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Historical Fiction
Before We Were Yours
by Lisa Wingate
From The Jacket: NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • For readers of Orphan Train and The Nightingale comes a “thought-provoking [and] complex tale about two families, two generations apart . . . based on a notorious true-life scandal.”* Memphis, 1939 More

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Inspired by true events, an emotional story about poor children who were kidnapped and sold to wealthy families, shedding light on a despicable practice that went on for too many years. Highly recommend.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:32 PM

We Were the Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
From The Jacket: It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not More

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Fantastic historical fiction and my favorite kind, one based on true events; Georgia Hunter's grandfather was a member of the real family. It takes place just before and during WWII. Recommend to anyone who loves stories that revolve around families, and a must read for WWII fans.
by-Linda 2018/03/21, 05:21 PM

The Orphans Tale
by Pam Jenoff
From The Jacket: A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out i More

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An emotional story of two women who start out with a prickly relationship but develop an incredible bond as they attempt to survive the war. It touches on the reality of the many people separated and orphaned by the war and the brave acts of those who helped them.
by-Linda 2018/02/27, 11:13 PM

The Race For Paris
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From The Jacket: National Bestseller David J. Langum, Sr. Prize for American Historical Fiction, Honorary Mention for 2015 The New York Times bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters returns with a moving and powerfully dynamic World W More

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This is an interesting look at WWI from a female perspective. It’s a well told tale that focuses on the events following D Day, highlighting the immense struggles and obstacles women faced.
by-Linda 2018/02/19, 09:27 PM

White Chrysanthemum
by Mary Lynn Bracht
From The Jacket: For fans of Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko and Lilac Girls, the heartbreaking history of Korea is brought to life in this deeply moving and redemptive debut that follows two sisters separated by World War II. Korea, 1943. Hana has li More

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A young women is taken by a Japanese soldier to become a comfort woman, which is a sex slave. Sounds like fiction, but the story is based on things that really happened during WWII when the Japanese occupied Korea. Recommend for historical fiction lovers.
by-Linda 2018/02/08, 11:42 PM

If The Creek Don't Rise
by Leah Weiss
From The Jacket: Sadie Blue has been a wife for fifteen days. That’s long enough to know she never should have hitched herself to Roy Tupkin, even with the baby. Sadie is desperate to make her own mark on the world, but in remote Appalachia, More

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Raw, gritty characters and a strong sense of time and place in this poignant story of life in the 1970s Appalachian Mountains. A must read for anyone who likes character driven stories.
by-Linda 2018/01/28, 01:52 PM

The Velvet Hours
by Alyson Richman
From The Jacket: From the international bestselling author of The Lost Wife and The Garden of Letters, comes a story—inspired by true events—of two women pursuing freedom and independence in Paris during WWII. As Paris teeters on the edge of More

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A captivating historical fiction story inspired by actual events; a Paris apartment, closed during WWI, that sat untouched for over 70 years. This story is poignant and filled with history and art. Marthe is fascinating to read about; a courtesan during the Belle Époque era, that scraped her way to a better life. And her granddaughter; who is nineteen years old when she first learns of Marthe’s existence. Their relationship is touching.
by-Linda 2018/01/28, 01:44 PM

The Midwifes Revolt
by Jodi Daynard
From The Jacket: On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life. Alone in More

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An engaging story that combines history, mystery, and romance to immerse you in the Revolutionary period. A young widow survives by farming and using her midwife skills, and goes on to become involved in the Revolution.
by-Linda 2018/01/18, 01:20 AM

I Eliza Hamilton
by Susan Holloway Scott
From The Jacket: Beside the most timeless of heroes stands an exceptional heroine . . . In this beautifully written novel of historical fiction, bestselling author Susan Holloway Scott tells the story of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza—a fas More

