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message 1: by Annie (new)

Annie (allyouneedistea) Hi everyone. If you decide to review the books you've read for this challenge, feel free to post either the full review or a link to your blog/Goodreads review here.

There is also a Historical Fiction Reading Challenge Book Review Blog which proved popular last year. If you would like to contribute a review or be added as an author please drop me an email through Goodreads. You can view the blog and all of our participant's wonderful reviews by following this link: http://hfchallengereviews.blogspot.com/


message 2: by Kate (new)

Kate | 8 comments Oh excellent, that's still up? I hadn't seen any activity on it recently but loved having the blog to review and read other reviews. Thanks!


message 3: by Alaine, aka The Queen of Happy Endings (new)

Alaine (Alainemb) | 8 comments Mod
Just finished my first book for the challenge. It was Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott, very disappointed with this book. My reviews is here http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56...


message 4: by Sheree, aka The Empress of Good & Evil (last edited Jan 12, 2009 10:39PM) (new)

Sheree | 5 comments Mod
Finished my first book for the historical fiction challenge - To Dance with Kings by Rosalind Laker.
Check out my review at http://teddyree-theeclecticreader.blo...


message 5: by Alaine, aka The Queen of Happy Endings (new)

Alaine (Alainemb) | 8 comments Mod
I also finished my first book a few days ago. Was a bit disappointed. It was Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott and the review is here: http://alainereading.blogspot.com/200...


message 6: by Alaine, aka The Queen of Happy Endings (new)

Alaine (Alainemb) | 8 comments Mod
I just finished the challenge. My reviews are here: http://alainereading.blogspot.com/sea... Although I have heaps more historicals to read so this won't be it for me.


message 7: by Kate (new)

Kate | 8 comments My first is up: The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. Not historical fiction per se, but contemporary historical fiction (?) as it was written in the 1930s about the 1930s. Review is here:
http://whatkatesreading.blogspot.com/...



message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate | 8 comments Kate wrote: "Oh excellent, that's still up? I hadn't seen any activity on it recently but loved having the blog to review and read other reviews. Thanks!"

I just posted my Agatha Christie review there too. Is anyone still using that? I really did like that site as a central review depository.


message 9: by Stacy (last edited Jan 18, 2009 07:05PM) (new)

Stacy (StacyH) | 5 comments I finished my first review of The Other Queen, I was really disappointed in this book and don't recommend it. My full review is here: http://bellsforstacy.blogspot.com/200...


message 10: by Alaine, aka The Queen of Happy Endings (new)

Alaine (Alainemb) | 8 comments Mod
Hi Stacy, read your review and have heard similar things. It is the only Tudor novel of Philippa Gregory's I haven't read. I enjoyed all the other but must say the one I liked the least was The Virgin Lover. Anyway, I enjoyed your review.


message 11: by Kelly (new)

Kelly | 3 comments Hi Stacy ~
Your opinion of The Other Queen was just like mine...boring and repetitive. It was by far the worst of Philippa Gregory's writing!


message 12: by Joyce (new)

Joyce | 6 comments I tried The Virgin Lover and couldn't finish it. I forgot to look at the copyright date. It just seemed so inferior to The Boleyn Inheritance. Might it have been an early book of hers, before she'd fully developed her writing style? Does anyone know?


message 13: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (StacyH) | 5 comments Joyce wrote: "I tried The Virgin Lover and couldn't finish it. I forgot to look at the copyright date. It just seemed so inferior to The Boleyn Inheritance. Might it have been an early book of hers, before she'd..."

The Virgin's Lover was published first, in 2004. The Boleyn Inheritance was 2006. But both are well into her writing career. She seems to be getting worse, and not better. I don't know if it's because they are rushing the editing process to make publication deadlines or what ...


message 14: by Joyce (new)

Joyce | 6 comments Just finished reading Death of a Squire, by Maureen Ash. I wrote a short review on Goodreads, but a more detailed review can be read on my blog at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com/2009/01/.... As noted in my blog review, this is just one reader's opinion!


message 15: by Cam (new)

Cam Have just finished reading Sylvia, by Bryce Courtenay (am sorry to say I was really disappointed with it) have given it 2 stars, it's my first book in the challenge, you can find the review here.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...


message 16: by Felicia (new)

Felicia J. I just posted my review of A Rose for the Crown by Anne Easter Smith. I enjoyed the story but felt it had some flaws.

http://scalingmounttbr.blogspot.com/2...


message 17: by [deleted user] (new)

Love the title of your website, Felicia - LOL! Enjoyed your review, too.


message 18: by Blodeuedd (new)

Blodeuedd Finland I just finished my first book for the challenge :)
My review of Anita Amirrezvani's The Blood of Flowers can be found here
http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/200...

A bit short, but I am new at writing reviews, and especially in English, lol.


message 19: by Meryl (new)

Meryl | 4 comments Just finished re-reading I, Elizabeth A Novel by Rosalind Miles. It's my favorite!

