Category Archives: Historical

The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale

Back in the 1980s, I was focused on historicals or science fiction/fantasy and never had an interest in romance at all. But one day at a used book store I couldn’t find anything interesting in either of those categories. On … Continue reading

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The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The Lawrence Browne affair is a solidly written Regency romance that ticks off all the right boxes of the genre: scruffy scoundrel, ‘damaged’ noble, loyal dog, dastardly characters, misunderstandings, and a happily ever after ending. If the book adds nothing … Continue reading

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Heartstone by Elle Katherine White

Heartstone follows the trend of so many Austen-inspired novels: the outline of the plot is intact but so much of the charm and wit of the inspiration material is completely missing. In this modern age of ‘tell but fail to … Continue reading

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale is a very well written and well researched story of the change from paganism to Christianity in historic Russia. In fact, I had a hard time discerning if this was more historical, magical realism, or … Continue reading

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Ooku volume 13 by Fumi Yoshinaga

I am continually impressed at how Yoshinaga has managed to create such an incredible story but through the manga form. History that is painstakingly researched – from medicine to astronomy, social to political, rich and poor alike – yet also … Continue reading

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Requiem of the Rose King 6 by Aya Kanno

Aya Kanno’s take on the War of the Roses continues with the coronation of Henry VI. The art shines but the focus is, as always, on Richard’s inner monologue as the political and social scene continues to change in a … Continue reading

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The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City by Margaret Creighton

Margaret Creighton has created a very enjoyable yet also focused history of events happening at the Pan American Expo in Buffalo, New York, at the turn of the century. Told through several viewpoints (McKinley, his assassin, a couple of female … Continue reading

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