Category: historical fiction.

Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Book Review: The Innocents by Michael Crummey

Let me set the scene for you: two kids live in an extremely isolated cove, their parents die, and they are forced to harvest and catch their own food as a means of survival. That’s it. That’s the book. And in the words of the author-who would want to read...
Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

Book Review: Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt

So I know Halloween is over, but I’m the type of person who likes to read spooky stories all year around, especially in the winter when I’m curled up by my fireplace. Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt landed on my doorstep unexpectedly, so the good folks...
Book Review: Lampedusa by Steven Price

Book Review: Lampedusa by Steven Price

Dear reader; I wanted so much to like Lampedusa by Steven Price. At the time I’m writing this, it was announced as a shortlist contender for the Giller Prize, and because so many people in Canada are forming their reading lists based on this prize alone, I may...
Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Book Review: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

I’ve always been aware of Ernest Hemingway’s ‘not-so-positive’ reputation. I studied him in school, and was vaguely aware he had a bunch of marriages and an obvious drinking problem, so I had always thought of his personal life as a bit dark....
Book Review: The Storm by Arif Anwar

Book Review: The Storm by Arif Anwar

I love the suspense that a storm brings to the fore in a fictional book; as the winds change, so do our expectations as a reader. This story begins with a storm, and ends with the same storm, pushing the reader in all different directions and time periods, raging...
Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Book Review: The Huntress by Kate Quinn

Has anyone else noticed the spate of ‘women in war’ books lately? Not that I’m complaining, but when you read a few novels that are all very similar in topic, you tend to judge them a little more harshly without intending to. I wasn’t...