Category Archives: historical fiction

Book Preview: The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

In The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen (2012) by Syrie James, an American rare-books librarian finds a manuscript written by Jane Austen that has never been published. Samantha McDonough has traveled to London with her boyfriend, and while he attends a … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Secret of the Nightingale Palace

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace (2013) by Dana Sachs is my kind of book. First of all there is a road trip. Who can resist a cross-country adventure? But wait, there’s more! Did I mention inter-generational family bonding? What … Continue reading

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Book Preview: The Whiskey Creek Water Company

The Whiskey Creek Water Company (2013) by Jan Walker takes place in the small town of Burke Bay on Puget Sound in Washington State. The story begins just before the Thanksgiving holiday in 1932, when stranger Farley Price arrives in … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Stella Bain

Stella Bain (2013) by Anita Shreve details the struggles of the title character, a World War I nurse’s aide found injured on a French battlefield and suffering from severe shell shock. She had no memory of the past four months … Continue reading

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Book Preview: A True Novel

A True Novel (2013), written by Minae Mizumura and translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter, is a beautiful homage to Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. But instead of placing this tragic story inspired by the Georgian classic on the Yorkshire moors, the … Continue reading

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Preview: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (1993), published in the United States as Corelli’s Mandolin,  by Louis de Bernieres, takes place on the Greek island of Cephallonia during the Italian/Nazi occupation of World War II. It is the story of the takeover of … Continue reading

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Book Preview: Pushkin Hills

Pushkin Hills (2014 edition) has been translated into English by Katherine Dovlatov, the daughter of the late author Sergei Dovlatov, who passed away in 1990  in New York. Soviet émigré Dovlatov’s novel was first published in 1983. This partly autobiographical fable … Continue reading

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