Book Genre: Historical Fiction

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H. M. 1970- Castor
lcole
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 in the first...

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Jojo Moyes
Dana F
3

I both liked and didn't like The Girl You Left Behind. I enjoyed the book's two settings: 1916 and present day. I learned a lot about German-occupied France during World War I. I also liked the main male character during the present-day setting. However, I had a hard time feeling...

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Philipp Meyer
Michelle
5

It's a Western! An epic multi-generational Texas saga. And I loved it!

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Jonathan Odell
lcole
5

The Healing provides a thought provoking look at slavery in the antebellum South.  Gran Gran has just taken in a young grieving orphan named Violet.  Gran Gran tells Violet the story of her life beginning when she was born a slave on a plantation.  She was taken from her mother as...

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Elizabeth Gilbert
Nikki
5

I loved this book!  It is one of my favorites for the year.  The Signature of All Things tells about the life, beginning to end, of Alma Whittaker a very smart, very dedicated botanist in the 19th Century.  I love Historical Fiction and this one will rank high on my list of all...

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Ruta Sepetys
CarolE
4

Working mornings as the clean-up girl at a bordello in New Orleans is not as near and dear to Josie’s heart as her other job at Marlowe’s Bookstore in 1950.   Surrounding her are Willie, the tough madam who knows how to run things, Cokie, the chauffeur, Patrick and Charlie Marlowe who...

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Amy Tan
L.F.
3

The mother-daughter theme of Amy Tan’s new novel, The Valley of Amazement, will be a familiar one for fans of her previous works.  Tan delves into the complex relationships and nuanced interactions of several generations of strong female characters.  The author reveals her...

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Michael Ennis
ShellyB
4

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!  Centered around the infamous Borgias of the Italian Renaissance, Pope Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia) and his two illegitimate sons Juan and Cesare, this tale is told by two narrators, Niccolo Machiavelli and a courtesan (the mother of Juan's son).  She...

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Rosemary Wells
lcole
3

Ivy Takes Care is a gentle book set in 1949. Ivy’s parents work on a ranch in Nevada.  The family doesn’t have much money.  Ivy’s best friend Annie comes from a wealthy family and Annie will be going away all summer to an elite summer camp.  Annie is getting more connected with...

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Elisa Lynn Carbone
Hope
4

This young adult novel was researched right here in Denver at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library!  In 1878, Eva Wilkins loses the couple that adopted her and is forced to travel to Denver, where her birth mother still lives.  Once she arrives, she is shocked to find...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Joe R. Lansdale
Ken
3

This book is pretty good. It's a novella with four short stories about Reverend Jebidiah Mercer a hardened man of God, whose purpose is to wipe out evil where ever he finds it. It has a lot of horror elements, zombie, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, demons, and kobolds. Other than the story with...

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Jude Deveraux
Nancy
2

The Duchess is the first romance novel I've ever read.  My taste in books runs toward meatier material, so I approached this book expecting not to like it.  I was fairly pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy it at least a bit.  The clever, beautiful girl on the brink of...

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Robert Jackson Bennett
Ken
3

This was a pretty good horror book. The background of the Great Depression was an interesting setting for the story. A good bit of the action is fairly gory, which might turn people off. The ending is awesome though.

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Melinda Taub
Carrie
4

Romance, adventure, and political intrigue abound in this delightful riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  The novel picks up where the play ends: street brawls and suicide among Verona's youth have left...

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Kate Atkinson
Becker
5

On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances. She is...

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Ben Stroud
Brett
4

In this debut collection of stories, Ben Stroud demonstrates an amazing versatility, creating completely believable characters in a variety of contemporary and historical settings. Stroud takes us from 19th century Berlin to present day East Texas to the ancient city of Byzantium. To give you an...

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Elmore Leonard
Rebecca
5

If you know anything about Elmore Leonard's style, you've probably been told one of two things: His prose is "spare," and the way he writes dialogue is beyond compare (him and Mark Twain. They can listen to people, and write the way people talk--a deceptively difficult skill to master). Leonard'...

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Jennifer Chiaverini
BeeGeeJay
2

Mrs. Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave, was Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker and confidante. Elizabeth bought her freedom before the Civil War started.  I found the idea of the story a fascinating one. Was Mrs. Keckley a real person? Are all those stories about Mrs. Lincoln's mental...

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Kate Worsley
Becker
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the ways of the house and as her...

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Joseph A West
Ken
2

The author of this book had a good idea for a western, then decided it needed pirates, Chinese secret societies, and Jack the Ripper. Based on the back of this book it could have been an entertaining western, but then everything changed halfway through the book, which would have been fine had it...

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M. K Hume
Hope
3

The first of a trilogy, this book looks at the beginnings of the Merlin legends by examining his family and childhood. Myrddion (Merlin) is the product of a disturbingly brutal rape that leaves his mother broken for the rest of her life. The story examines Myrddion’s life as he is raised by his...

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Victoria Alexander
Ken
1

The wicked little lie about this book is the description on the back. I read the description and thought I would get a romance with some action and spying and intrigue, what I got was one of the most boring books I have ever read, the characters were stupid, the plot seemed half taken from a...

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Julie Berry
Kristi
4

Judith is shunned in her closed, religious community, even by her mother. She doesn’t talk after she was kidnapped and had her tongue cut out. Where was she for two years and what unspeakable things were done to her? Now she’s tainted. Her best friend disappeared at the same time and was found...

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Kathleen Kent
L.F.
3

Acclaimed historical fiction author Kathleen Kent sets her newest novel, The Outcasts, in her native state of Texas.  This titillating tale of the west regales the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Kent draws from historical records in her deft portrayal of period characters....