Here's my post: http://www.mybitofearth.net/2009/01/h...


message 20: by Terri (last edited Feb 02, 2009 03:15PM) (new)

Terri The Falcons of Montabard by Elizabeth Chadwick was my first book for the Historical Fiction Challenge. I did leave a review on goodreads afterwards and it is pretty...ah...'scathing' I suppose you could say. I wasn't a fan of the last half of this book.
Have copied in the shortcut link to the book and my review on goodreads.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39...

I have started my next Challenge book which also happens to be a Chadwick. The Conquest. Too early to tell what this book will become, but it is not as well written as books of hers such as The Love Knot and The Champion.



message 21: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (StacyH) | 5 comments Just finished my second book for the challenge, The Russian Concubine by Kate Furnivall. I liked it but it wasn't my favorite. It had some issues. The review is here ... http://bellsforstacy.blogspot.com/200...


message 22: by Ruth (new)

Ruth I've started reading Philip Lee William's The True and Authentic History of Jenny Dorset: Consisting of a Narrative by a Retainer, Mr. Henry Hawthorne, Along With the History of Two Households, That of Dorset and Smythe ... : A Novel. It begins in Charles Town in 1750s so I'm going with Historical Fiction but I'm a bit disappointed in the beginning. Perchance has anyone read this and have an opinion? Any info greatly appreciated.

Thanks





message 23: by Felicia (new)

Felicia J. Meryl, I read "I, Elizabeth" several years ago and remember really liking how Miles portrayed the queen. I'll have to re-read it at some point.

I'm disappointed by all the negative things I'm hearing about "The Other Queen," especially since the book is sitting in my bedroom "to-read" pile! I thought telling the story of Mary's captivity through her jailers might give it a fresh perspective.


message 24: by Felicia (new)

Felicia J. I finished my second challenge book: A Crowning Mercy by Bernard Cornwell & Susannah Kells. I loved it! My review: http://scalingmounttbr.blogspot.com/2...


message 25: by Cynthia (last edited Feb 05, 2009 06:55PM) (new)

Cynthia Hale (SewCynthia) I finished my first book: Sherlock In Love by Sena Jeter Naslund.I absolutely loved it! I put a review up at my book blog:Book Junkie



message 26: by Sheila (new)

Sheila (SheilaWhyNotBecauseISaidSo) I reviewed and blogged about "the Other Boleyn Girl" my January challenge book. I had waited to read this book and I am so glad that I finally had the chance to read it.

http://whynotbecauseisaidso.blogspot....

The good news is that I have already read my February challenge book and I also loved this one; even better than my January book. The book I read is called, "The Virgin Queen's Daughter, a novel" by Ella March Chase. This is an excellent book about Queen Elizabeth and the "possible" daughter she may have had. It is very well written and I finished it within 2 days. I will give a more detailed review on my blog later.

I am so happy that I joined this challenge! I used to read royal books a lot and had dropped off in this area. So it is great to be reading them again.




message 27: by Alaine, aka The Queen of Happy Endings (new)

Alaine (Alainemb) | 8 comments Mod
Hi Everyone, we have added a Mr Linky to the blog so you can put your reviews up. Just add the name of the book and the Blog or Goodreads URL and then everyone can go and read your reviews. PS When reading others reviews make sure you leave a comment to let them know you enjoyed it.

Click on the link: http://theroyalreviews.blogspot.com/2...


message 28: by Terri (last edited Feb 08, 2009 07:58PM) (new)

Terri I have finished my second book for the challenge. The Conquest by Elizabeth Chadwick.
I remarked in this thread, on my dislike of my first Challenge read (another Chadwick novel) and left it a take-no-prisoners review. Luckily, The Conquest left The Falcons of Montabard in the shade and I am not so turned off Chadwick books anymore. Thank goodness for The Conquest because if I don't have Chadwick novels to read then I have no idea what other female writer of that ilk could appease me. There are male authors eg; Bernard Cornwell, but I don't know any other female authors that write like Elizabeth Chadwick.

Here is the link to my review of The Conquest on goodreads.
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50...


message 29: by Terri (last edited Feb 17, 2009 03:21PM) (new)

Terri Alaine wrote: "Hi Everyone, we have added a Mr Linky to the blog so you can put your reviews up. Just add the name of the book and the Blog or Goodreads URL and then everyone can go and read your reviews. PS When..."
Hi Alaine,
I left my review link on the blog using the 'Mr Linky' thingie. To leave a review link it said Your Name and then Your URL. So, being a complete ignoramus with that sort of thing (I'm unfamiliar with the world of blogging), I did in fact leave 'my name', Terri. I did the right thing in one respect and left my goodreads url correctly. Is it possible for you to delete/edit my name from the link and put in The Conquest Elizabeth Chadwick instead please?





message 30: by Mary (new)

Mary (LavendarMary) | 2 comments Hi Alaine, please delete my name, too, as I did exactly what Terri did. I thought "name" meant mine. Sorry.


message 31: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 3 comments I recently reviewed my first book for this challenge. My review can be found at http://samsbookblog.blogspot.com. I read The Reluctant Widow by Georgette Heyer and really enjoyed it. I just joined Goodreads and will post my review here as well.


