Category Archives: Historical Fiction

A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night and The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

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I picked the first book up in a local bookshop as it sounded like a book I would enjoy. At the time I didn’t know it was the first book of a series. These are Deborah Harkness’ first novels and overall they make an interesting, intriguing, gripping read. Historical fiction with elements of supernatural and mystery.

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A Discovery of Witches
The first book in the series and we meet Diana Read the rest of this entry

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

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The Miniaturist was advertised everywhere at the end of 2014, a Sunday Times number 1 bestseller and Waterstones Book of the Year. So I was intrigued and had to add it to my reading list. Finally I have read it!

Set in the 1600’s in Amsterdam, we follow Nella who moves into her new husband, Johannes’ home. She meets his sister Marin, the maid Cornelia and the man servant Otto. Nella has to quickly fit into the household run by Marin, discover Johannes’ secret and Read the rest of this entry

Survivor by Lesley Pearse

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Lesley Pearse is one of my favourite authors and Survivor is the follow up to her books Belle and The Promise. I loved those books and really enjoyed following Belle and Etienne’s stories and so Survivor was a must read for me.

In this book Belle, Etienne and Mog are minor characters as we are following the story of their daughter Mariette. Read the rest of this entry

The Girl with the Painted Face by Gabrielle Kimm

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This book has been on my reading list for ages and finally I got around to reading it. The Girl with the Painted Face is a historical story set in Italy and the different theme of following an acting troupe intrigued me.

We follow primarily the story of Sofia who from the outset is in trouble and running away from it. She meets a troupe of travelling actors, joins them and later in the story trouble arises again. Read the rest of this entry

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

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Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts is Mary Gibson’s debut book and for me it was such an enjoyable read. We follow Nellie Clark in the lead up to the war in 1914 and afterwards. Nellie lives in the Bermondsey area of London where life is hard, everything is hand to mouth and working in factories is a way of life.  Read the rest of this entry

Cannery Road by John Steinbeck

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I was inspired to read Cannery Row by John Steinbeck when we went to Monterey as part of our honeymoon in June this year. I really liked Monterey, the aquarium was amazing and the interesting history of Cannery Row was on little notice boards along the footpath. John Steinbeck and his book were also mentioned and so I thought I would check it out. Read the rest of this entry