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The Orchardist
From the very first page of The Orchardist I knew that I would love this book. The detailed, flowing description of Talmadge sets the scene and writin...more
Aug 18, 2012
Aug 05, 2012
Frozen is a mix of historical fiction, coming-of-age and mystery, set in 1920s Minnesota. The setting, the characters and the story make for a hauntin...more
Aug 17, 2012
Jul 28, 2012
Rose Under Fire
When I finished Code Name Verity I knew I'd fallen in love with Elizabeth Wein's style, characterisation and sense of history. Although I had some sma...more
Oct 14, 2013
May 24, 2013
Between Shades of Gray
Most of the information and books I have read about World War II is focused mainly on Western Europe and the plight of the Jewish people. So when I sa...more
Apr 2012
May 16, 2012
A Suitable Husband
I love historical fiction, particularly stories set around 1940s Europe. A Suitable Husband is set in 1930s Poland, a period that also had my interest...more
Sep 14, 2012
Jul 15, 2012
So Brave, Young, and Handsome
I don't even remember when, or why I picked up So Brave, Young and Handsome (although the sticker on the back tells me I bought it somewhere in the Eu...more
Apr 14, 2013
Oct 18, 2010
The Sandcastle Girls
Hands up who's heard of the Amernian genocide during World War I? I certainly hadn't, so when I learnt that Chris Bohjalian's newest book drew from bo...more
Jul 18, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
Garden of Stones
When I first picked up Garden of Stones, I thought the author's name sounded familiar, and it was only when I was more than halfway through that I rea...more
Jan 02, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
The Illusion of Separateness
I'm always drawn to books about World War II, and over the last few years that has morphed into looking for more unique books about WWII - and the Ill...more
Jun 22, 2013
Feb 04, 2013
In the Shadow of Blackbirds
From the moment I read the synopsis of In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I knew I had to read it. Historical-romantic-ya-viral-paranormal-fiction? Yup, thi...more
Jan 19, 2013
Oct 28, 2012
Prisoner B-3087
I've read a lot of Holocaust literature over the past ten or so years, but Prisoner B-3087 is a little different to what I normally read in that it is...more
Jun 22, 2013
Apr 01, 2013
Lovely Green Eyes
Skinny is fifteen years old, Jewish and alone in Auschwitz. When faced with a decision between the gas chambers and working in a brothel, she chooses...more
Sep 16, 2012
Aug 21, 2012
Four Freedoms: A Novel
Four Freedoms was one of the first books I purchased when I was given my first e-reader, erm, 2 1/2 years ago. I looked at it and contemplated reading...more
Apr 21, 2012
Jun 12, 2010
Out of the Easy
I really enjoyed Ruta Sepetys' first book, Between Shades of Grey when I read it last year, particularly her characters and storytelling and Out of th...more
Mar 13, 2013
Dec 05, 2012
The Lost Wife
Historical fiction was 'my genre' for more than ten years, and particularly books set during WWII were the ones that I gravitated towards most often....more
Jul 18, 2013
Sep 15, 2012
Never Look Back
Never Look Back is my fourth Lesley Pearse book - whenever I'm in the mood for historical romance, hers are the first books that I check out. They are...more
Sep 04, 2013
Jun 02, 2013
From the very moment I first heard about Margo, I wanted it in my hands. I've said it a hundred times, but Historical Fiction is the genre I grew up r...more
Oct 11, 2013
Jun 19, 2013
The Promise
As soon as I finished reading Belle, which I really enjoyed, I got my hands on a copy of The Promise - I had to find out more about Belle and see what...more
Jun 2012
May 30, 2012
The Light Between Oceans
Although The Light Between Oceans was the Goodreads Choice Awards Historical Fiction winner in 2012, I hadn't actually heard of this book until it cam...more
Oct 18, 2013
Aug 30, 2013
Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1)
Code Name Verity is a book that immediately screamed READ ME the first time I saw it. Apart from being historical fiction set during World War II, the...more
Oct 13, 2013
May 05, 2012
The Lifeboat

The Lifeboat is a book that taps into one of those great fear moments - a ship sinks in the middle of the Atlantic ocean and 39 survivors find themsel...more
Apr 10, 2012
Apr 08, 2012
A Death-Struck Year
Whenever I see a book with some kind of virus, I'm immediately drawn to it. When it's a fictionalised version of a real event like Spanish influenza,...more
Sep 30, 2013
Sep 28, 2013
The Virgin Cure
I read Ami McKay's first book, The Birth House a couple of years ago and completely fell in love with her writing. Historical Fiction is a genre I've...more
Jun 11, 2012
Mar 31, 2012
4.5 stars

Back before I discovered zombie, post-apocalyptic and dystopian books, I read almost exclusively historical fiction, both romantic and non-...more
May 30, 2012
Mar 05, 2012
I would probably never read Matterhorn if it wasn't for a group on Goodreads that had several members raving about how despite the fact they aren't th...more
May 13, 2013
Mar 05, 2012
The Winds of War (The Henry Family, #1)
On first glance, The Winds of War is an overwhelming book. At 885 pages / 365,879 words and taking place between March 1939 and December 1941, it's bo...more
Aug 02, 2012
Dec 06, 2011
My Name Is Mary Sutter
Ah, I love a bit of historical fiction, but I honestly cannot remember having read a book set during the American Civil War. Coupled with the fact tha...more
Dec 10, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Thorn Birds
I seem to be on something of a re-reading binge lately, revisiting books that I loved as a teenager. I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I have...more
Feb 10, 2013
Oct 13, 2010
The Quietness
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Jun 14, 2014
The Reader
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Jun 13, 2010
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