message 32: by [deleted user] (new)

First challenge book completed: The Needle in the Blood by Sarah Bower. It's a sophisticated love story constructed around the creation of the Bayeux Tapestry. I enjoyed it quite a bit. My review is at www.HistoricalNovels.info.


message 33: by Sheree, aka The Empress of Good & Evil (new)

Sheree | 5 comments Mod
Finished my second book for the challenge and did the Mr Linky thing. The Wild Hunt by Elizabeth Chadwick
http://teddyree-theeclecticreader.blo...



message 34: by Sheree, aka The Empress of Good & Evil (new)

Sheree | 5 comments Mod
Finished the challenge (woohoo) but I think I might repeat it as I still have heaps of historicals on my TBR list.
Anyway last one for this challenge was a historical romance - Pleasuring the Pirate by Emily Bryan.
Check out my review -
http://teddyree-theeclecticreader.blo...


message 35: by Meryl (new)

Meryl | 4 comments See my review of "Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles here: http://www.mybitofearth.net/2009/02/h...


message 36: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (StacyH) | 5 comments My review of To Hold the Crown by Jean Plaidy. http://bellsforstacy.blogspot.com/200...

SKIP this one.


message 37: by [deleted user] (new)

Second book read: The Sound of Building Coffins, a new novel set in late nineteenth century New Orleans. I found it fascinating. My review is at www.HistoricalNovels.info.


message 38: by Kate (new)

Kate | 8 comments Hi all, second book completed! Deanna Raybourn's Silent on the Moor, the third of her Lady Julia Grey mysteries set in Victorian England. Review here.


message 39: by Joyce (new)

Joyce | 6 comments Just finished my second book for the challenge, The Count of Monte Cristo. You can read my full review at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com/2009/02/...


message 40: by Wanda (new)

Wanda (wanda514) Hi everyone. I completed Someone Knows My Name and Signora da Vinci. I am moving on to my third for the challenge - The Secret Lion. I stink at providing reviews and synopses for books but I can tell you that I enjoyed Someone Knows My Name tremendously and can recommend it whole-heartedly. I enjoyed Signora da Vinci but not as much as I thought I would. I am really enjoying The Secret Lion so far.


message 41: by Terri (new)

Terri I finished my last book for the challenge a few days back. I was going to stick to the 'Royal Twist' for the Challenge and read Bernard Cornwell's book based on the story of Alfred the Great, The Last Kingdom. However, my husband started reading it before I had a chance to get to it and I ended up reading another Cornwell book, Harlequin (Book 1 of the Grail Quest and published as The Archer's Tale in America), instead.
As this is my third book for the challenge, I am officially done. Enjoy all your challenge books everyone! Cheerio, Terri

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/68...


message 42: by Charlotte (new)

Charlotte (Char1) | 4 comments I just finished my second book for the challenge. It was The Scarlet Letter. See my review here: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...


message 43: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Hale (SewCynthia) I just read The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I LOVED it!! You can read my review by clicking HERE



message 44: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia Hale (SewCynthia) I have finished. WOO HOO!! Now I will read all of the ones that have caught my eye here on this message board!

My last book was The Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde. It is so funny. I posted a review HERE



message 45: by Wanda (new)

Wanda (wanda514) Hello, all. I have completed the challenge. I loved all the books for different reasons; however, I really enjoyed The Secret Lion by C.W. Gortner. If you have the chance, please take the time to read it; you won't be disappointed. The suspense and intrigue carry on until the end and the ending creates the opening for a sequel. All in all, a great book.


message 46: by Joyce (new)

Joyce | 6 comments Thanks to a 4 1/2 hour wait on location for a car repair yesterday, I have finished this challenge with my third historical novel, The Dark Lantern. You can read my review at http://jdp-news.blogspot.com/2009/03/...

This was a great challenge! I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I'm off to read other things for awhile now. Good luck to all of you who are still reading! :-)


message 47: by [deleted user] (new)

I've finished book #3, the highly atmospheric Ex-Libris by Ross King, and posted my review at www.HistoricalNovels.info. That completes the challenge for me, but I'm going on to read Winter in Madrid by C.J. Sansom. It's set in Madrid immediately after the Spanish Civil War, with extensive flashbacks that take place during the war. With the Spanish Civil War taking place at the same time as the rise of the Nazis in Germany, novelists have given it short shrift, but it was a distinct historical event that deserves more attention.


message 48: by Samantha (new)

Samantha | 3 comments I just reviewed my 2nd book (The Kingmaking by Helen Hollick) for this challenge and here is the link

http://samsbookblog.blogspot.com/2009...

Stop by and check it out :)


message 49: by Blodeuedd (new)

Blodeuedd Finland I just finished and reviewed The Greatest Knight by Elizabeth Chadwick

http://books-forlife.blogspot.com/200...

Only one more to go now


message 50: by Terry (new)

Terry | 2 comments I just finished the challenge. I read The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent which I give a 3.5/5, Secrets of the Tudor Court: Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson which I give a 4/5 and Lords of the White Castle by Elizabeth Chadwick which I give a 5/5.


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