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Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
Book Description from
In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women bo
Apr 2006
Nov 19, 2007
Review from Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Brooks's luminous second novel, after 2001's acclaimed Year of Wonders, imagines the Civil War experience
Jun 2006
Nov 19, 2007
This is a marvelous and memorable novel. I expected the story of a person confined to a leprosy colony to be bleak and depressing, but this is the sto ...more
Nov 05, 2010
Oct 18, 2010
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
A hefty book, but easily read in a few hours at most. Text alternates with exquisitely detailed drawings (which earned this book the 2007 Caldecott Aw ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 31, 2013
The Queen's Secret
Setting: England, mainly at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Time: 1575

Main characters: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester, Lettice Knollys
Oct 04, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
The Tudor Secret (The Spymaster Chronicles, #1)
Setting: England, London, Whitehall Palace

Time: 1602, 1553

Main characters: Brendan Prescott - an orphan raised in the Dudley household, Princess Eliza
not set
Oct 09, 2013
I have undoubtedly over-rated this, but I had so few 5-star reads last year, I am trying to even out my 3, 4, and 5 star reviews. So anything even sli ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Dec 03, 2013
The Shoemaker's Wife
Caution: May contain spoilers!

I really loved this story. The author spent 20 years on it, and the historical detail is fascinating. Lots of descriptio
Feb 09, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
Loving Frank
Possible spoiler alert! I knew the basic outline of the story of Frank and Mamah going into it, so I dreaded getting to end of it. Nancy Horan created ...more
Aug 12, 2013
Nov 16, 2007
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace, Richmond Palace, Bridewell Palace, Hever Castle, Windsor Castle

Time: 1523-1525

Main characters: Henry VIII,
not set
Oct 09, 2013
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy
First line: I know not how Miss Elizabeth Bennet contrived to bring herself so much to my notice throughout the course of that evening.

Time covered: B
Aug 27, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
Cathedral of the Sea
This is everything I love about historical novels and family sagas: big, sweeping, panoramic, enough history to understand the context, enough detail ...more
Mar 12, 2013
Mar 12, 2013
Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)
Setting: Sweden, England, London, Whitehall Palace and various

Time: 1564-1603

Main characters: Elizabeth I, Helena (Elin) von Snakenborg, William Parr
not set
Oct 09, 2013
Remarkable Creatures
The "remarkable creatures" here could refer to the first discoveries in the early 19th century, of the fossil remains of extinct creatures, the Ichthy ...more
Jul 26, 2011
Jul 26, 2011
Darcy's Story
Here's the next of the Darcy "during-quels" that I've just finished. This one also starts just before Georgiana's escapade with Wickham and ends just ...more
Aug 20, 2009
Aug 15, 2009
Darcy's Passions: Pride and Prejudice Retold Through His Eyes
This book vacillated between two and maybe three and a half stars for me. The author did a good job of fleshing out the story while sticking to Jane A ...more
Nov 16, 2009
Nov 05, 2009
A Reliable Wife
Another view of love and murder in early 20th-century rural Wisconsin...

If this had not been an audiobook, I probably would not have finished it. It i
Jul 10, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
The Forgotten Queen
Setting: England, Scotland
Time: 1498-c1538

Main characters: Margaret Tudor (sister of Henry VIII); James IV, King of Scotland; James V, King of Scotlan
Aug 19, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
The Sixth Wife (Tudor Saga, #7)
I don't think I have read Jean Plaidy for several decades. I devoured her books in my teens and had forgotten how good she is. Her historical research ...more
Jan 27, 2014
Jan 10, 2014
The Witch Doctor's Wife (Amanda Brown #1)
I loved this even more than the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Set in the 50s during great political unrest, the Congo is still under Belgian control ...more
Oct 10, 2014
Sep 24, 2014
The Aviator's Wife
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. After a somewhat slow start that had me shelve the book for awhile, when I came back to it I found the story ...more
Oct 16, 2014
Sep 29, 2014
The Traitor's Wife: The Woman Behind Benedict Arnold and the Plan to Betray America
I'm a bit torn in my review of this book. I enjoyed the historical background and the details of everyday life. The characters are well-done but a bit ...more
Sep 23, 2014
Aug 19, 2014
The Madonnas of Leningrad
A relatively short and easy read, full of vivid descriptions of art, and war, and aging. I would have loved some photos of the museum and the artwork, ...more
Dec 18, 2013
Dec 02, 2013
The Cape Ann
From back of book:
Lark Erhardt, the six-year-old narrator of The Cape Ann, and her fiercely independent mother dream of owning their own house; they h
May 04, 2009
May 06, 2009
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
I love the premise of this book, being a researcher and historian myself. I also like investigations into the paranormal. However - this ends up borde ...more
Oct 11, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Venus in Winter
Setting: England, Derbyshire, Hardwick Manor, London

Time: 1539-1567, Prologue and Epilog 1603

Main characters: Elizabeth Hardwick Talbot - Countess of
not set
Oct 09, 2013
Murder at Hatfield House  (Elizabethan Mysteries, #1)
Setting: England, Hatfield House

Time: 1558

Main characters: Princess Elizabeth, Kate Haywood - musician

First paragraph, Prologue: "It was a frozen, gra
not set
Oct 09, 2013
The Founding (The Morland Dynasty, #1)
Four stars is perhaps generous, but I like family sagas and I like historical fiction where history is actually the focus. This is book 1 of a now 34 ...more
Jul 26, 2012
May 08, 2012
Queen's Gambit
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace, Whitehall Palace
Time: 1543-1549

Main characters: Henry VIII, Katherine Parr, Thomas Seymour, Dot Fownten (D
Dec 09, 2013
Oct 07, 2013
Voyager (Outlander, #3)
I listened to the audio version read by Davina Porter. I enjoyed this more than the previous book, probably because it covered a longer period of time ...more
Dec 24, 2008
Sep 09, 2008
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