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This is the story of Eliza Hamilton, and it's an intimate look at her life and her family's life. A lot of time is devoted to her husband, Alexander Hamilton, a very passionate man, which was not always a good thing. There are also many fantastic details of the Revolutionary period in our country's history.
by-Linda 2018/01/18, 01:17 AM

The Paris Secret
by Karen Swan
From The Jacket: Not every door should be opened . . . With stunning locations and page-turning tension, The Paris Secret is an intense and gripping tale from bestselling author Karen Swan, perfect for fans of Santa Montefiore. Somewhere More

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An engaging and intense mystery with an international setting that explores why an apartment in Paris, full of precious works of art and artifacts, is abandoned and kept secret for 73 years. Recommend
by-Linda 2018/01/18, 01:17 AM

The Indigo Girl
by Natasha Boyd
From The Jacket: The year is 1739. Eliza Lucas is sixteen years old when her father leaves her in charge of their family’s three plantations in rural South Carolina and then proceeds to bleed the estates dry in pursuit of his military ambitions. More

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My favorite kind of book; the true account of an ambitious young woman finding her way in a closed society, a man’s world. A young woman far ahead of her time, Eliza Lucas possesses strong values and a defiant nature. She is scrappy, outspoken and goes for the brass ring in life.
by-Linda 2018/01/06, 09:52 AM

The Stolen Marriage
by Diane Chamberlain
From The Jacket: The Stolen Marriage is a compelling novel from Diane Chamberlain, the bestselling author of The Silent Sister, Pretending to Dance and The Midwife’s Confession. In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her en More

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A wonderful saga that looks at the polio epidemic of the 1940s and also explores issues of religion, discrimination and my favorite, the treatment and social standing of women.
by-Linda 2017/12/28, 09:05 PM

The Hidden Light of Northern Fire
by Daren Wang
From The Jacket: Rooted in the history of the only secessionist town north of the Mason Dixon Line, Daren Wang's The Hidden Light of Northern Fires tells a story of redemption amidst a war that tore families and the country apart. Mary Willis More

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Set during the Civil War, a story that is interesting and different from the typical tale about the military and fighting aspect of war. It’s well written and focuses on a small NY town close to the Canadian border, which seceded from the Union, and one young woman’s passion as she helps slaves escape over the border to safety.
by-Linda 2017/12/17, 12:00 AM

Glory Over Everything
by Kathleen Grissom
From The Jacket: From the author of the New York Times bestseller and beloved book club favorite The Kitchen House, a novel of family and long-buried secrets along the treacherous Underground Railroad. Jamie Pyke, son of both a slave and mast More

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This is a beautifully written emotional story about slavery from the author of The Kitchen House. It’s intense and a feast for those who love historical fiction. It tells the story of a fair skinned black man living as a white man and the demons he fights as he struggles with right and wrong and moral obligations. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/11/25, 05:52 PM

The Address
by Fiona Davis
From The Jacket: AFTER A FAILED APPRENTICESHIP, WORKING HER WAY UP TO HEAD HOUSEKEEPER OF A POSH LONDON HOTEL IS MORE THAN SARA SMYTHE EVER THOUGHT SHE'D MAKE OF HERSELF. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of More

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When you finish this book you’ll want to read everything you can about the Dakota Apartment building in NYC. This is a story about two women, who lived a hundred years apart. The Dakota is the thread that ties them together. Great for historical fiction enthusiast and a must read for fans of Davis’s first book The Dollhouse.
by-Linda 2017/11/25, 05:51 PM

The Vengeance of Mothers
by Jim Fergus
From The Jacket: The stunning sequel to the award-winning novel One Thousand White Women: A Novel. My name is Meggie Kelly and I take up this pencil with my twin sister, Susie. We have nothing left, less than nothing. The village of our Peopl More

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An amazing read. It’s set in the late 1800s and shows how the US government mistreated women and Native Americans . The women in this story are strong and inspiriting, and the premise is unique. What happens when you give white women to Cheyenne and Arapo Indians to try to assimilate the Indians into the white culture?
by-Linda 2017/11/06, 05:24 PM

