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The Shoemaker's Wife
3.98
it was amazing
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
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Feb 09, 2014
Feb 10, 2014
 
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
3.55
it was amazing
Book Description from Amazon.com
In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women bo
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Apr 2006
Nov 19, 2007
 
March
3.74
it was amazing
Review from Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Brooks's luminous second novel, after 2001's acclaimed Year of Wonders, imagines the Civil War experience
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Jun 2006
Nov 19, 2007
 
Gilt
3.61
liked it
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace
Time: 1539-1542

Main characters: Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, Katherine (Kitty) Tylney, Jane Boleyn - Dowage
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Apr 20, 2014
Apr 09, 2014
 
Moloka'i
4.15
it was amazing
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
 
A Reliable Wife
3.25
it was ok
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
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Jul 10, 2011
Jun 28, 2011
 
Year of Wonders
4.00
really liked it
I would have given this 5 stars except for the rather unbelievable ending. Already taking historical license with facts and characters to create melod ...more
Apr 17, 2015
Nov 05, 2014
 
The Kitchen House
4.18
really liked it
I really wish Goodreads would support half stars. This is a 3.5 for me. A notch above average, but not enough to bump it up to 4 stars. The story begi ...more
Jun 05, 2016
Nov 05, 2015
 
Loving Frank
3.74
it was amazing
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
 
The Queen's Secret
3.82
it was amazing
Setting: England, mainly at Kenilworth Castle, Warwickshire
Time: 1575

Main characters: Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley - Earl of Leicester, Lettice Knollys
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Oct 04, 2013
Sep 16, 2013
 
At the Water's Edge
3.65
it was ok
I am just not sure what this book wanted to be. Historical fiction? A love story? A story about Scotland, its culture and superstitions? It didn't rea ...more
May 15, 2017
Feb 05, 2015
 
Plague Land (Somershill Manor Mystery, #1)
3.61
it was amazing
Setting: England, Kent, Somershill (fictional manor and rural village)
Time: 1350, two years after the plague has ravaged the country killing half the
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May 16, 2015
not set
Feb 25, 2015
 
The Invention of Wings
4.23
it was amazing
A fascinating and true story told in alternating voices. Well researched and the author made only minor historical adjustments to tell her story. Sara ...more
Sep 09, 2017
Dec 15, 2016
 
Circling the Sun
3.92
liked it
This took me a long time to finish, because it kept getting interrupted by other things with time limits that I had to read. I learned a lot about Ber ...more
Apr 11, 2017
Dec 15, 2016
 
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
4.23
it was amazing
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
 
Longbourn
3.62
really liked it
This book does not try to retell the story of Pride and Prejudice, but it does serve as the framework for a story of the servants at Longbourn. The li ...more
Feb 24, 2015
Dec 03, 2013
 
The Tudor Secret (The Spymaster Chronicles, #1)
3.65
Setting: England, London, Whitehall Palace

Time: 1602, 1553

Main characters: Brendan Prescott - an orphan raised in the Dudley household, Princess Eliza
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not set
Oct 09, 2013
 
The Book Thief
4.36
it was amazing
This is the coming of age story of a young girl growing up in Nazi Germany during World War II, narrated by Death himself. Although dark and tragic, i ...more
Mar 2012
Nov 16, 2007
 
A Fall of Marigolds
4.04
really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up to 4. I liked the overall plot - two women, two tragedies a century apart, lots of parallels between the two, enough psychologica ...more
May 15, 2017
May 16, 2017
 
Tarnish
3.81
Setting: England, London, Greenwich Palace, Richmond Palace, Bridewell Palace, Hever Castle, Windsor Castle

Time: 1523-1525

Main characters: Henry VIII,
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not set
Oct 09, 2013
 
Cathedral of the Sea
4.06
it was amazing
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)
4.05
Setting: Sweden, England, London, Whitehall Palace and various

Time: 1564-1603

Main characters: Elizabeth I, Helena (Elin) von Snakenborg, William Parr
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not set
Oct 09, 2013
 
The Confession of Fitzwilliam Darcy
3.68
really liked it
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
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Aug 27, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
 
Remarkable Creatures
3.82
really liked it
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
3.40
liked it
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
3.58
liked it
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
 
Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (Cicero, #1)
4.06
really liked it
Despite being inundated with politics in this presidential election year, I found this to be a fascinating look at politics in ancient Rome. With impe ...more
Mar 16, 2016
Mar 01, 2016
 
The Forgotten Queen (Tudor Court #4)
3.65
liked it
Setting: England, Scotland
Time: 1498-c1538

Main characters: Margaret Tudor (sister of Henry VIII); James IV, King of Scotland; James V, King of Scotlan
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Aug 19, 2013
Aug 07, 2013
 
The Witch Doctor's Wife (Amanda Brown #1)
3.53
it was amazing
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 Sixth Wife (Tudor Saga, #7)
3.91
really liked it
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
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