Reviews and Blog Posts: Historical Fiction

Hattie Big Sky

by Kirby Larson

DPL Rating:
3

I picked up Hattie Big Sky because I am not a huge fan of westerns and I thought I would try easing into the genre with a Young Adult novel. Hattie Big Sky could be called a more grown up version of Little House on the Prairie. Orphaned at a...

Seven for a secret

by Lyndsay Faye

DPL Rating:
3

I suspect this book might gain in popularity since the release of the film 12 Years a Slave. This thriller/mystery is set in New York City during the infancy of the NYPD. A young copper finds himself enmeshed in the investigation of the disappearance of a free black woman and...

The sweetness at the bottom of the pie

by C. Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
4

I picked up this book because it was highly recommended by a coworker when she found out I have an aversion to mysteries and because my brother had recommended the book to me nearly four years ago. I figured two people who knew my tastes couldn’t be wrong, and they...

Longbourn

by Jo Baker

DPL Rating:
4

If you check out this ebook expecting any kind of retelling, variation, or continuation of Pride and Prejudice, you will be disappointed.   This story takes place in the same world as Jane Austen’s beloved novel and does include all of the original characters you may be hoping to read about,...

The all-girl filling station's last reunion : a novel

by Fannie Flagg

DPL Rating:
5

The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is Fannie Flagg’s newest novel. I love this novel. I think everyone should read it.

Fannie Flagg’s memorable characters and her great storytelling blending of history and the present day makes you almost unaware of learning about the strength of the women of World War...

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia de Luce Novel

by Alan Bradley

DPL Rating:
5

This latest installment of the Flavia de Luce mystery series does not disappoint.   For those who don’t know the series, Flavia is a precocious almost-twelve-year-old girl with a penchant for chemistry (especially the making of poisons) and solving murders.  She lives at Buckshaw, a manor house that is the relic...

The anatomist's wife : a Lady Darby novel

by Anna Lee Huber

DPL Rating:
4

Kiera, Lady Darby, is a woman shunned and reviled by London’s polite society.  After the sudden death of her anatomist husband, it is discovered that she is the illustrator behind her husband’s textbook on anatomy and the knowledge sends shockwaves of horror and disgust rippling through society.   What society doesn’t...

Did You Miss This?

The Delta Sisters

If you browse the book stacks at the Central Library, chances are you'll spy a "Did you miss this?" bookmark tucked in a title. Staff periodically flag a book that may have fallen off your reading radar. Who knows? You may discover a new, favorite title!

Come, My Little Angel by Diane Nobel
A slim novella tells the story of 10 year old Daisy who is praying for a miracle in the High Sierras. If you like the series, Chicken Soup for the Soul, this story may be for you!

VIII

by H. M. 1970- Castor

DPL Rating:
4

I was totally engrossed in this historical fiction novel.  It’s the story of Henry VIII, who was king of England in the early 1500’s.  He’s best known for having six wives but there’s so much more to his life.  Henry VIII, known in the book as Hal, tells his story...

It's That Time of the Year...

If You Could Be Mine

Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.

I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.

Science Fiction & Horror:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!

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