Lilli De Jong
by Janet Benton
From The Jacket: A young woman finds the most powerful love of her life when she gives birth at an institution for unwed mothers in 1883 Philadelphia. She is told she must give up her daughter to avoid lifelong poverty and shame. But she chooses More

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A remarkable debut, a compelling look at the lack of support from family, friends and society for unwed mothers in the late 1800s and an intense look at the role of women in this era.
by-Linda 2017/10/24, 01:44 PM

Monticello
by Sally Gunning
From The Jacket: From the critically acclaimed author of The Widow's War comes a captivating work of literary historical fiction that explores the tenuous relationship between a brilliant and complex father and his devoted daughter—Thomas Jeffers More

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Beautifully written historical fiction that goes into the life of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and the relationship between them. It covers her life and difficult marriage. It also gives readers a realistic view of southern life in the 1770s and slavery from the landowner's point of view.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:11 PM

All She Left Behind
by Jane Kirkpatrick
From The Jacket: Already well versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s is an unforgiving place, especially for a single mother. To support herself an More

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This is the story of Jennie, a gritty, determined women who struggled with surviving as a single mother in 1870s Oregon and overcame many obstacles to realize her dream. The author tackles some sensitive issues like marital abuse, drugs, divorce, death, and sickness all from the perspective of 1870s Oregon. Jennie is strong and inspiring.
by-Linda 2017/10/04, 06:58 PM

Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee
From The Jacket: LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION National Bestseller In this bestselling, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled fro More

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If you like sweeping, multi-generational sagas and big 500 page books, do not miss this one, about four generations of a Korean family struggling to survive in Korea under Japanese rule. The story examines the dynamics between the two cultures and the immigrant experience, highlighting the social and political discrimination they suffered.
by-Linda 2017/09/24, 07:45 PM

The Paris Architect
by Charles Belfoure
From The Jacket: In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money - and maybe get him killed. But if he's clever enough, he'll avoid any trouble. All he has to do is design a secret hid More

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Intense and suspenseful story about the German occupation of Paris. The concept of an architect creating places for the Jewish to hide, was unique. This makes a great book club book.
by-Linda 2017/09/04, 09:14 PM

The Dollhouse
by Fiona Davis
From The Jacket: When she arrives at the famed Barbizon Hotel in 1952, secretarial school enrollment in hand, Darby McLaughlin is everything her modeling agency hall mates aren’t: plain, self-conscious, homesick, and utterly convinced she doesn’t More

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Two stories. One in the past and one current, beautifully interwoven together. What was it like to be a career girl in 1953 and live in the Famed Barbizon Hotel? How were the opportunities for women different from what they are today? Some great details on the Barbizon Hotel and the Ford models and the Katie Gibbs secretaries who lived there. Society was not as forgiving and women had fewer choices.
by-Linda 2017/08/14, 06:55 PM

News of the World
by Paulette Jiles
From The Jacket: It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the More

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Captain Kidd is one of those characters you will fall in love with. He carries the book. Johanna, a young orphan he takes into his care is also fantastic. Great book.
by-Linda 2017/04/12, 10:51 AM

The Pecan Man
by Cassie Dandridge Selleck
From The Jacket: The Pecan Man is a work of Southern fiction whose first chapter was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category. In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and chil More

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A book filled with wonderful characters and lots of southern charm. As you read you will find yourself challenged in many ways as the book explores the meaning of family and delves into racial issues and prejudices. Excellent book club choice. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/08/02, 02:33 PM

The Alice Network
by Kate Quinn
From The Jacket: n an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two women—a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching fo More

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An amazing story based on The Alice Network; a real spy network comprised of only women during WWI. Your passion will surface many times throughout this book as you read about the hardships of war. Recommend.
by-Linda 2017/07/30, 03:51 PM

