of her own. Though an immortal, her emotions, her dreams, fears, guilt, hope are all very much human – genuine and relatable.…

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – Mackenzi Lee

In this fast paced sequel to The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, it is Felicity’s turn to chase her dreams. One year after the Grand Tour gone wrong, none of the trio have bothered returning home. We find Felicity in Edinburgh, applying to hospitals and universities, hoping to find some place that will let a woman pursue medicine – something unheard of at the time.…

Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession – Alison Weir

The second book in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series tells the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne leaves her family at the age of eleven for the court of the Netherlands. The glimpse into her years with Regent Margaret and then at the French Court are interesting and show very well how her experiences and lessons in childhood shaped her decisions in later years on the path to becoming Queen and beyond.…

Athena’s Champion – David Hair and Cath Mayo – ARC Review

Prince Odysseus of Ithaca travels to the Oracle at Pytho to be affirmed as his father’s heir. But what should have been merely a routine ritual takes a shocking turn as a closely guarded secret is revealed, resulting in Odysseus being cast out into the world alone – a world where monsters and worse are bent upon killing him merely for who he is.…

Bright We Burn – Kiersten White

Historical fiction has sometimes been said to be boring, but books like The Conqueror’s Saga prove otherwise. Kiersten White has done a wonderful job of making the story her own unique take while still staying as close to history as possible, telling the tale in such a way that even if you are knowledgeable about this time period, each twist is still just as surprising.…

Now I Rise – Kiersten White

Lada has returned to Wallachia with a small group of loyal men in hope of retaking her birthright. After several unsuccessful attempts to gain allies among men who see her as merely a girl playing soldier, she reaches out to her brother Radu, still with Mehmed in Edirne, recognizing that it is his skill in diplomacy that she requires.…

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee

Set in the early 1700s, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is narrated from the POV of Henry “Monty” Montague, the wayward son of an English earl. Along with his best friend Percy, and (much to his annoyance) sister Felicity, Monty is off on the traditional Grand Tour with full expectations of drinking and gambling his way through Europe.…