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane
by Lisa See
From The Jacket: A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple. Li-yan and her family align their lives around the More

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For Lisa See, it is one of her best. She immerses the reader in the world of The Akha, a minority Chinese culture, and their traditional life high in the mountains. She presents their struggle to both hold on to tradition and yet move forward.
by-Linda 2017/07/01, 06:55 PM

Finding Rebecca
by Eoin Dempsey
From The Jacket: Nothing could keep Christopher and Rebecca apart: not her abusive parents, or even the fiancé she brought home after running away to England. But when World War II finally strikes the island of Jersey, the Nazi invaders ship Rebe More

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Great read! I couldn't stop thinking about some of the characters in this book.
by-Andrea 2017/06/18, 08:24 AM

The Nightingale
by Kristen Hannah
From The Jacket: FRANCE, 1939 In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching so More

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This book is fantastic! One of my favorite topics to read about is WWII, so I throughly enjoyed this read. I find it fascinating to learn how ordinary citizens become so brave. Don't miss this one.
by-Andrea 2017/06/18, 08:22 AM

The German Girl
by Armando Lucas Correa
From The Jacket: A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Schindler’s List, and All the Light We Cannot See, about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with More

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A moving story based on a real event, the trans atlantic journey of the St. louis in 1939, carrying 900 Jews filled with the hope of a new life. Sadly, most were turned away. There are also fascinating facts about the history of Cuba.
by-Linda 2017/04/28, 08:45 PM

A Piece Of The World
by Christina Baker Kline
From The Jacket: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the smash bestseller Orphan Train, a stunning and atmospheric novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting Christina’s World. & More

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This story is based on facts, which I think makes it all the more intriguing. It tells the story of what Wyeths muse, Christina Olsen may have been like. The writing is poetic and the character are complex, developed and real.
by-Linda 2017/04/12, 10:22 AM

The Last Midwife
by Sandra Dallas
From The Jacket: It is 1880 and Gracy Brookens is the only midwife in a small Colorado mining town, where she has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands, of babies in her lifetime. The women of Swandyke trust and depend on Gracy, and most couldn’t i More

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This is well researched historical fiction on what is was like to be a midwife an a woman in an 1880 mining town. Good book club book.
by-Linda 2017/04/12, 09:59 AM

Lilac Girls
by Martha Hall Kelly
From The Jacket: New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then set More

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This book stays with you, I couldn't get the characters out of my head. Fantastic!
by-Andrea 2017/03/15, 11:56 AM

The Second Mrs. Hockaday
by Susan Rivers
From The Jacket: It's 1865 and the Civil War is over. For some survivors, however, the suffering is just beginning. A Confederate field officer walks home from a Union prison to reunite with his teen-aged bride, only to discover that she birthe More

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Maybe a bit slow to start but very deep and engaging when it does grab you. Great for Historical Fiction lovers and perfect for book clubs.
by-linda 2017/02/14, 03:17 PM

I Will Send Rain
by Rae Meadows
From The Jacket: A luminous, tenderly rendered novel of a woman fighting for her family's survival in the early years of the Dust Bowl; from the acclaimed and award-winning Rae Meadows. Annie Bell can't escape the dust. It's in her hair, cover More

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Set during the 1930s, a real look at the life a farmer during the time known as the Dust Bowl; when severe dust storms made life difficult. Good characters and information on this period.
by-linda 2017/01/06, 08:40 PM

The Rent Collector
by Camron Wright
From The Jacket: The Rent Collector is the story of a young mother, Sang Ly, struggling to survive by picking through garbage in Cambodia's largest municipal dump. Under threat of eviction by an embittered old drunk who is charged with collecting More

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A beautiful story with a few surprises. The roots of this book are based in truth which makes this book inspiring and touching- also unbelievable at times to realize people could actually survie ina dump. It’s not dark as the synopsis suggests but quite the contrary- very uplifting and replete with hope.
by-linda 2016/11/14, 03:15 PM

The Other Boleyn Girl
by Philippa Gregory
From The Jacket: "Two sisters competing for the greatest prize the love of a king When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golde More

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Phillipa Gregory brilliantly captures the deception, power struggles and inherent danger of living Under King Henry's reign and the English Court. A fascinating read that you won't be able to put down.
by-Lyn 2009/07/05, 03:42 PM

One of my favorite books! Great historical fiction, excellent characters and kept my interest from beginning to end!
by-andrea 2009/07/04, 10:38 AM

Half Of A Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From The Jacket: With effortless grace celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history, Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria. We experience th More

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I read this recently and its truly a wonderful book. My friend is a big fan of Chimamanda and has all her books as part of her collection. Chimamanda's writing is so fluid, at once poetic yet graphic in parts and prosaic in some. One of the best young writers I have come across...
by-Swati 2009/11/28, 09:25 PM

It is such a wonderful book. There are romance throughout the book and the main plot is terrific.
by-Glaze 2009/09/12, 06:44 PM

From the very beginning this book grabs you and holds you to the bitter end. It is one I didn't want to end and couldn't get out of my mind once it did.
by-Andrea 2009/08/28, 04:46 PM

The 19th Wife
by David Ebershoff
From The Jacket: Faith, I tell them, is a mystery, elusive to many, and never easy to explain. Sweeping and lyrical, spellbinding and unforgettable, David Ebershoff’s The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to More

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I only enjoyed half this book. The historical ficiton part.
by-Terry 2010/09/06, 06:40 PM

I really enjoyed The 19th Wife. It's really two stories interwoven together, a contemporary murder mystery and another magnificent fictionalized version of Ann Eliza Young, the 19th wife of Brigham Young, who was one of the founders of the Mormon Church. It's an intriguing subject and very well written.
by-Sonia 2009/11/24, 04:24 PM

(3.5 stars) I loved the historical fiction part of this book, but was not as enthralled with the present day sub plot. Fascinating topic, very realistically presented.
by-Lyn 2009/10/18, 12:49 PM

The Zoo Keepers Wife
by Diane Ackerman
From The Jacket: The true story of how the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundred of people from Nazi hands. When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw and the cit's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead zoo keep More

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This was a terrific story of survival in a time of war. The strength, discipline, and creativity it must have taken in order to live under those conditions are incredible. I really enjoyed this book and the realistic story it told.
by-Andrea 2009/06/25, 02:51 PM

City of Thieves
by David Benioff
From The Jacket: A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won’t talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating More

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A wonderful story that is equal parts tenderness, sadness and humor. It takes place during WWII and it’s about two young men pushing their way behind enemy lines to find a dozen egg or die, which is of course absurd. But it’s an engaging story with such great characters that you easily forget the unlikelihood of their mission.
by-Laura 2009/12/13, 12:46 PM

It was a great read, I enjoyed it and was certainly pulled into the story.
by-katie 2009/11/04, 04:28 PM

The friendship that existed between the two main characters is one I couldn't forget when the books ended. I will look for more by this author.
by-Terry 2009/11/01, 03:30 PM

The Blood of Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani
From The Jacket: In 17th century Persia, a 14 year old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to More

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Set in 17th century Persia, this is beautiful story of life's lessons. It’s about love loss and sacrifice. As a lover of historical fiction I was enamored with the vivid descriptions this author painted. It was a coming of age story with a different refreshing approach. Highly recommend.
by-Sofia 2009/11/24, 05:33 AM

A wonderful engaging read with lots of rich descriptions and characters you care about. It's even more special when you realize it a debut novel. Long listed for the 2008 Orange prize .
by-Lyn 2009/11/15, 12:24 PM

The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
From The Jacket: I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton More

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This was one of my favorite books of the year. I loved the characters and the story.
by-Sue 2009/12/29, 04:56 AM

At first I resisted reading this book because it is in letter form. Please don't! It is a wonderful story of the human spirit you won't want to miss.
by-Andrea 2009/07/16, 04:25 AM

This book offers wonderful inspiring stories of what occurred on the Island of Guernsey during World War II. It's uniqueness is the very real, very distinct voices and relationships of the characters. The last third of the book was not quite as strong as the beginning, but did not detract much from the overall delightful read.
by-Lyn 2009/07/05, 06:15 PM

Brooklyn
by Colm Toibin
From The Jacket: Hauntingly beautiful and heartbreaking, Colm Toibin's sixth novel,Brooklyn, is set in Brooklyn and Ireland in the early 1950s,when one young woman crosses the ocean to make a new life for herself.Eilis Lacey has come of age in sm More

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I loved this book. It's a purely character driven novel, written in a very subtle style. The plot has almost no twists and turns; it's really all about the beautiful prosaic style of writing.
by-Lyn 2009/07/30, 07:48 PM

The Paris Wife
by Paula Mclain
From The Jacket: A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time—Paris in the twenties—and an extraordinary love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley. More

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Tolerable, but would never recommend this book. Boring and poorly written.
by-cilla 2012/07/28, 10:33 AM

Molokai
by Alan Brennert
From The Jacket: This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai'i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place---and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit. Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven More

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The Widows War
by Sally Gunning
From The Jacket: Lyddie has long been the wife of Edward Berry, a well liked and successful whaler in Satucket Village, Massachusetts. Married for twenty years, Lyddie is used to the trials of being a whaling wife, her husband's sudden departure More

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This book provides insightful details of life in Colonial New England and a peek at what the early feminist must have been like. Sally Gunning does a great job of portraying the difficulties of being a widow in a time when women had very little rights and the religious rules were strict. She also creates a believable scenario and touches on the strained relationship between the early settlers and the Indians.
by-Linda-PBR 2011/09/05, 06:19 PM

The Pearl That Broke Its Shell
by Nadia Hashimi
From The Jacket: Afghan-American Nadia Hashimi's literary debut novel is a searing tale of powerlessness, fate, and the freedom to control one's own fate that combines the cultural flavor and emotional resonance of the works of Khaled Hosseini, J More

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A story that looks at the life of Afghanistan women. As an American, it’s hard to comprehend and take in the total lack of control they have over their lives. Beautifully written, fascinating and revealing; a book for any Historical fiction aficionado
by-linda 2016/11/14, 03:16 PM

The Girl Who Wrote In Silk
by Kelli Estes
From The Jacket: Every inch of the sleeve was intricately embroidered with richly colored threads, creating pictures as detailed as if they were paintings. Inara knew nothing of textiles or sewing, but even she could tell this sleeve was not mere More

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This was my book club choice earlier this year. I rated it a 4 because not only was the story very well researched and planned but was based on fact, exposing flaws in human nature and peoples attitudes. This was a love story as well as a lesson in American history. The writing was exquisite and told the story in a very moving and passionate way, while exposing flaws in our society, ones which are still which around today.
by-bvhunt 2016/11/04, 03:23 PM

This is the kind of book that makes you think. The past seems to be repeating itself and human nature seems always to rear it’s ugly head. We’ve seen the kind of ethnic discrimination, which takes place in this book, time and time again. Although not entirely accurate, an excellent read for Historical Fiction buffs.
by-linda 2016/10/17, 05:34 PM

Circling the Sun
by Paula Mclain
From The Jacket: Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young wo More

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I love how Beryl was such a Tom Boy, yet still so sensual. It must have been hard to pull off in the 1920's. Absorbing book.
by-Andrea 2016/11/02, 05:25 PM

The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic
by Hazel Gaynor
From The Jacket: Inspired by true events, the New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home is the poignant story of a group of Irish emigrants aboard RMS Titanic—a seamless blend of fact and fiction that explores the tragedy's impact a More

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